The Knowledge Base provides information that enables research universities to adapt effective strategies for integrating arts practice, and to support and inform further original inquiry. Search by category to find relevant research and policy papers, examples of successful curricular and co-curricular integration, interdisciplinary research partnerships involving artists, and administrative structures that support integration.


Neuroscience and the Arts — An a2ru Partner Spotlight

If you don’t risk, you don’t discover. – Jose Luis “Pepe” Contreras-Vidal ...
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Resource Database


Tuning In

Music Meets Math...
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NEA Guide to the U.S. Arts and Cultural Production Satellite Account

The guide is a comprehensive and detailed measure of the arts and culture's contribution to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP). ...
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a2ru Awards Student Challenge Grants to “Emerging Creatives”

Two interdisciplinary student teams were awarded Student Challenge Grants by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) to pursue projects on water...
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Curricular Examples

Tactile Art Device Helps Children with Autism

A device developed in combination with Michigan College of Engineering and The Taubman School of Architecture and Urban Planning supports a tactile coloring book...
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Co-Curricular Examples

Catalizing Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Research

"This is how we can investigate each other's mediums. Make this collaborative project together!" Abby Schnure, BFA Art Major...
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