The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of thirty institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines.

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Video Game Combines Art, Science, and Learning

Meta!Blast video game earns NSF’s SciVis People’s Choice Award.
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Dr. Steven J. Tepper Appointed Dean of the Herberger Institute

“The unique advantage of having an interdisciplinary set of programs is that we can put together creative teams that can truly imagine things that couldn’t be imagined from a single discipline.”...
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Mellon Research Videos Featured on a2ru YouTube Channel

Mellon Research videos on a2ru's You Tube channel address the nature, benefits, and challenges of collaboration in the arts-integrated interdisciplinary space....
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What Makes a Song Really Sing?

Using background vocals increases the chances that a pop song will top the charts, a USC business researcher found....
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USC and WIRED Team Up for Online Master’s Degree

University of Southern California, Conde Nast, and WIRED announce a master's in integrated design, business and technology....
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New NEA Resources for Arts-Based Community Development

The National Endowment for the Arts is launching new resources to assist practitioners who are working on arts-based community development projects. ...
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Small Play Big Societal Impact

Vang captures the challenges of immigrant farmers in the U.S.
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On Disciplinarity, Interdisciplinarity and Transdisciplinarity

Defining disciplinary collaboration requires an understanding of meaning when it comes to the language used to describe collaboration by type....
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Antidisciplinary Contributions: Making a Difference

Social good bridges the gap between expertise and excellence in music.
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Mandorla of Life Sciences and the Arts: A Lecture Series

Lectures delivered by visiting scholars, artists, and scientists whose work crosses the disciplinary boundary of art and science....
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Post-Disciplinarity: Student Expectations

Students in higher education don't see the world in single disciplines; this shapes interdisciplinary expectations....
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UAB Fabric Artist Works with Community on Installation

Browder is a New York City-based artist who uses donated fabrics to create community collaborative installations....
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Designing Solutions to Community Problems

Can graphic design save a river—and a region? UAB students have laid out a plan to draw attention to the Cahaba River....
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Impediments to Arts Integration

Impediments to arts-integration exist and are manageable if boundaries are respected before they are crossed.
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On Collaboration

Arts-integrated interdisciplinarity includes individuals with hybrid skill sets working solo, as well as collaborative teams comprised of individuals with specific skill sets....
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The Perfect Space to Spark Creativity and Disruption

The first class of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy moved into their home: a dynamic workspace called The Garage....
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The Arts: Meaning and Purpose

Though spirituality and the arts are disciplinarily distinct they share common ground.
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ISU Researcher Strives to Improve Touch Communication

Looking into ways to make braille easier for visually impaired students via touch technology.
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Disciplinary Vernaculars: Separated by a Common Language

It is not the big overarching problems that get in the way of communicating in an interdisciplinary setting; it's the vocabulary issue....
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High-Tech Trash Man: Professor Develops Explosion-Resistant Waste Receptacles

Blast-proof containers could be used to counter safety threats in public spaces and events.
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The Arts: The Empty Space Around What Is

What is articulated is also a reflection of what is discarded.
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Lighter Than Air Competition Introduces Engineering Thought Process

Students get hands-on experience building and flying light aircrafts.
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Hybrid Learning: Iowa State Integrates Engineering With Arts

Iowa State's construction engineering program experiences success with hybrid learning classrooms.
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Etching Sand Castles On A Single Grain Of Sand

MIT alum Marcelo Coelho and visual artist Vik Muniz collaborate on a very small scale.
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Rebirth of Images: A Global Dialogue on Spirituality and the Arts

Call for papers for an April 2015 event. Proposals must be submitted online, on or before midnight of November 30, 2014. ...
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a2ru 2014 National Conference Agenda

The tentative agenda for the 2014 a2ru National Conference at ISU contains information on programs and events.
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The Exploding Universe of Multimedia at USC

Cinematic arts has become an interconnected world of entertainment technology, immersive media, gaming, animation and more....
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Patricia Olynyk Interviewed in NEA Arts Blog

A thought-provoking interview with Patricia Olynyk on the convergence of art and science in her visual arts practice....
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Writer and Composer Class

At USC, graduate poets, graduate composers and graduate voice majors collaborate on setting original poems to original music....
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Student Wins Travel Award to Study Poverty-Reduction Efforts for Quinoa Producers in Ecuador

Research examines effectiveness, sustainability of NGO’s poverty-alleviation initiatives.
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Higher Education Video Game Alliance (HEGVA) Launched

The first-of-its-kind alliance will be led by and open to university faculty, directors of game design programs, departmental heads, and other campus leadership. ...
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Journal of Animal Science Cover Features Iowa State Student’s Illustration

