June 23, 2017
Athens, GA; Tucson, AZ; and Iowa City, IA—Two interdisciplinary student teams were awarded Student Challenge Grants by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) to pursue projects on water sustainability: “Let Water Be Water” was awarded $3,000 plus travel support and will explore immediacy, transparency, and relevance by animating environment impact data sets. The team includes Dorsey Kaufmann, first year MFA in Illustration and Design at the University of Arizona; Nima Hamidi, a PhD candidate in music from the University of Iowa; and third year undergraduate in Computer Science, Addison Kaufmann, also from the University of Arizona.
“Alliance for Arts + Rights of Nature” was awarded $3,500 plus travel support and will explore the inherent rights of nature and address the questions: Does nature possess inherent rights? How can a legal framework grant a natural entity personhood? What role can art play in exploring this line of inquiry? The project will integrate policy and action through artistic methods. Team members include Berea Antaki, first year MS in Textiles and Merchandising at the University of Georgia; Carla Cao, first year, MS in Music Composition at the University of Georgia; Iva Dimitrova, fourth year BS in Mass Media Arts at the University of Georgia; Nima Hamidi, PhD candidate in Music Composition at the University of Iowa; and Suzie Henderson, fourth year BS in Ecology at the University of Georgia.
Teams will work over the course of the summer and will present on their projects at a gathering of research university administrators, faculty, staff, and students this fall at the 5th Annual National a2ru Conference: Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement November 1-4, 2017, hosted by Northeastern University, with co-host a2ru partners including Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University.
Student teams competed for grants to continue promising collaborations started at the 2017 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit: WATER: New Directions Through Arts and Science hosted by the University of Florida in February 2017. The summit convened interdisciplinary teams from various a2ru partner research universities to address issues around the theme of water.
Many thanks to our faculty advisors at the summit from a2ru partner universities including Penn State University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Iowa State University, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Madison University, University of Colorado Denver, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of North Texas, Utah State University, University of Michigan, and the University of Florida, with special thanks to challenge grant reviewers, Laura Chessin from VCU and Mary Pat McGuire from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
If your institution has interest in helping foster the next crop of innovative projects by hosting the 2018 a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit, please contact Maryrose Flanigan.
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of over thirty institutions committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.