Conference Schedule

Thursday, October 19


Registration Opens

Stuckeman Jury Space


Welcome (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Neeli Bendapudi, PSU President

B. Stephen Carpenter II, PSU College of Arts and Architecture Dean


Social Justice & Equity and Health & Wellness Keynotes (Livestream)

Announcement of inaugural Award for Excellence in Arts in Health Education

Presented by Jason Geary, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives, Dean of the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University

Recital Hall

Moderated by Folayemi Wilson, Penn State University

Remixing History: The Alternative Reality of Chicago’s notorious Englewood neighborhood

Tonika Lewis Johnson, the Folded Map Project™ and Englewood Arts Collective

Experimenting with Art in Urban Planning Education

David Sloane, USC Sol Price School of Public Policy


Coffee Break

Recital Hall Lobby


Session 1 (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Sustainable Material Explorations and Methodologies in Package Design

Maria Smith Bohannon, Oakland University

Given our consumable and convenience-driven economy and the measures required to adapt to climate change, how can design educators expose students to sustainable materials and thinking methodologies in package design pedagogy? By questioning packaging conventions, and utilizing low impact materials, and a sustainable thinking process, designers can address sustainability.

Exploring the Intersection of New Materialism and Asian Mythology to Promote Sustainability of Art-Debris-Knowledge

Pin-Hsuan Tseng, Penn State University

I proposed New Materialism and Asian Mythology as a theoretical framework to initiate Editing Marine Debris Encyclopedia and Storytelling about Marine Debris. The project emphasized how artistic thinking and storytelling and argued for affective power in re-conceptualizing the definitions of marine debris and transforming human-centered perspectives in art education.

Sustainability Teaching in Arts and Design Higher Education

Mihyun Kang, Negar Dehgan, Penn State University

This study examined the perception and attitudes of arts and design faculty on teaching sustainability in US higher education institutions to provide insights that could help integrate sustainability more effectively into arts and design education.

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Climate Research and Action: A Model for Arts-Integrated Collaboration

Rebecca Cypess, Rutgers University

Interdisciplinary collaboration will be essential as we in higher education seek to address the “wicked problem” of climate change and other pressing environmental issues. This presentation offers one model for such a collaboration developed at an R1 research university. Key to this initiative is creating the time and space for faculty and staff members to experience the joy and serendipity of collaboration.


Session 2

Hub 233A

Enacting Sound

Matias Homar, Rochester Institute of Technology

Workshop based on the exploration of sound by actively engaging with movements and others within the space. Using interactive devices that react to motion and create/modify sound, the participants are invited to reflect on the significance of diversity and how this can be translated in learning experiences where technology is a means to enhance education.



Session 3

Hub 233B

Arts-based Research at the Intersection of Art and Reproductive Health

Cristin Millett, Cynthia White, Penn State University; Ionat Zurr, University of Western Australia

This panel will examine artistic research developed in both studio and laboratory experimentation focused on reproductive health. Researchers will discuss current medical advancements in reproductive technologies and the potential social implications of these biotechnologies.


Session 4

130 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center – Garden Room

Foundations: Teaching and learning frameworks for equitable community engagement

Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo, Evren Uzer, Michele Kahane, The New School

“Foundations” is a 90-minute workshop that will introduce art and design educators and practitioners, a framework towards ethical and mutually beneficial partnerships. The workshop modules include reflective exercises to address positionality, establishing partnerships, and leveraging organizational and institutional resources.


Lunch (on your own)


Theme Exploration: Social Justice & Equity (Livestream)

Recital Hall

The Creation and Use of New Sculptural Reference Materials Aimed to Expand Representation of Historically Excluded Individuals in Studio Art Education

Angela DeCarlis and Morgan Yacoe, University of Florida

This presentation explores the development, creation, and use of new plaster busts which depict a range of underrepresented individuals and the development of curriculum to help diversify figure representation in higher education. This presentation also presents findings from a study which investigates students’ perceptions of participation in a learning activity in which students made charcoal drawings of these new plaster busts.

