What do we do?
The work of a2ru Research is guided by three basic questions:
- What is arts integration?
- Why does arts integration matter?
- How do you “do” arts integration?
The answers we provide to these three questions help A2RU partners meet their knowledge, communication, and program implementation goals.
How do we do it?
We consider it a cycle, mapped as follows:
We start with data. Some of that data comes from the literature of arts-integration and associated fields, but most comes first-hand from three major a2ru studies conducted between 2012 and the present.
Using a range of quantitative and qualitative methodologies, we derive insights from this data. A2RU partner concerns determine where we focus our analysis, for example on tenure and promotion policy, interdisciplinary collaboration, or “amplifying” arts integration on individual campuses.
In the maker tradition, we translate our research insights into tools, games workshops, rubrics, maps, agendas, and publication. These resources make it easy and practicable for partners to put our insights into practice.
An exclusive benefit for institutional members
Arts Data Pilot at the University of Michigan
This 2023 reports summarizes findings from the first phase of a collaborative study with the University of Michigan Arts Initiative
An immersive interdisciplinary creative experience for students.
Veronica Stanich speaks to the Center for Interdisciplinarity at Michigan State University
A study in partnership with the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR)
Combine arts-making and analysis to gain new perspective on your non-arts work.
Key scholarly resources on collaboration among the arts and other disciplines
A 2018 session from our Circuits series
A worksheet to identify & describe an institution tenure & promotion landscape.
Implicit/Explicit: Delve Deeper Into Tacit Practices
A deck for faculty and academic leaders who are charged with aligning tenure and promotion policy with institutional values of arts integration and interdisciplinarity
Explore when, why, and how artists and designers might frame their work as research.
A new a2ru research project in development
Learn tools for effective collaboration across difference.
The Case for Arts Integration Workbook
What Is Arts Research?
The Collaboration Kit
A workshop-in-a-box for collaborative know-how
What’s Next? A Decision Support and Ideation Tool for Research Planning
This visual overview of of the impacts of arts integration and interdisciplinarity in the university is a tool for case-making, communication, and further inquiry.
A report synthesizing our interview-based impacts research
A list of key scholarly resources on articulating impact.
Build your case in this online or in-person workshop for artists and designers.
Impacts Book: New Perspective, Awareness, Understanding
A short book exploring how encounters with the arts change our understanding and give us new perspective
Impacts Book: Skills and Capacities for Students
A short book exploring the long list of skills and capacities that students build through their experiences with the arts
Impacts Book: Student Experiences
A short book exploring the ways that students' experiences with the arts impact their learning, personal development, and social lives
DIY Impacts Workshop & Worksheet
Create a shortened version of a2ru’s half-day workshop