Emerging Creatives: Madeline Helland, University of Michigan

  • March 13, 2017
  • By Amy Tackitt     
It is by putting diverse, intelligent and creative minds together that the most impactful solutions are attained.


 

IMG_5642Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect going into the a2ru Summit. I was asked if I wanted to go about four days before the deadline, I thought “why would I pass up a sponsored, interesting-sounding, educational opportunity?” and quickly responded “Yes!”. I couldn’t be happier that I decided to go.

 

a2ru 2017 Emerging Creatives Student Summit was a phenomenal experience. It was interesting talking to students from other schools and seeing the diverse skill sets, interests, and backgrounds brought together by this event. I think we were all blown away by how quickly we collaborated and created big, bold, and yet, simple solutions to a very broad, important topic, like water conservation.

 

On the second day, it was awesome being able to go to the Sweetland Water Park and see a working solution in action. Here, we got to experience land and water preservation and see people restoring an ecosystem. This field trip helped us see how our solutions really are potential realities; it’s just a matter of building connections and acting on the idea. I think a2ru makes it clear that they want to support projects in becoming solutions by offering opportunities like this.

 

I hope to be a part of future initiatives like a2ru and can see many great solutions coming out of opportunities like this. It is by putting diverse, intelligent and creative minds together that the most impactful solutions are attained. a2ru and ArtsEngine are pushing students to positively change our future in big ways and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of one of their summits.