2023 Emerging Creatives Student Summit, “The Future: By Design”

About Emerging Creatives

How can innovative design help us build a more sustainable, equitable future where we all can thrive? How can we best harness new technologies alongside design and future thinking to address our most pressing global concerns?

This year’s Emerging Creatives Student Summit, “The Future: By Design,” will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati at its brand-new Digital Futures Building in Cincinnati’s Innovation District. Digital Futures is a community of experts who partner with government, industry, and the community to deliver reliable and lasting solutions to the real problems impacting people’s lives.

Students will experience Digital Future’s cutting-edge labs and facilities and learn from Digital Futures faculty and staff about their innovative research. They will work in interdisciplinary teams with fellow students from across the a2ru network to create arts-integrative projects responding to the conference theme. Participants will also receive training from a2ru staff on best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as mentorship and feedback from Digital Futures and a2ru staff on their projects in progress. The three-day summit will conclude with presentations of each team’s project for their peers and mentors.

View this year’s program below:

Emerging Creatives Program

Read a feature on the event from a2ru partner school Rochester Institute of Technology

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Student Testimonials

Nominations and Applications

a2ru member institutions may send up to four students to Emerging Creatives. To maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the event, the team of student delegates from each school should be evenly distributed between students from arts-based disciplines and students from non-arts disciplines.

The deadline to nominate students for this year’s Summit has passed; please contact Charisse Willis at a2ruconnect@umich.edu with any questions.


Funding Opportunities

The deadline for applying for additional funding for this year’s Emerging Creatives has passed.

Travel and Lodging

Students should make travel arrangements so they are available to participate in Emerging Creatives activities starting at 4pm on Thursday, March 2 (registration will open at 3pm) and ending on Sunday, March 5 at noon.

a2ru has secured the following room blocks for Emerging Creatives participants. Please note booking cut-off dates. 

1) Graduate Cincinnati (Book by 2/13)

Rate $159/night

Link: Graduate a2ru Emerging Creatives Room Block

Accessibility Features:

Graduate Cincinnati’s public spaces have been modified to accommodate guests with disabilities and meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Service animals are allowed.

For more information or if you require specific accommodations, please email info@graduatecincinnati.com or call 513-487-3800.

2) Fairfield by Marriott Uptown/University Area (Book by 2/9)

Rate $119/night

Parking $14/night (Unlimited in/out access; Parking garage is wheelchair accessible.)

Link: Fairfield a2ru Emerging Creatives Room Block

Accessibility Features:

The main entrance to the Fairfield by Marriott Cincinnati Uptown/University Area hotel is accessible. Additionally, the hotel has elevators, service animals are welcome, and there is room and suite access through the interior corridor. For more information about the physical features of the hotel’s accessible rooms, common areas, or special services relating to a specific disability, please call 513-281-2200.

3) Courtyard by Marriott Cincinnati Midtown Rookwood (Book by 2/14)

Rate $169/night

Link: Courtyard a2ru Emerging Creatives Room Block


Hotel Reservation Phone Number: 1-855-800-3618, reference group a2ru Emerging Creative

Accessibility Features:  The main hotel entrance is accessible. Service animals are welcome. There is accessible on-site parking is available, and valet parking is offered for vehicles outfitted for drivers in wheelchairs. Elevators are also available. For more information about the physical features of the hotel’s accessible rooms, common areas, or special services relating to a specific disability, please call 513-672-7100.

COVID Protocols

a2ru’s expectation is that all Emerging Creatives participants will be fully vaccinated, preferably with a bivalent booster as eligible. Masks will be welcome and available at all Emerging Creatives events. We ask that participants complete a rapid COVID test 24 hours before the summit begins.