Arts +STEM Graduate Workshops

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Idea Lab Conversation: Unsettling “Monument”

Idea Lab Conversation: Unsettling “Monument”
Date to be announced
Lamar Dodd building room S160

Join us for a conversation about artists challenging the status-quo of what a monument “ought to be.” What is the necessity of speculative fiction, strategies of resistance, and counter-narrative in public space?

Reading Room: Ten 2020 Trends that Will Impact the Arts

Reading Room: Ten 2020 Trends that Will Impact the Arts

Americans for the Arts staff put our heads together to come up with 10 big trends that we think are worth paying attention to this year. Some of them you’ll surely already know about — it is an election year, after all! But others may surprise you.

Source: Americans for the Arts

Idea Lab Conversation: The Under Presents

Idea Lab Conversation: The Under Presents
Friday, February 28 from 10-Noon
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Explore the intersection of live cabaret, drag, puppetry, motion capture, time travel, and virtual reality! “The Under Presents” is a collaboration between Oculus, Piehole (experimental theatre company) and TenderClaws (immersive storytelling collective). Participants will get a chance to try on the Oculus headgear and experience this ambitious undertaking of immersive performance art as a virtual reality experience.

Ad•Verse Fest

Ad•Verse Fest
March 6-7
ATHICA and Caledonia Lounge

Ad•verse Fest is a is a two-day festival showcasing a variety of solo and duo performers who blur the line between the musical, visual, and performative arts, with an emphasis on the electronic. Headliners for 2020 include Dynasty Handbag (Jibz Cameron), Wizard Apprentice, and LEYA.

Dynasty Handbag
Wizard Apprentice
Romantic Thriller
Mischa Lively
Mischa Lively and Mannequin Lover
The Queendom
Saadia Rais
Secret Friends
Diatom Deli
Thank You Please
Josey (F.L.E.D.)
Bacon Grease
Buddy Crime
John Kiran Fernandes
Ivy Hollivana
Home Body
N/A Dance Party with Essential Oil and Jhenetics

Lecture: Dynasty Handbag
Friday, March 6 at 12:15 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room N200

Jibz Cameron is a performer and video artist living in Los Angeles. Her multi-media performance work as alter ego Dynasty Handbag has spanned 15 years and been presented at such institutions as MOCALA, PS1, The Kitchen, REDCAT, and The Broad Museum, among others. She has been heralded by The New York Times as “the funniest and most pitch perfect performance seen in years” and as “outrageously smart, grotesque and innovative” by The New Yorker. She has written and produced seven evening-length performance pieces and countless short works. She has produced multiple video works and two albums of original music.

In addition to her work as Dynasty Handbag she has also been seen acting in films, theater and television. She works as a professor of performance and comedy related subjects. She also produces and hosts Weirdo Night, a monthly comedy and performance event in Los Angeles.

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Food

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Food
Friday, January 31 at 10 AM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

What is the role of the arts in addressing local and global issues of food production, access, and waste? Join us for a conversation about artists projects and the new Foodshed UGA initiative.


Foodshed UGA

The Peoples Cook

Digital Farm Collective

Endless Orchard


Temescal Amity Works

This Little Piggy

USDA Food Waste Data

UGA research featured in a2ru publication “The Case for Arts Integration”

December 11, 2019
Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
link to original article

UGA research featured in a2ru publication “The Case for Arts Integration”

The Case for Arts Integration, produced by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), presents insights gathered from interviews with academic leaders, institutional officers, faculty, staff, and students at over 60 research universities. The publication features evidence of impacts, best practices, challenges, and exemplars of arts integration, including Applying Creative Inquiry to Enhance Imaginative and Collaborative Capacity in STEM, a new UGA project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NSF Innovations in Graduate Education award supports a three-year project led by an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the arts, humanities, and sciences at UGA. The award will bring together a diverse group of graduate students from STEM and arts disciplines to address environmental issues using creativity-based training methods from the arts. If successful, widespread adoption of these methods will contribute to equipping STEM graduates across the country with communication and collaboration skills and ultimately increase creative and innovative solutions to complex global environmental challenges.

The project team formed through a series of activities developed by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA, in partnership with the Willson Center, the Graduate School, the Center for Integrative Conservation Research, the Office of Sustainability, and Watershed UGA. Encouraged by the success of a 2017 pilot program, the team was further motivated by the publication of a report by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with a2ru, The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education: Branches from the Same Tree.

a2ru facilitated a series of town hall meetings across the country to share the report’s findings and recommendation for “funders to take leadership in supporting integration by prioritizing and dedicating funding for novel, experimental, and expanded efforts to integrate the arts, humanities, and STEMM disciplines and the evaluation of such efforts.” The UGA project will be among the first in the nation to share data about the effectiveness of arts integration with STEM graduate training that is supported by rigorous quantitative and qualitative assessment methods.

Inclusion in The Case for Arts Integration is a further sign of UGA’s emergence as a nexus for arts and environmental research after hosting the 2018 a2ru national conference Arts Environments. The NSF award and forthcoming study assures continued prominence for UGA as an a2ru partner institution and contributor to innovation in arts research.

Project team:

Nathan Nibbelink (Center for Integrative Conservation Research/Forestry)

Lizzie King (Center for Integrative Conservation Research/Ecology/Forestry)

Mark Callahan (Ideas for Creative Exploration/Art)

Kathryn Roulston (Education)

Brian Haas (Psychology)

Chris Cuomo (Philosophy/Women’s Studies)

Laurie Fowler (Watershed UGA/Ecology)

Rebecca Gose (Dance)

Jenna Jambeck (Engineering)

Michael Marshall (Art)

Meredith Welch-Devine (Graduate School/Anthropology)