Artwork shows skeletal muscle architecture that influences both muscle function and quality of meat products derived from it....
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Wonderland Unbound at USC Doheny Library

The Wonderland Awards this spring included live Lewis Carroll-inspired video projections on the facade of Doheny Library....
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Integrating Science and Technology with Design to Improve Law-Enforcement Apparel

Research team develops non-destructive testing method to assess longevity of police protective gear.
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Arts-Integrative Interdisciplinary Efforts on a2ru Campuses

Students are less interested in changing or destroying the boundaries of a particular discipline; they want to find ways to work more collaboratively, based on a foundation of mutual respect....
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Design for Safety: Preventing Tractor Rollover Fatalities

Interdisciplinary team develops device to improve rollover warning and response time.
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Living Arts: End of Year Symposium

Students use standard phases of creative process while working in interdisciplinary teams to produce viable solutions to problems....
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IMAX Theatre and Immersive Lab to Push the Boundaries of Filmmaking

A new IMAX Theatre and Immersive Lab for digital storytelling was inaugurated at the University of Southern California....
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Resonating MIT

Resonating MIT is a week-long showcase featuring new projects at the intersection of sound and architecture.
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Where Neuroscience and Art Meet

Min shows four recent works that illuminate different cognitive and emotional approaches to understanding self and the world....
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The Importance of an Interdisciplinary Education

The truth is, the solutions to our toughest problems will not be found through a narrow specialization, but rather through an interdisciplinary approach, where each field of study can provide a stepping-stone to the eventual solution. ...
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Making Music From Particle Energy

Students from MIT's Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering sonify gamma radiation in introductory composition class....
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Taking Cues From Ancient Architecture For Modern Sustainable Design

Researchers investigate passive energy benefits of traditional Turkish houses.
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Kinetic Art

MIT students create original kinetic art for display in MIT Museum.
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Break Down Barriers Between Disciplines

Universities are outdated – big problems require thinkers who can transcend the traditional boundaries between subjects....
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Seeing / Sounding / Sensing

MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology unites artists with neuroscientists and scholars in cross-disciplinary symposium....
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Innovative Student Designed Video Games Unveiled at USC

Seven new video games designed and developed by USC students were unveiled to the industry at a standing-room-only demo day....
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The Edge Effect in Art and Science

“Yo-Yo Ma brought up an interesting topic, ‘the edge effect’ or the point of intersection — which resonated with me... As a scientist and musician, I’ve been looking for opportunities to have my two varied backgrounds come together...”...
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Creating Careers of the Future

As USC Roski lecturer Jeffrey Cain explained, the school strives to give its students a design vocabulary that is adaptable to whatever new technologies or disciplines may emerge....
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Mixing Art And Entrepreneurship

MIT startup SoundSpark wins $10K Creative Arts Prize
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Iowa State University Engineers Attend Emerging Creatives Conference

ISU engineering students networked and engaged in collaborative projects with students from different disciplines who are trying to make the world a better place....
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Art and Science Meet in New Fellows Program at WUSTL

New Art|Sci Initiative and Fellows Program at Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL) will allow artists, scientists, humanists to collaborate on ideas. ...
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Seeing Beauty in a Materials Science World

MIT student Colleen Loynachan tackles materials science problems with a photographer’s perspective.
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Design Across Scales

MIT class, “Design Across Scales,” creates new paradigm for design education.
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Integrating the Arts Across Disciplines

Echo effects of the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference on leadership at Tufts University.
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A Computer-Controlled Disco Dance Floor

MIT students create computer-controlled disco dance floor for annual "Bad Ideas Ball."
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Introduction to Storytelling

The ability to identify, create, manipulate, and understand narrative is a critical skill both within and outside of the arts....
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Olafur Eliasson Brings Little Sun Project to MIT

Art and social entrepreneurship project engages MIT’s energy community.
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Memory, Aging and Expressive Arts

Through the use of expressive arts, students will build relationships and foster meaningful interactions with memory-impaired adults....
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Retaining Identity: Exploring the Role of Creativity in Healthcare

Students create art with older adults with memory loss and are catalysts for compassion and creativity via intergenerational learning....
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The Creative Approach Strikes a Chord with Students

Financial Times reporter Rebecca Knight investigates arts-integrated interdisciplinarity in higher education.
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Advanced Graphic Design Students Partner for UNL Drought Symposium

Advanced graphic design students at UNL are partnering in a collaborative design research project for a Drought Symposium....
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It’s Not Fashion, It’s Architecture

