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February 29, 2016
Click to download the Press Release Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) 2016 Emerging Creatives Student Summit takes place at the University of Michigan on March 9-11, 2016.
RISE: Forging Resilient Communities is the third annual a2ru student summit. The summit will convene 80 students from across the country who will explore creative transdisciplinary collaborations addressing economic development and quality of life in communities across the country and the world. Twenty-five research universities are represented in over 50 disciplines. The hashtag for the conference is #a2ruRise.
Michigan and the Detroit area in particular have been innovators and leaders in finding creative, sustainable solutions to urban challenges through cross-sector partnerships that leverage the creative energy of its citizens. RISE: Forging Resilient Communities will host students at the University of Michigan campus and in Detroit to explore not only how creative partnerships can transform and revitalize communities in sustainable ways, but to also gain tools they can bring back to their own campuses.
Panels, workshops, and a Detroit tour are planned. The Heidelberg Project and the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) are on the itinerary. Detroit panel members include: George Jacobsen, Senior Program officer at The Kresge Foundation; Jenenne Whitfield, Executive Director at The Heidleberg Project; Kate Bordine, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Ponyride; and Dan Lijana, Communications Officer at M-1 Rail. Scheduled speakers from the University of Michigan include: Aaron Dworkin, Dean of the School of Music, Theatre and Dance; Tom Frank, Executive Director at the Center for Entrepreneurship; V. Mitch McEwen, Assistant Professor from the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning; and Thomas Zurbuchen, Professor of Aerospace Engineering at Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering.
At the summit a2ru will announce the 2016 Student Challenge Grant providing seed monies to multi-campus interdisciplinary student teams to start or continue a collaborative project that addresses a social, community, or societal problem.
“The full richness of what it means to be human is not easily captured, and the full scope of our ability to express thought and aspiration is not limited to a few simple forms,” says James Holloway, University of Michigan’s Vice Provost for Global and Engaged Education. “A full understanding of human-ness, and of the full range of our expression, requires an understanding of our ability and our need to create art. We are therefore thrilled to host this year’s a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit, and embrace its focus on Forging Resilient Communities. Across the globe resilient communities are both created by, and cause the creation of, challenging artistic works. The one does not arise without the other.”
December 14, 2015Click to download the PressRelease Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and the University of Michigan’s ArtsEngine welcomes Gabriel A. Harp as incoming research director beginning January 4, 2016. Harp will oversee research initiatives for both organizations, and will lead the Mellon Foundation-funded SPARC Project: Supporting Practice in Arts, Research and Curricula, a three-year initiative to apply, support, and disseminate best practices in the integration of arts practice, research and curricula at research universities.
July 15, 2015Click to download the Press Release Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and the University of Michigan’s ArtsEngine program received an $800,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant, effective this July, will fund the SPARC Project: Supporting Practice in Arts, Research and Curricula, a three-year initiative that will allow a2ru to disseminate best practices in the integration of arts practice at research universities.
March 12, 2015Click to download the Press Release Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
Over 100 students from leading research universities participated in the 2015 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit. The event, which took place January 28-31, 2015, was hosted by Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux was the second annual summit organized by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). Undergraduate and graduate students from across the country were offered an opportunity to explore creative transdisciplinary collaboration as a means to envision the city of the future. Read more here.
November 26, 2014Click to download the Press Release Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
Nearly 250 attendees converged on Ames, Iowa on November 5-8 for the 2014 a2ru National Conference at Iowa State University. Presidents, vice chancellors, provosts, deans, faculty, and students from leading research universities across the country took part in an historic event that included 50 panel discussions and breakout sessions that took place over four days. Each day of the conference included a plenary session that addressed overarching questions faced by partner universities with regard to the successful implementation of arts-integrated interdisciplinary initiatives in changing institutional frameworks at American universities. Read more here.
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities Appoints Executive Director August 6, 2014Click to download the Press Release Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and ArtsEngine are pleased to announce that Dr. Laurie Baefsky will be assuming the role of Executive Director for both organizations effective mid-August 2014.
“Leading ArtsEngine and a2ru is about advancing the national conversation in interdisciplinary learning, research, and teaching between the arts and other disciplines. I am impressed by what’s been cultivated on North Campus through ArtsEngine and Living Arts, and look forward to their next phase. At thirty partners and growing, a2ru continues to ensure the highest standard of institutional support for arts-integrative interdisciplinarity at a time when research universities, employers and governments are shifting their learning and working models. I look forward to returning to University of Michigan in this capacity and working with leadership across the country to elevate the visibility of students’ and faculties’ interdisciplinary efforts between the arts, sciences and other disciplines,” Baefsky stated. Read more here.
March 3, 2014Press Release
Over 100 of the best and brightest students from across the country were recently selected from 25 leading U.S. research universities for a skills-intensive conference specifically designed to further their experience in interdisciplinary collaboration and design thinking. Organized by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) and hosted at Stanford University from January 30 through February 1, 2014, the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference brought together undergraduate and graduate students from the arts, engineering, computer science, design, human-computer interaction, environmental science, biocomputation, sociology, architecture and other disciplines for three intensive days that included a design thinking bootcamp at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford.
“These young leaders from across the country are seizing their cultural moment—where technology, culture and opportunities in higher education have aligned—and are emerging as a collaborative community of makers, thinkers, problem solvers and problem finders no matter their discipline. As educators it’s our privilege and duty to further their expertise and creative confidence within that framework,” remarked a2ru’s Dr. Anthony J. Kolenic. The conference exceeded expectations which is reflected in student Cindy Chen’s assessment, “In the end, some of the most valuable skills I gained from a2ru were how to identify problems, how to think about innovative solutions, and how to work across fields to implement those solutions.” Read more here.
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January 22, 2014Press Release. Media Contact: Michelle Krell Kydd Phone: 734-763-2318
The a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference, hosted at Stanford University, will take place Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, 2014. Over 100 interdisciplinary students, each from an a2ru partner university, were selected to attend this conference. All selected students share a deep interest in crossing creative boundaries and actualizing collaborative projects, and this conference provides the frameworks and tools to enable this group of emerging creatives to develop, execute, and sustain new interdisciplinary collaborative endeavors. Dr. Anthony Kolenic of a2ru explains, “the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference exemplifies a national movement that reaches beyond STEM to STEAM; it shows how interdisciplinary work inclusive of the arts can be further understood on its own terms and puts the tools with which to do so right into the students’ hands. Not only that, this conference will give students a much fuller picture of interdisciplinary scholarship and production because of its experiential approach.” Read more here.
October 28, 2013
a2ru is pleased to announce the launch of its new website (a2ru.org). The new site features a vast Knowledge Base with relevant scholarly articles and other media on topics and issues faced by those integrating arts practice into the 21st century research university, including: interdisciplinary curricula, high-level collaborative research, administrative models and challenges, issues in policy and funding, transdisciplinary scholarship and teaching in the broader culture, and many others. a2ru.org also features a curated list of grant opportunities for those conducting work at the intersections of the arts with other disciplines and fields, its own research reports, partner-only content, information about its student and annual partner conferences, and much more.