The Ritual of Breath Is the Rite to Resist: Opera-Theater and Community Healing

Mary Lou Aleskie, Vievee Francis, Dartmouth College; Jonathan Berger, Stanford University

This opera-theater work interweaves music, text, visuals and movement, centering the voice of a woman who laments the loss of Black lives at the hands of authorities. Healing rituals and workshops are part of a social impact toolkit that forms a practical application for the art in the educational context.

Sense of Belonging and Perspectives of Minoritized Student Participants in Campus Arts Programming

Sita Frederick, Alicia Dowd, Penn State University; Nkenji Clarke

This presentation summarizes an ongoing partnership and study that considers the question: “What are minoritized students’ perceptions of belonging after attending arts programming?” The methods include observations of events, analysis of public documents, and interviews. The talk foregrounds organizational change initiatives and future implications at a predominantly white research university.


Theme Exploration: Evolving Technologies

Hub 233A

Generative AI and Speculative Futures for the Arts: Pushback and Possibilities

Panel organizers: Aaron Knochel, Penn State University; Yvonne Houy, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Panelists: Andrew Hieronymi, Heather McCune Bruhn, Jose Pinto Duarte, Penn State University; Sarah O’Connell, Eat More Art

Additional perspectives by Julian Kilker, University of Nevada, Las Vegas; and Eduardo Navas, Penn State University

Generative AI has had a seismic impact on arts and design in the last year. From the ethical concerns that have driven litigation to the torrent of graphics-generating large language models that have become more openly available, we are in an ecological shift for computer aided design and image generation rivaled only by the shift from photochemical to digital image making brought on by smartphones. Join this dialogic session to debate, learn, and begin to understand our present-future with AI.


Theme Exploration: Practical Applications

Hubb 233B

Arts and the Research Lab: A Nexus of Cross-Campus Studies

Bryan Nichols, Penn State University

The traditional research lab has provided a space for problems to be posed and for empirical research to advance. We propose a model for a research lab—a combination of real and virtual space—for advancing scholarly activity in the arts. In this session we will share strategies for recruitment, management, engagement, and scholarly productivity.

Creative Research Labs: An Exploratory Model for Collaboration

Diane Derr, VCU Qatar

This presentation will assess the Research Lab model on the VCUarts Qatar campus, addressing the primary aims of increasing the impact(s) of creative research in discourse, the classroom, and the community, providing students with hands-on experiential learning in research and recent alumni with valuable professional development.

When a Spoonful of Technology Helps the Art and Literature Go Down: Library As Studio and Gallery

Marian Fragola, Chris Tonelli, North Carolina State University

Art United, a collaboration between our academic library system and our campus’ MFA in creative writing program, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary. This presentation will discuss how a library’s emerging technologies and emphasis on experiential learning can provide a bridge between art and STEM on campuses, making technology venues more welcoming to artists and writers while making art and literature more accessible to STEM students and faculty.


Theatre Experience: Presented by the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly



Obie Award-winning theatrical artists 600 Highwaymen present A Thousand Ways (Part Three): An Assembly, an intimate reckoning of how small we are in the face of awesome natural forces and of our mutual dependence.

An Assembly is a performance enacted entirely by the attending audience — an invitation to feel what it’s like to experience common space again and how to come together in a new way. It asks sixteen strangers to reconstruct an evocative story of perseverance and ruin. This unique theatrical event tests the ways we arrange ourselves after so much time apart.

An Assembly is the third and final experience of 600 Highwaymen’s triptych of encounters among strangers. Each installment of the series plumbs the essence of performance, bringing people together in the creation of a moving live experience. It is not necessary to have experienced parts one and two to fully experience part three. The work explores the line between strangeness and kinship, distance, and proximity, and how the most intimate assembly can become profoundly radical.

“The show alerts us to the awesome strangeness, and the utter ordinariness too, of being alive in the here and now.” — The New York Times

“An almost surreal blending of performance and reality. … An Assembly gives unparalleled space to consider other human beings in a typically unyieldingly fast-paced world.” — Seattle Times

The event is recommended for participants age 16 and older.