Fifth year architecture students at the University of Southern California create Mao jackets out of unlikely "fabrics."...
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A Conversation on Interdisciplinary Collaboration

Thought leaders discuss the triumphs and challenges of interdisciplinary collaboration on the ground.
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Sparse Matrices and the London Electronic Music Scene

Sparse Matrices and the London Electronic Music Scene
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NEA Guide to the U.S. Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account

The guide is a comprehensive and detailed measure of the arts and culture's contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). ...
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Who Knew? Arts Education Fuels the Economy

New figures from the federal government point to the value of art beyond cultural enrichment; a2ru cited for leading the way....
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Emerging Creatives: Patricia Mullaney-Loss (University of Maryland)

An interdisciplinary student's immersion with like-minded peers defines a memorable experience at the a2ru Emerging Creatives Conference. ...
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Chimerizations

Sound artist Florian Hecker investigates the nature of auditory perception in relation to the mind and body.
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Beyond STEM to STEAM

a2ru Emerging Creatives Conference features MIT students at the intersection of art, science, and technology.
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Carnegie Mellon Partners with Steiner Studios and NYC To Create Integrative Media Program

CMU's Integrative Media Program (CMU-IMP) offers unprecedented opportunities for students.
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Emerging Creatives: Grace Young (MIT)

Overall, the most valuable part of this conference was not only the new ideas, but also the new people we met.
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Emerging Creatives: Cindy Chen (University of Utah)

University of Utah student Cindy Chen shares her experience at the a2ru Emerging Creatives Conference.
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OpenGrounds Student Scholars Attend a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference

Regardless of the outcomes, the process of collaboration is a success because you are being exposed to new ideas that may extend and expand the definition of success....
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Book Wings: International Writing Program

Book Wings hopes to provide a blueprint for other institutions to produce innovative collaborative theatre projects....
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Learning to Think Outside the Box

Creativity becomes an academic discipline.
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A Report on a2ru’s Emerging Creatives Student Conference

Success of the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference (Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2014) creates demand for a yearly student conference....
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Stanford d.school Bootcamp Bootleg

d.school Bootcamp combines creative and analytical approaches and requires collaboration across disciplines.
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Trevor Paglen’s “The Last Pictures”

Working with materials scientists at MIT, artist Trevor Paglen developed a space-bound artifact designed to last for eternity...
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Tips on Staying Creative from Noma Star Chef René Redzepi

"If you want to reach for that mountaintop, get ready to work more than you ever have." Chef René Redzepi
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MCubed

MCubed is a bold new way to fund interdisciplinary research at the University of Michigan.
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Conference at IUPUI Explores Transdisciplinary Approach to Problems with Earth’s River Systems

The Rivers of the Anthropocene Conference is organized by the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute and open to the public....
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Creative Storytelling and Choreography

This interdisciplinary course raises awareness of contemporary engineering issues and the need for life-long learning....
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Hybrid Action: Physical Intelligence in Digital Culture

This class studies human movement including systems of thought and practice evolving since the turn of the last century...
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Art Sparks Creative Aspects for Engineering Students

Creativity and problem solving are defining characteristics that makes us human. Everyone is an artist and an engineer....
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First Stanford Code Poetry Slam

So what exactly is code poetry? According to Kagen, "Code poetry can mean a lot of different things depending on whom you ask....
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SHARE Handbook for Artistic Research Education

The SHARE handbook is the outcome of three years of work to enhance the 3rd cycle of arts research and education in Europe....
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A Florence for the 21st Century

Stanford has been the catalyst of the Silicon Valley revolution and wants to have the same effect on the arts.
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The Intersection of Art and Science

Art and science share a passion for scrutiny, the notion of "the question," and the idea of knowing.
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The Imagine Engine at the Intersection of Science and Art

Great moments of scientific discovery can produce similar eurekas as engagement in arts practice.
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Products of Design Thinking

Students at Stanford's d.school use design thinking to transform problems into products that offer solutions.
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Student POV: Interdisciplinarity in Seven Steps

A foray into a new discipline can help you to develop a versatile skill set that will give you an added boost during the dissertation process. ...
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Let’s Bring the Polymath and the Dabblers Back

We need to focus on the tools, not the fields, and find relationships between disparate areas.
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The Physics Behind Photographer Stanley Greenberg’s “Time Machines”

Photographer Stanley Greenberg’s exhibition Time Machines shows the technological sublime of modern physics. ...
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Nanocosmos

Prashant Patil of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms works with photographer Michael Benson to document microscopic worlds....
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Visual Literacy, Beyond Linguistic Communication: A Collaborative Research Project

