March 5, 2018

“Those who are the most creative are some of the most active advocates for change and social justice in the world,” outlines Lys Anzia, founder and director of TRACE Center for Integrative Arts & Activism.

TRACE Arts Center is more than a downtown brick-and-mortar building that lectures on the arts. It’s a global ARTLab incubator and an experimental out-of-the-box higher learning institution of incredible teachers and instructors, sculptors and painters, potters and metal-smiths, slam and classical poets, illustrators and muralists, dancers and choreographers, installation and performance artists, fiction and non-fiction writers, musicians and composers, videographers and filmmakers, book authors and designers, documentary photographers and playwrights, actors, and more, who can come together to support each other to engage and expand the arts.


Artist Jodina Meehan is a fascinating artist who has worked with the science of cymatics for over a decade. Cymatics is considered an art by some and a science by others. Meehans discoveries into the world of cymatics has been shown on National Geographic television as well as Cirque Du Soleil performances.


 A study of science and mathematics, is also part of what TRACE considers to be essential to all artists who want to extend their work.

In the 1950s science studies lectures given by the likes of physicist Albert Einstein, as well as the American architect and inventor Buckminster Fuller and respected mathematician and faculty member Max Dehn were part of the landscape at Black Mountain College.

Today TRACE Arts Center is working to combine science, mathematics, humanities, social justice and art instruction to enable students to engage and speak to our time.

So how does art and science collide?

We believe deeply that ‘Impact-Arts’ can invent new art cultures and new explorations.

Our studystream lecturers and live video conferencing teachers like Jungian analyst Anne Baring , architect and artist Jorge Otero-Pailos and clymatic artist Jodina Meehan are now becoming part of TRACE Education team. These artist mentors and teachers can greatly enlarge the scope and reach for students who feel ready to take the next step.


In 2012 the Smithsonian Institute hosted an intriguing art show. It captured the natural form and geometry of sound through cymatics as a visual and audio study of the star Chi Hydrae. This star, who’s sound is eerily like a heartbeat, is part of the constellation Hydra and is 690 light years away from our own sun.

In an upcoming class TRACE Arts Center will explore cymatic science as a form of art that can open up artistic and creative collaborative projects for TRACE students.


Today we believe you can be part of this ‘Emergist’ art movement and TRACE Arts Center will be standing with you.

“It isn’t a matter of just talking about taking chances with art, words, photo images, film, music and dance,” adds Anzia. “It’s when we ‘move forward on the new’ no matter what gets in our way that innovative forms of expression can bring us close to the edge of a brand new world.”