This experience requires purchase of an additional ticket. Tickets are on sale now to the general public.  Click here to purchase tickets. 


Coffee Break

Stuckeman Jury Space


Session 5 (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Crip Feminist Arts-based Memory-work: Towards Anti-Ableist Art Pedagogy

Eunkyung Hwang, Penn State University

This presentation will share autobiographical arts-based memory-work focusing on the stigmatization of scars in both South Korea and the United States. By challenging such stigmatization based on critical disability studies, I will highlight the significance of constructing anti-ableist feminist art pedagogy with counter narratives of women with scars and illnesses.

Glitching Affect Matter(s)

Karen Keifer-Boyd, Maggie Rose Condit-Summerson, Penn State University

We present our work in developing potentials for Augmented Reality (AR) as affective glitch feminist art pedagogies to raise critical consciousness by challenging heteropatriarchal norms and normalized whiteness. Our project highlights intersectional lived experiences and raises questions about dominant narratives surrounding gender, sexuality, home, family, and belonging.


Session 6

Hub 233A

DaVinci’s Cube: Examining Art’s Role in Technological Innovation

Ben Knapp, Tom Martin, Lisa McNair, Virginia Tech; Termeh Rassi, Leonardo

This panel will discuss a new innovation model, which we call “Da Vinci’s Cube,” that extends Pasteur’s Quadrant to include a dimension we call “sentiment”. By adding this new dimension, we introduce human-centered design and arts-informed perspectives to Pasteur’s Quadrant thus offering a new framework to explore today’s grand challenges and better understand the processes of technological innovation and innovation in general.


Session 7

Hub 233B

Immersive Experiences: Articulating the Black Experience and Culture Through Art

Iyana Hill, Terron Banner Ohio State University; Mario Hairston, Christopher Hearn, Independent

“Immersive Experiences: Articulating the Black Experience and Culture Through Art” is a presentation that explains the importance of creating immersive exhibitions and programming that will encourage critical thought and understanding towards the complexities around the Black experiences and culture. It explores this through the lens of Black art and curation.

Disrupting the Regimes of Youth Criminalization with Poetic Media Making

Olga Ivashkevich, University of South Carolina

Regimes of policing and criminalizing youth employ surveillance, labeling, and the neoliberal narrative of individual responsibility which conceal social injustices and obstacles in young people’s lives. Poetic video films created by adjudicated girls in the American Southeast, push back against these regimes by generating complex stories of trauma, resilience, and sisterhood.


Session 8

130 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center – Garden Room

Technical Poetry Writing for Enhanced Conceptual Understanding in Undergraduate Engineering Education

Elif Akçali, University of Florida

STEAM pedagogy advocates the integration of arts-based practices into STEM education. Students in an upper-level discipline-specific course were required to write technical poems on course topics. Potential benefits of technical poetry writing to help develop creative thinking skills and enhance conceptual understanding of the technical material are demonstrated.

Fostering Arts Curricular Connections at a STEM University

Amy Sawyers-Williams, Robert Bagby, John Craven North Carolina State University

This session will showcase the success of the Arts Curricular Connections Guide at a STEM focused university. The presenters will discuss the impact of this model on student and faculty arts engagement, provide attendees with strategies and tools for designing and implementing a similar guide and pose questions about the future evolution of this program.


Affinity Dinners

Various locations

Affinity Dinner sign-up information has been emailed to registrants. Please contact a2ruconnect@umich.edu if you did not receive the email and would like to attend.

Friday, October 20


Registration Opens

Stuckeman Jury Space


Session 9 (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Reciprocity in Artist + STEM Research Collaborations: Building Resilience through Challenge

Heidi Schmalbach, Katie Dawson, Khristían Méndez Aguirre, University of Texas at Austin

How can a community-engaged, arts-integrated research partnership respond to a changing social, political, and environmental landscape? This panel explores an artist fellowship program integrated into an R1 university research initiative focused on building resilience in the face of climate change, rapid population growth, and resource strain.