Study visual communication by creating instructional materials for point-of-use water purification technology in South Africa...
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Interdisciplinary Honors in the Arts

Students wishing to receive honors in the arts will complete a capstone project within a year.
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Teamwork: Interdisciplinary Communication

Communication is key from making yourself understood to trusting people you don’t know to do work you don’t easily understand...
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42 Hours of Re_Creativity

42 Hours of Re_Creativity a is an annual 42-hour interdisciplinary design competition hosted by ArtsEngine and Living Arts....
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USC Arts School Changes Name

The USC Roski School of Fine Arts has changed its name to the USC Roski School of Art and Design.
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USC and Pacific Asia Museum Form Alliance

The University of Southern California and Pacific Asia Museum have joined forces, strengthening USC's deep Pacific Rim ties....
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Arts After Dark

When classes end for the day at USC, creative work is just beginning for arts students in late-night labs.
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Interdisciplinary is the New Black

Today's artists are blending materials, traditions, and technologies to express human experience in new ways.
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An A-Z of Art and Science

"An A to Z of Art and Science" includes links to exciting things happening in art and science.
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The Polymath: Master of Many Trades

Over-specialization retreats into defending what one has learned versus making new connections, defining the "monopath"....
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Learning to Think Critically: A Visual Art Experiment

Strong causal relationships exist between arts education and a range of desirable outcomes, including critical thinking. ...
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Why Focusing Too Narrowly in College Could Backfire

STEM focus at universities must include courses that broaden students' abilities to think in different ways.
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Tattfoo Fan and the Art of Disaster Preparedness

Artist Tattfoo Fan's New Earth MRE solves food shortage problems that accompany weather disasters caused by climate change....
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NASAD: Assessment on Our Own Terms

Explaining how assessment works is supported by expert judgement.This paper informs professionals external to art and design....
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The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?

Students need more education of many types to supplement STEM at the university level.
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UNL Art and Art History Launches Art at Cedar Point

The UNL Department of Art and Art History is offering an art class at Cedar Point Biological Station this summer....
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Living Arts: An Interdisciplinary Living and Learning Community

Innovation, creativity and collaboration in an interdisciplinary residential community.
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University Artist-in-Residence Report

"Resident Artist" category improves integration of arts-research into the context of higher learning, eliminating IP conflict....
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Gypsy Pond Music XV Syllabus: “Organism”

The University of Michigan's Digital Music Ensemble engage in a music installation utilizing interdisciplinary collaboration....
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Creative Process UARTS 250/550

In this course, students are encouraged – in an interdisciplinary way – to explore their own creativity.
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A Dialogue of the Senses

A sensorial approach to interactivity with computational media.
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Gypsy Pond Music XV – “Organism” Event

"Organism" is presented sonically and visually, and is affected by the pulses of participants and the disparity between them....
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Multimedia Orchestra Performances at University of Maryland

The University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs Benjamin Britten's "Les Illuminations" with lighting and projections....
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MIT Visiting Artists Program

The MIT Visiting Artists Program brings internationally acclaimed artists to engage with MIT's creative community. ...
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ArtsEngine National Project: Arts on Earth Survey

New University of Alabama students were surveyed in September 2012 in order to understand their collegiate arts expectations...
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Practicum in Digital Cultures and Creativity

This course connects students' analytic and creative works with professional development and other major concerns...
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Seminar in Digital Cultures and Creativity: Expanded Media

This is one of many courses available in University of Maryland's Digital Cultures and Creativity Living Learning Community....
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Art and Environmental Action Student Scholars Program

$10,000 Scholarship Opportunity for student projects focused on Art and Environmental Action.
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The Umbrella Project

Both live art and experiment, the Umbrella Project brought together dance and robotics in a shining community event....
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Behind the Scenes at the Walters Art Museum: Images from the Hubble Space Telescope

Work with the Walters and STSci staff to learn about the workings of a professional art museum while developing an exhibition...
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Behind the Scenes at the Walters Art Museum: Material Migrations

Digitally interpreting meaningful museum spaces through the lens of purposeful placement.
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The History of Musical Instruments

Experiments in sound across musical periods integrated with the creation of instruments.
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Arts Experience and STEM Innovation

Authored by an interdisciplinary research team, this article argues that the arts are integral to STEM innovation and patents....
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Technical Art History

Knowledge of the materials and techniques used to create works of art can significantly inform art-historical understanding....
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Architectural Geometry

Architectural geometry is an emerging field using geometrical principles to approach new design challenges.
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MIT’s Glass Band

Musician Mark Stewart works with MIT Glass Lab to design original instruments from glass.
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Evolving Design Education for the 21st Century

