2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings

# Public Math

## Artists

## Statement

Public Math supports positive math identities through projects that engage children, families, and adults in playful, creative mathematics as they go about their daily lives. We collaborate with teachers, parents, children, and others to upend harmful ideas about who does mathematics, what counts as mathematics, and the purposes to which mathematical thinking is put. An important theme engaged in this work is the relationship between playful, creative math and school math. Does children's engagement with authentic mathematical inquiry matter if it doesn't have a demonstrated effect on test scores or school grades? To whom might it matter and why? Does it matter whether children's math creations end up being called "mathematics"?