Session 10

Hub 233A

Exposing the camera: A Critical Approach to Teaching the History of the Camera and its Technical Instruction

Oscar Keyes, Virginia Commonwealth University

Social Justice in Practice: Interactive Collective Memories

Jean Menezes, University of California at Davis

This presentation demonstrates pedagogical methods and outcomes of an innovative course that combines foundation skills of web-based interactive design with established social science research methods of data collection in support of social justice, anti-racism and equity. It is continually important to demystify the web and reclaim it as a rich, accessible and creative space for communities.


Session 11

Hub 233B

Circus++: Contemporary Circus Arts in an Innovative Transdisciplinary Curriculum for Higher Education

Barbora Adolfova, Penn State University

Presentation of contemporary circus arts in the modern understanding of the art form and how it can be used for personal development and well-being as well as creativity building in college students and faculty in artistic and non-artistic majors on an example of a European project Circus++

Refusing Academic Injuries

Michelle Bae-Dimitriadis, Penn State University; Olga Ivashkevich, University of South Carolina

Our collaborative storytelling takes the form of a sound sculpture and performance to speak about our embodied injuries as academics. It brings out a critique and refusal of the ableist neoliberal academic culture which creates the dehumanizing conditions of incessant productivity, bureaucracy, and excellence.

Exploring Mental Health through Autobiographical Theatre: The Journey from Personal Experience to the Stage

Andrea Ubal, Alexei Vergara, Rocio Del Pino, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

This performance is a theatre laboratory project that aims to study the interaction between memories and the present through the testimonies of two actors. These stories express their intimate experience with mental health issues.


Session 12

130 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center – Garden Room

Using AI in Higher Education

Jacob Holster and Bryan Nichols, Penn State University

Through this panel, we aim to a) engage in discourse regarding how LLMs work, b) present diverse perspectives from representatives of Turnitin, teachers who utilize ChatGPT in their classrooms, and researchers who use AI methods, and c) propose alternate approaches that utilize AI to support student learning.


Coffee Break

Stuckeman Jury Space


Theme Exploration: Health and Wellness (Livestream)

Recital Hall


Leslie Bush, Rowan University

A collaborative experiment between the fields of dance and robotics to emphasize dance’s impact on STEAM. The current iteration of the project is an improvisational dance performance with specially designed robotic prosthetic “exo-suits” that collapse and expand in reaction to the wearer’s movement.

Dance and Disability Programming for Positive Health and Wellness Outcomes

Jeff Friedman, Rutgers University

Programming dance and disability-related community education and public presentations informs understanding of how to connect academic institutions to health and wellness practices, working towards broadening accessibility for new participants and audiences, as well as empowering them toward mutual decision-making.

Drawing with Light: Inclusive Public Art Projects

Lori Hepner, Penn State University

As a neurodivergent artist, I am aware of the inclusivity and empathy for differences that should be a part of any good civic design project or collaborative artmaking workshop. I have developed a wearable LED light painting system that allows for drawing with light and movement as a route for expression and for accessible artmaking in community centered public art projects. This presentation features the artist in a live demonstration of Drawing with Light.


Theme Exploration: Sustainability

Hub 233A

Thinking Globally, Acting Locally: Designing a Curriculum for the Rhizome Living-Learning Community

Grant Hamming, Virginia Tech

This presentation details the development and evolution of the curriculum for Rhizome, a living-learning community at the nexus of design and sustainable development. It aims to explicate best practices for leading first-year undergraduates through community-based design and policy work.

Framing Narratives from the Forest, Fields, and Gardens

Aaron Brakke, Samford University

This project chronicles the Non-standard Studio. The students in this graduate level architectural studio interrogate the histories of natural and manmade buildings and landscapes and speculate about possible futures for these places. Structures have been constructed and inserted into the places studied to help visitors frame their gaze to better understand their environs.