Parsons The New School for Design’s multidisciplinary curriculum evolves with the twenty-first century.
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Digital Art and Textuality Alliance (DATA)

The members of DATA have been building two practice-based research labs in the digital arts and humanities.
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Kinetic Works from the Tiny to the Monumental

While certain tendencies for behavior are coded in the individual nodes, there is no central “brain” controlling the show....
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Media Archaeology Lab

MAL houses obsolete media from the early twentieth century to the twenty-first century.
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remixthebook

One of the primary aims of the project is to create a collaborative and cross-disciplinary approach to the way contemporary theory is performed....
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Museum of Glitch Aesthetics

MOGA tells the story of The Artist 2.0, an online persona whose personal mythology and body of digital artworks are rapidly being canonized into the annals of art history....
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Painting with Bacteria

MIT Visiting Artist Vik Muniz collaborates with postdoc Tal Danino to create artworks with an unusual substance: bacteria....
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2014 Vertical Seminar: The Role of Arts Practice in the Research University

Three-year grant enables collaboration and mentoring among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty at WUSTL....
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USC Solar Decathlon

The University of Southern California's entry into the 2013 Solar Decathlon is called fluxHome, which refers to its modules that can be rearranged, stacked and added on as family units change. ...
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Mellon Round I Interim Reports on Curricular Integration and Collaborative Research

With the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation we are now one year into a three year study of cutting edge research and curricula in which the arts are integrated with other disciplines at U.S. research universities. ...
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Words and Music

A meeting place for composers, poets, singers, performers and musicologists...
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Arts Patrons for the Twenty-First Century

In an article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, author Lawrence Biemiller calls university support for the arts “critical to the survival of whole sectors of what we think of as culture.”...
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Sound Art

This course also includes exposure to and workshop time with a MacArthur fellow.
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USC Writer and Composer

This course can often become a springboard for long-term creative partnerships and collaborative relationships....
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Art and Technology

This course also exposes students to historical and contemporary knowledge.
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Art and Technology, Fall 2011

In this course, students guide the learning and are charged with documenting their progress.
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Executive Leadership in the Arts

Students investigate a variety of different approaches to leadership in an arts organization.
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Arts Leadership and Arts Entrepreneurship

Focuses on key issues involved in both managing an arts organization and creating a sustainable new enterprise....
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Arts Leadership Practicum

Students will learn to demonstrate real world experience with and success at a defined arts project.
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Arts and the Community: Current Practice and New Visions

This course explores ways in which to contribute to the remaking of the artist/audience paradigm.
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Arts Organizations: Innovation and New Models

This course aims to critically engage current and future arts leaders.
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Issues in the Arts and the Contemporary World

Arts leaders of the future must be capable of seeking innovative ways of adapting themselves and their organizations accordingly....
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Building Information Modeling Design Studio

Students learn how to lead a creative team, work effectively toward a goal, and give and receive feedback in organized critique sessions....
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Women in Theatre

Women in Theatre offers plays from some of the newest and most controversial global female playwrights.
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The Shock of the New

In an era of significant political, religious, and cultural transformation, art, literature, and music underwent radical change....
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Design Thinking

This introductory course in design thinking outlines strategies and methodologies drawn from a wide range of creative design practices....
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Visual Perception and Art

This course stems from the thesis that humans need to learn to see.
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Color: History, Theory, and Criticism

Color has posed intriguing problems for cultural practitioners and theorists for centuries.
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SmartSurfaces

Participants learn effective problem-generation and problem-solving approaches that incorporate multiple disciplinary perspectives in a team context....
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Introduction to Creative Process

This course aims to demystify creativity and demonstrate it to be an inherent potential of all humans.
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Writing with Video

As students make media, their ability to analyze and critique media messages undergoes radical transformation.
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TRANS Graduate Seminar

Graduate students are tasked with collaborating in small interdisciplinary teams to realize works that respond to seminar topics....
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Sketchbook Development

This course is designed to activate sketchbook development as an instrument for making creative connections.
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(Un)Common Readings

Offered to students who want to think widely, are interested in exercising both sides of their brains, and want to establish links and networks across disciplines....
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Media Experiments in Art and Technology II

Students learn to create art using a 3D plastic printer as well as basic electronics and the Arduino prototyping platform....
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Analogous Thinking in the Arts and Sciences

This interdisciplinary course unites students and faculty from the arts and sciences.
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Art 315

An introduction to computers and programming within the context of artistic practice.
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ideaLAB

A non-traditional, experiential learning environment using Design Thinking methods.
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Creativity

