2022 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

About Emerging Creatives

Learning in Liminal Spaces: Transformative Visions for the 21st Century

We are proud to announce the return of the Emerging Creatives Student Summit in 2022 after a one-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, the event will be cosponsored by two leading companies from the private sector, Steelcase Learning and CannonDesign, in partnership with a2ru founding partner institution Virginia Tech. The Summit will take place March 9-11 in Washington, D.C. at Steelcase’s WorkLife Center.

This year’s theme “Learning in Liminal Spaces: Transformative Visions for the 21st Century” reckons with a profoundly altered educational landscape as we emerge from the pandemic. Old models of learning are undergoing seismic change. We have been living with reordered routines in a time between times, learning in liminal spaces of asynchronous and hybrid instruction. Yet in this in-between time and space we now inhabit, we are freer to imagine new opportunities to access, participate, and thrive in learning. Exploring our human capacity for change in the wake of crisis, we can create more equitable and diverse learning spaces to fulfill our creative potential.

The a2ru Emerging Creatives summit will bring together students from the a2ru network in Washington DC at Steelcase’s WorkLife Center for workshops, skill building, and expert input from leaders in design, architecture, and engineering. Students will work in teams to create collaborative, transdisciplinary projects that explore how we can own these liminal, speculative, transdisciplinary spaces and transform how we learn together.

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Nominations and Applications

Due to space restrictions and COVID-19 protocols, and to maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the event, participation will be limited to two students from each a2ru member institution: one student from an arts-based discipline and one student from a non-arts discipline. Represntatives from member institutions may submit their nominations in the form linked below. Please contact a2ruconnect@umich.edu with any questions.

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Funding Opportunities

Students nominated for Emerging Creatives can apply for funding to defray the costs of attending the Summit through one of two programs: the a2ru Student Travel Grants (providing up to $250 in support) or the a2ru Scholar Awards (providing up to $1000 in support). Please see the links below for additional information and to apply:

Student Travel Grants

Scholar Awards


a2ru has arranged a room block for Emerging Creatives at the Hilton Hotel Arlington.

Students can book online at the link below; they also have the option to contact Hilton Hotel Arlington directly (703.528.6000) or the Hilton reservation hotline (1-800-445-8667) to make their reservations. Students will need to provide the group code (ECS), arrival date, and hotel name. A rate of $219 per night for a single room or $229 for a double room is available for the evenings of March 8 through March 11, 2022.

Reservations must be made by February 9, 2022. 

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