LearningPlanet Festival Panel: Artistic Research for Future Challenges

Jan 27, 2023 10:00am-11:30am Eastern

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Aaron Knochel, Professor, Penn State University

R. Benjamin Knapp, Director, ICAT, Virginia Tech

Raphaële Bidault-Waddington, Futurist, LIID Future Lab

Theo Edmonds, Associate Dean/Co-Founder, University of Colorado Denver/Imaginator Academy

About the Session

In recent years, a growing number of researchers from the field of the Arts, are developing, in and beyond academia, innovative approaches to address the future and its critical challenges, such as the environment, post-coloniality or technologies, and have an increased impact on society.

The arts are a universal language. In our education systems and research methodologies, these essential tools and perspectives the arts offer have been underutilized. This group of creative futurists and arts-integrated researchers are working to re-integrate the arts to benefit learning and understanding of the earth and each other. Artists and creatives are known for methods that are speculative, non-reductive, and attend to both humanistic and natural concerns. This session will explore the promise and the power of the arts to address systemic problems.

For this exploratory round-table at the Learning Planet Festival, a2ru is pleased to invite four art-based researchers who are pursuing pioneering research practice, platforms and strategies to contribute to future research and positive change. Together, they will share their experience, and discuss how to better value and amplify that movement.

Participants in this roundtable are actively exploring and practicing creative integration in the public sector, higher education, and industry.

Visit the Learning PlanetFestival page for the Zoom link and to learn about other festival events.

The panelists suggest the following resources to read to prepare for Friday’s session:

“Creativity Myths: Prevalence and correlates of misconceptions on creativity”


a2ru Ground Works: “Vibrant Ecologies of Research”


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About the LearningPlanet Festival

a2ru is an official partner of the LearningPlanet Festival 2023: January 24-28! 

Since its launch in January 2020, the annual LearningPlanet Festival has been a free, open-to-all event dedicated to celebrating education and lifelong learning. This year, we are bringing the world together on the International Day of Education, 24 January, and for 5 consecutive days, with hundreds of online and onsite events worldwide. 

With over 300 partners, the Festival explores new ways of learning, teaching, researching, and making a positive impact in light of complex societal and environmental challenges. By highlighting the extraordinary diversity of actors and learning territories that are engaged at the local, national and international levels, this gathering nurtures a culture of hope and engagement.