This seminar uses creativity as its organizing principle to explore human culture, self- awareness, the creative process, and creative expression....
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Art 131

Introduce and familiarize students to the fundamental issues involving making and thinking in three dimensions. ...
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Creativity in the Curriculum

Investigating trends, issues, and multiple perspectives related to creativity in the curriculum.
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Shells

This course engages a wide range of research modes and experimentation to inform cutting-edge design of shell structures....
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Stanford Senior Reflection

Students are invited to undertake in-depth creative projects that join scientific subjects with a passion for the arts....
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Studies in Western Music History: Quantitative and Computational Approaches to Music History

Music has been slow to embrace the digital revolutions that have transformed other fields’ text- based scholarship....
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Mechanical Invention Through Computation

This course focuses on the inventive process itself in the creation of mechanisms.
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Early Music

The study of European music from the early Middle Ages until the end of the Renaissance.
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The Art/Science Thing

This course explores the modes of interpretation and epistemologies of both science and art.
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User-Centered Research and Evaluation

Designed as an introduction to user-centered practice in Human-Computer Interaction.
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Many Different Designations: Rapid Prototyping of Computer Systems

This course aims to bring the “internet of things” into the learning environment.
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Interaction and Expression Using the Pausch Bridge Lighting

Student teams develop final projects to be exhibited on the bridge.
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Process and Theory

This course aims to give students experience and feedback in identifying interesting and tractable research problems in human computer interaction....
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IxD Fundamentals

Fundamentals of communication and interaction design are presented so students can effectively conceptualize and communicate concepts and the rationales that led to those concepts....
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IxD Studio

This Human-Computer Interaction studio/seminar course at Carnegie Mellon University is centered around three projects......
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Interactive Image

An introduction to the use of interactive graphics as an expressive visual tool.
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Interactive Computer Design and Computational Design

Training students to create new culture through exploratory software development
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ETC Project Course

Small, interdisciplinary teams work to create prototyped artifacts under direct faculty supervision
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Storytelling

An introduction to dramatic structure writing - and writing in general - viewed through the lens of writing for one-hour dramatic television...
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Electronic Media Studio 2

Students develop the skills and confidence to produce interactive artworks.
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Introduction to the Electronic Media Studio

An introduction to a range of artistic practices on the computer.
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Building Virtual Worlds

In this course, interdisciplinary teams build virtual worlds and other interactive content.
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The Times of London’s Higher Ed Supplement Discusses Arts Practice as Research

One of the major findings from a2ru’s March 2013 Research Symposium at Penn State was that we need to clarify the case for arts practice in research universities when it is... ...
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Art Students Design for the Real (JMU) World

In this course, students studied the process and execution of sustainable design practices within the built environment. Environmental Design is a relatively new, cross-disciplinary field that has gained recognition and importance over the past 30 years. ...
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Slicing a Cone for Art and Science

Albrecht Durer (1471-1528), master painter and printmaker of the German Renaissance
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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Engineer

When I last wrote about the engineering background of Alexander Calder (in July-August 2009 issue of this magazine), I did not ......
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The Curb Creative Practice Boot Camp at Vanderbilt

The Curb Creative Practice Boot Camp offers a unique opportunity for faculty, staff, students, and Nashville community members to experiment alongside each other as they strengthen their creative capacities. ...
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The Interactive Theatre Project

Founded in the spring of 1999, The Interactive Theatre Project (ITP) at the University of Colorado uses theatre to engage the community around social justice. ITP is designed to engage audience members in dialogue and learning about issues of oppression and privilege and build capacity for democratic dialog across groups about difficult community issues. ...
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University of Calgary: Programming for Artists

This is a one semester course that teaches programming to art students, partly for use...
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Homewood Arts Certificate Program

The Homewood Arts Certificate is awarded to graduating seniors who have made an ongoing and commited contribution to the co-curricular arts at Johns Hopkins University and who complete a significant original final project in the arts....
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ArtsAlive (PreLUsion)

ArtsAlive, a Lehigh PreLUsion Program, will be held August 22-24, 2011 for in-coming students interested in the arts and want to learn how to connect to them while on campus and in the local community. The Lehigh PreLUsion Program is in addition to full orientation. This program is not just for arts majors....
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Aesthetic Computing

Investigating creative representation...
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UNC-CH Honors Arts Fellows

Honors Arts Fellows participate in a year long program to focus on ‘Creative Practice.'
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Learning How to Create: Toward a Learning Sciences of Art and Design

The overall purpose of this study is to identify general principles for how to design learning environments that prepare learners to be creative. ...
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University of Florida Harn Museum Night