Adirondack Climate Stories: A Multifaceted Project Connecting Climate Change to the Arts

Stephanie Ashenfelder, University of Rochester

Adirondack Climate Stories is a multifaceted project connecting climate change to storytelling, community building, art, and education. This presentation explores how the power of community engagement, human-centered story collection, artistic interpretation and digital archiving can begin to tell the story of climate change though a humanistic lens. Presenters outline the project as it has developed and facilitate a discussion that looks to the future role the arts and community engaged education can play in reimaging our climate futures.

Planet B: Truth, Fiction, and New Ways of Online Storytelling

Benjamin Andrew, Penn State University

In a recently published serial web novel, the author explored new forms of online fiction and speculative visions of the climate crisis. Using interactive media and online platforms, the project sought to make climate fiction accessible and engrossing while probing the rocky boundaries of fact and fiction.


Theme Exploration: Practical Applications

Hub 233B

Thinking Through Puppets: Applying Puppetry Techniques as Research Tools Across Colleges at an R1 University

Felice Amato, Suzanne Sarfaty, Boston University; Greer Hamilton, University of Michigan

Quirky and niche, puppetry may seem an awkward fit for an R1 institution and while many people grasp the value of puppetry as a storytelling medium, they may not view it as a research tool–rich in opportunities for discovery, refinement, and communication. Presenters will describe the course and recreate a short sequence from the class. Participants will experience firsthand techniques that they can later apply to their own or their students’ and advisees’ research.


Ground Works Open House

130 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center – Garden Room

Come and go as you please to this open house for Ground Works, a2ru’s online peer-reviewed platform for arts-integrated research. We welcome you to learn more about our review process and our community of practice, with opportunities to meet others doing interdisciplinary research that centers the arts, and to talk with artists and scholars published on Ground Works. You can also meet with current Editors to discuss or workshop your potential submission to Ground Works, be it in a formative stage or fully developed. Throughout the session, there will be short lightning talks (exact times TBA) about our latest projects. Please join us for this convivial exchange of ideas about arts-integrated research, interdisciplinary collaboration, digital publishing, peer review, and more.


Short Break


NeuroArts Blueprint Initiative: Mapping the Path Forward (Livestream)

Recital Hall

In December 2021, the NeuroArts Blueprint. a joint project of the The Johns Hopkins International Arts + Mind Lab Center for Applied Neuroaesthetics (IAM Lab) and the Aspen Institute’s Health, Medicine & Society Program (HMS) released  NeuroArts Blueprint: Advancing the Science of Arts, Health, and Wellbeing, a long-term vision for the emerging field of neuroarts that combines the proven rigor of mainstream medicine and public health with arts practices and interventions including music, visual arts, design, dance, and other art forms. Reflecting two years of global research, in-depth stakeholder conversations, focus groups, a field survey and convenings, the NeuroArts Blueprint report lays out five recommendations to cultivate neuroarts as a recognized field. Join Andrea Camp, a senior advisor to the NeuroArts Blueprint, and Samuel Garrett, the Initiative’s Research and Project Director,  as they provide an update on the progress of the implementation phase of the NeuroArts Blueprint recommendations to strengthen, standardize, and propel the field of neuroarts. They will also lead a discussion of how attendees can contribute to two of the Initiative’s cornerstone efforts:  The Neuroarts Resource Center and the Community Neuroarts Coalitions.



Pick up in Recital Hall lobby (details for ordering have been emailed to registrants. Please email a2ruconnect@umich.edu if you did not receive them). In order to minimize food waste, we will only order lunches for those who complete the order form by Wednesday, October 11.


Sustainability and Evolving Technologies Keynotes (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Moderated by Patrick Hammie, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Imagining our Future: The Vital Role of Arts in Creating a Sustainable and Just World

Lara B. Fowler, Penn State University

Interventions in the Future Industry: Black Speculative Practice and a Pedagogy of Liberation

Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University


Coffee Break

Recital Hall Lobby


Session 13 (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Reducing Alzheimer Disease and Related Dementia Disparities in Hispanic Communities through Language Concordant and Culturally Affirming Music Interventions

Tracy Cowden, University of Texas at San Antonio

We will describe a mixed-methods project addressing the potential of active music-making and listening to help resolve health inequities in the diagnosis and care of Spanish-speaking patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. We will also discuss the challenges and opportunities in building our interdisciplinary team of artists and researchers.