This annual event features the UF College of Engineering's faculty and student works of all manner of visual and performing art....
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Media Experiments in Art and Technology

The goal of MEAT is to stimulate interdisciplinary collaboration and to develop creative methodologies.
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Infusion of Art into Freshman Engineering Design

This class is part of two larger freshman bridge summer programs offered by the University of Florida College of Engineering. ...
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Dean Korner Speaks at College of Engineering Design Showcase Industry Partners Dinner

The Design Showcase is the culmination of a semester-long effort that tasks students with solving industry-sponsored projects....
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Design, Build, and Dance at PennState

Students enrolled in the “Secret Life of Public Spaces Studio” built moving structures in collaboration with L.A.'s Diavolo Dance Theater....
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MIT establishes Center for Art, Science & Technology (CAST)

$1.5M grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will launch CAST.
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SmartSurfaces: A Multidisciplinary, Hands-on Think Tank

"SmartSurfaces: A Multidisciplinary, Hands-on Think-Tank"
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ArtsEngine Releases Interim Report on Task Force Progress

Thirty-nine leaders from 30 Research I universities have worked in strategic task forces since September 2011 to advance the integration of art-making into the university....
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Creativity and Social Network Density

Gieuffre set out to compare the level of correspondence of many artist’s during their creative and non-creative periods....
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From Dewey to No Child Left Behind: The Evolution and Devolution of Public Arts Education

This detailed policy review and case study traces the impact of both federal and state legislation on K-12 arts education in Texas. ...
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From Lessons Learned to Local Action: Build Your Own Policies for Effective Arts Education

Veteran arts education consultant and activist, Jane Remer, provides invaluable perspective and advice from more than 40 years’ worth of observation, analysis, and advocacy. ...
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Art and the Limits of Neuroscience

What is art? What does art reveal about human nature?
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New Federal Inter-Agency Task Force To Explore Arts across the Lifespan

For the first time ever, thirteen federal agencies are collaborating to explore the role of the arts in human development across the life span....
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What Do Artists Know?

Frances Whitehead, Professor of Sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), created the Embedded Artist Project with the City of Chicago and SAIC. ...
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Critical Evidence: How the Arts Benefit Student Achievement

Published in 2006 by the Arts Education Partnership and the National Association of State Arts Agencies
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Tough Choices or Tough Times

“That kind of leadership [defining the future through innovation] does not depend on technology alone."
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The Qualities of Quality: Understanding Excellence in Arts Education

Harvard Project Zero researchers explore the challenges of achieving and sustaining high-quality arts learning in K-12 years. ...
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Arts Integration Frameworks, Research and Practice: A Literature Review

The phrase “arts integration” means different things to different people...
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21st Century Skills Map: The Arts

The Partnership for Twenty-First Century Skills is a national organization of business and educational interests that advocates for “21st century readiness.”...
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Gifts of the Muse: Reframing the Debate About the Benefits of the Arts

Advocates of the arts inside and outside educational settings often resort to “instrumental” claims for the value of the arts... ...
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The Arts and Academic Achievement: What the Evidence Shows

This article reviews fifty years of studies connecting arts to academic improvement, including many unpublished papers....
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Champions of Change: The Impact of the Arts on Learning

When young people are involved with the arts, something changes in their lives...
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Learning, Arts and the Brain: The Dana Consortium Report on Arts and Cognition

In 2004, the Dana Foundation established the Dana Arts and Cognition Consortium, composed of nine cognitive neuroscientists at seven major institutions....
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Research Universities Aim to Strengthen STEM Teaching

The Association of American Universities announced a five-year effort to improve the quality and effectiveness of undergraduate teaching in STEM fields......
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The Heart and the Journey: Case Studies of Collaboration for Arts Integrated Curricula

Attention to critical and creative strategies can help students make connections with critical and creative thinking in other disciplines to make learning more meaningful across the curriculum. ...
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Creative Process Course (UARTS250)

Creative Process is an ArtsEngine course that immerses students in the creative process.
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Can Academic Arts Instruction Survive the “Iron Cage of Accountability?”

In his famous book on capitalism, Max Weber warned that our modern world would increasingly be driven by endless attempts at measurement, accountability, efficiency, and control....
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University of Alabama’s Creative Campus Featured in Thomas Friedman’s New Book

Creative Campus student interns develop ideas that promote innovative approaches to arts and culture among students and the Tuscaloosa community....
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Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect Have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights

“The right to an artistic life – the right to the knowledge and skills needed to . . . live a life of active creativity.” ...
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Art Practice Research: Inquiry in Visual Arts

“For those who see the inclusion of fields such as visual arts within the research culture of universities as an unnecessary incursion into the very basis of visual arts practice or as an exercise in economic opportunism, they miss the point." ...
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Art Worlds (25th Anniversary Edition)

This classic sociological examination of art as collective action explores the cooperative network of suppliers, performers, dealers, critics, and consumers who–along with the artist–”produce” a work of art....
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Patronizing the Arts

Though financially supported by foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals, the arts are also deemed nonessential. These two types of patronizing, Garber argues, have led to art’s simultaneous devaluation and overvaluation....
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Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation

Explaining Creativity includes research by anthropologists on creativity in non-Western cultures.
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The Arts and the Creation of Mind

Eisner argues for the inclusion of aesthetics as a core element of the school curriculum for all children.
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The Artful Mind: Cognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity

All human beings alive in the last fifty thousand years appear to have possessed, in Mark Turner’s phrase, irrepressibly artful minds.” ...
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The Cambridge Handbook of Creativity

This handbook serves both as a thorough introduction to the field of creativity and as an invaluable reference and current source of important information. ...
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The Necessity of Studio Art as a Site and Source for Dissertation Research

Why is studio art ignored as a site and source for research in art education?
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A Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems: Art and Science

Dialogs between selected humanists and a thermodynamicist adapted from the author’s short course on “Thermodynamics, Art, Poetry, and the Environment.”...
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Art in Higher Education: The Relationship of Art Experience to Personality, General Creativity, and Aesthetic Performance

Herbert Burgart was particularly interested in the impact of hands-on studio art on specific dimensions of college students’ personality, general creativity, and aesthetic performance. ...
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Taking Responsibility: Higher Education’s Opportunity to Affect the Future of the Arts in Schools

A paradoxical situation exists in the United States where the general public and policymakers support enhanced arts education, but it remains marginal to the curriculum. ...
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“Tell Us About It”: Diverse Student Voices in Creative Practice

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Finding the Science in Art: An Interdisciplinary Course Linking Art, Math, and Chemistry

Outlines the course units and provides examples of their accompanying assignments.
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Does Studying in the Arts Engender Creative Thinking? Evidence for Near but Not for Far Transfer

Advocates regularly argue that studying the arts increases proficiency in other domains – from “near transfer” domains like fine-motor coordination to “far transfer” domains like math and language fluency....
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Artistic Expressions in Science and Mathematics

In 1998, Chicago's Columbia College was experimenting with teaching math and science in part through arts practice....
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Access to Arts beyond High School: Issues of Demand and Availability in American Higher Education

Students’ interests in and access to disciplinary study in the arts have increased dramatically over the past fifteen years due to steady growth in K-12 arts programming....
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Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative

As children, most of us think we are highly creative; as adults many of us think we are not. What changes as children grow up? ...
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Visual Art as a Vehicle for Educational Research

This article is an account of a pilot project designed to help art & design teachers in training use their particular strengths to report on classroom observation through visual art. ...
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Learners Reconceptualising Education: Widening Participation Through Creative Engagement?

This paper argues that engaging imaginatively is necessary for providers both in higher education and in the contexts and phases which precede study at this level....
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Why (Liberal) Arts Matter

The key to our success in the future will be an integrative education that doesn’t isolate the sciences...
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A New Tool in the Doctor’s Bag: Comic Strips

An exploration of how the art of the comic strip could improve medical education and patient care.
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The Marketplace of Ideas: Reform and Resistance in the American University

What makes it so hard for colleges to decide which subjects are required? Why are so many academics against the concept of interdisciplinary studies? ...
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Music, Creativity and Scientific Thinking

Are music and science different types of intelligence or are they two manifestations of common ways of thinking? ...
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Mute Those Claims: No Evidence (Yet) for a Causal Link Between Arts Study and Academic Achievement

This study investigates the claims by many that arts involvement leads to increased achievement in other academic areas....
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The Art and Science of Light: An Interdisciplinary Experience

This paper describes the author’s experience of designing and teaching an interdisciplinary course titled Light”, in collaboration with a visual artist. ...
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Translating Interdisciplinarity into Professional Success and Personal Satisfaction

This longitudinal study found that math and science adepts who expanded into the arts had greater personal and professional success than those who stayed within their own discipline....
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The Cognitive Neuroscience of Creativity

This article outlines a framework of creativity based on functional neuroanatomy. Recent advances in the field of cognitive neuroscience have identified distinct brain circuits that are involved in specific higher brain functions. ...
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Enrolling Economics in the Aid of Advocacy

This article charts the increasing importance of the creative industries to the UK economy and to ways of meeting the information needs of those industries....
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