Expressive-Voice and Meaningful Music: A Cultural Community Intervention as a University Social Responsibility Initiative in Non-traditional Scenarios

Marianne Daher, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

This is a university social responsibility project, carried out by students and academics from the Faculty of Arts and the Department of Psychology. We seek to bring the arts to non-traditional scenarios, contributing to the cultural development of communities in poverty situation, based on the techniques Expressive-Voice and Meaningful Music.

Empathy-Building and World Music Pedagogy: A Model for Engagement in Pre-Service Music Teacher Preparation

Sarah Watts, Penn State University

This session shares insights from a qualitative case study exploring the ways in which world music pedagogy encounters served as an empathy-building lens for pre-service music educators. Reflective activities, interactions with culture bearers, creation of curricular materials, and confronting personal biases were key aspects of empathy-building in this context.

A Community Music Ensemble as an Instrument for Arts-Integrated Research in Learning, Health, and Wellness

Tracy Cowden, University of Texas at San Antonio

I will describe our pilot program, a beginning concert band for veterans designed to provide a meaningful group learning activity and artistic outlet for a population with well-documented health and wellness challenges. I also outline the potential for integrative research across disciplines into the outcomes of participation in the ensemble.


Session 14

Hub 233A

Data Science and Design Projects for Social Good

Sam Keene, Cooper Union

We will present an overview of an interdisciplinary course where we aim to educate students to solve real world, data-oriented problems in education, justice, health, public safety, economic development, or other areas. These problems are inherently interdisciplinary, requiring identification of problems, design and implementation of solutions, and communication of results.

A Mobile Application Design for Evaluating Wellness Design in Workplace

Huiwon Lim, Penn State University; Hye Jeong Park, University of Northern Colorado

The interdisciplinary research team, including graphic design, interior design, and human-computer interaction developed a mobile application for evaluating a workplace design through the 20 design features.

One Nation, One Project: A National Arts & Wellness Initiative

Nicole Morgan, University of Florida; Tyler Thomas, One Nation, One Project

One Nation/One Project is a national arts and wellness initiative. While building sustainable partnerships between the health and arts sectors and implementing ongoing local participatory arts activities, 18 participating cities will simultaneously premier an artistic project in response to the prompt “There’s no place like home” in summer 2024.


Session 15

Hub 233B

Findings from an Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Studio Art Research Course

Morgan Yacoe, University of Florida

This presentation describes the development and findings of a collaborative studio course which blends the practice of art and medicine. Art students and premedical students team up to collaborate with healthcare providers and researchers on real-world projects that impact the health and medical training of individuals in their community and beyond.

Skin Deep: A Histological Examination of Colorism

Rogério Pinto, University of Michigan

Using a script that incorporates medical and technical procedures as performance, the video conveys the biopsy of my healthy skin and the staining process of skin tissue for microscopic viewing, both before and after a tanning regimen that lasted three months.



Session 16

130 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center – Garden Room

SketchTivity: Intelligent Sketching Tutoring for Engineering

Wayne Li, Georgia Tech

Sketching is traditionally taught in art and design studio environments with expert feedback from instructors as a way to visualize and communicate ideas. However, the atelier model has some limitations as the size of the learning environment scales. We developed an intelligent tutoring system that uses sketch recognition algorithms to provide real-time feedback on performance of freehand perspective sketching in 2D and 3D.

Art-Making with AI: Experiences of Art Educators with DALL-E 2

Ye Sul Park, Penn State University

This presentation illuminates the experiences of art educators with innovative technologies, particularly focusing on their engagement with an AI program, DALL-E 2, which has been available to the public recently.

Enhancing the Emotional Appeal of Architectural and Interior Design Renderings with Advanced Atmosphere Techniques

Yongyeon Cho, Iowa State University

The study aims to identify nine visual factors related to the function of architectural rendering software to enhance the atmosphere – a beautiful, natural presence for creating a striking and memorable rendering. The researcher created renderings with the Church of the Light for the online survey and analyzed the results.


Reception and Performance

Woskob Gallery, 146 S. Allen St.

Please join us for a short reception followed by a performance and discussion by Penn State’s William Doan, Ph.D.

Inhale, Exhale, Draw is a performance piece that combines stories and drawings in a personal and in-depth look at the complex ways we understand anxiety and depression. A mix of comedy and drama with a dash of science and research, Inhale, Exhale, Draw explores Doan’s creative practice as a daily tool for managing his mental well-being.

The performance will be followed by a discussion with Doan, and Drs. Sarah Myruski and Kristin Buss from Penn State’s Emotion Development Lab about their current Drawing and Anxiety Study.

Saturday, October 21


Registration Opens

Stuckeman Jury Space


Session 17 (Livestream)

Recital Hall

The Place for an Arts-based Curriculum in Competency-based Medical Education

Christa Wilk, Jason Gong, Mark Stephens, Dani D’Amico, Michael Flanagan, Lauren Pomerantz, Penn State University

Over the past 10 years, faculty have developed an integrated, competency-based curriculum partnering with local artists, educators, and an on-campus art museum. The curriculum is included across multiple years of medical school. Join faculty, staff, and students for a conversation about the role arts-based education plays in their medical education.


Session 18

Hub 233A

Campus Interdisciplinary Centers: From Envisioning to Establishing and Evolving

Mary Beth Leigh, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Lorie Loeb, Dartmouth; Emily Ryan, University of Kansas; Evan Ziporyn, MIT; William Doan, Penn State; Charlene Brenner, The Ohio State University


Session 19

Hub 233B

Vis-a-thon: A Program for Art, Science, and a Sustainable Future

Georgia Rhodes, Rhode Island School of Design; Stewart Copeland, University of New Mexico

This presentation focuses on our collaborative art/science visualization program: its interdisciplinary pedagogy, programmatic structure, and participant outcomes. We will highlight three past projects that demonstrate how interdisciplinary collaboration leads to innovative discourse around sustainability, and discuss how we, as program designers and facilitators, enable and support these partnerships.

Design Activism for One Health: Transdisciplinary Arts and Sciences Service Learning to Support Underserved Communities

Leann Andrews, Penn State University

This presentation describes a transdisciplinary Design Activism studio and One Health training program that worked with an informal community in Peru. Blending the arts and sciences, landscape architecture, veterinary sciences, and public health students designed artful, performative, and culturally mindful landscapes that improve humans and ecological health in the community.

tranSci Lab for Real World Chemistry and Creative Communication

Cassandra Fraser, University of Virginia

The tranSci Lab for Real World Chemistry and Creative Communication supports transdisciplinary teams investigating material pathways and their intersections with bodies, communities, and environments. An arts-forward approach is adopted to raise awareness about environmental health and sustainability crises and inspire change. Courses, residencies, place-based research, and partnerships will be discussed.


Session 20

130 Pasquerilla Spiritual Center – Garden Room

Leveraging Insights from the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) to Inform New Educational Futures

Jennifer Novak-Leonard, Kevin Hamilton, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Sarah Cunningham, Rhode Island School of Design; Mallika Bose, B. Stephen Carpenter II, Penn State University

This session will offer new national research insights from the 2022 Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) survey on educational futures for students of arts, design, and adjacent fields; critical reflections on those insights; and engage session attendees with forward-looking implications for post-secondary education.


Coffee Break

Recital Hall Lobby



Keynote Speakers’ Moderated Discussion (Livestream)

Recital Hall

Moderated by B. Stephen Carpenter II, Penn State University

Julian Chambliss, Michigan State University; Lara B. Fowler, Penn State University; Tonika Lewis Johnson, The Folded Map Project; David Sloane, USC Price



Short Break


Closing Remarks and Announcements (Livestream)

Recital Hall