Welcome Fall 2022

Welcome to a new semester at UGA! If you are new to Ideas for Creative Exploration, please take a few moments to explore the site and learn about some of the current and past projects and events. You may be interested in joining the ICE Announcements listserv, a newsletter with local events and opportunities in the arts.

Please also welcome our new recipients of Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Lucas Eytchison (Art) and Nkululeko Zungu (Music). These exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

2022 a2ru National Conference

a2ru 2022 National Conference: Exploring Artistic Research
November 3-5
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


As an a2ru member institution, UGA will cover registration costs for a limited number of a2ru conference participants.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) national conference will take place from November 3-5, 2022, on the University of Michigan’s Ann Arbor campus. This will be an in-person conference, though we anticipate remote attendance will be an option for many sessions.

The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for practitioners and researchers from across the higher education spectrum to share innovations and perspectives in the arts. a2ru advances the full range of arts and design integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society. a2ru’s work, in partnership with an international network of leading higher education institutions, envisions a world in which universities—students, faculty, and leaders—explore, embed, and integrate the arts in everyday practice and research.

Reading Room: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Vibrant Ecologies of Research
Ground Works Special Collection


What are the elements necessary to create a vibrant ecology of research where art and design inquiry may flourish alongside, within, and out of social and physical science research that is so deeply embedded within the fiber of research-oriented universities? In this special collection of Ground Works, the project work and commentaries explore vibrant ecologies of research, deepening our understanding of the institutional, social, and epistemological systems that effectively weave arts-based inquiry into the scholarly fabric of research.

Athens Arts Summit 2022

Athens Arts Summit 2022
August 5-6
Morton Theatre
Free Registration:


Athens Clarke County Leisure Services Arts Division is pleased to announce “Arts Summit 2022” to take place at the Morton Theatre in downtown Athens GA. The Arts Summit advocates, educates, and elevates local artists and creatives through career development and professional practices.

A special keynote speaker, Charmaine Minniefield, who will give a presentation Friday, August 5 at 6:30 pm, kicks off this event. Doors open at 6:00 pm. This is a free event open to the public.

Charmaine Minniefield’s creative practice is community-based as her research and resulting bodies of work often draw from public archives as she excavates the stories of African American women-led resistance, spirituality and power. Minniefield recently served as the Stuart A. Rose Library artist-in-residence at Emory University and through a collaboration with Flux Projects presented her work “Remembrance as Resistance: Preserving Black Narratives” in Atlanta’s historically segregated cemetery to honor the over 800 unmarked graves discovered in the African American Burial Grounds. She was recently awarded a National Endowment of the Arts Our Town Grant to present her Praise House Project in three locations in the metro Atlanta area to celebrate the African American history of those communities.

Arts Summit 2022 continues on Saturday, August 6 at 10:00 am at the Morton Theatre with a day of panels, lectures and sessions designed to educate and encourage professional advancement in the creative arts field. Highlights will include a panel Finding Funding with speakers from local, statewide and regional grant agencies, sessions on Licensing Your Art for Film and TV in the entertainment environment, a workshop on the how to’s of ACC Public Art Proposals and others. Saturday is free but registration is required.

The ACC Arts Division provides citizens and visitors with a relevant, enriching and inclusive experience in the arts, encouraging all to foster a deep appreciation of our shared creative culture. The Arts Division consists of three unique community venues and four central programming areas; visual, theatrical, musical and dance.

The Arts Summit 2022 is made possible through support from the Classic Center Cultural Foundation, Athens Downtown Development Authority, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and ACC Leisure Services Department.

Reading Room: Critique Is Creative

Critique Is Creative
By Liz Lerman and John Borstel


Devised by choreographer Liz Lerman in 1990, Critical Response Process (CRP) is an internationally recognized method for giving and getting feedback on creative works in progress. In this first in-depth study of CRP, Lerman and her long-term collaborator John Borstel describe in detail the four-step process, its origins and principles. The book also includes essays on CRP from a wide range of contributors. With insight, ingenuity, and the occasional provocation, these practitioners shed light on the applications and variations of CRP in the contexts of art, education, and community life. Critique Is Creative examines the challenges we face in an era of reckoning and how the flexible principles of CRP can aid in change-making of various kinds.

With contributions from:

Bimbola Akinbola, Mark Callahan, Lawrence Edelson, Isaac Gómez, Rachel Miller Jacobs, Lekelia Jenkins, Elizabeth Johnson Levine, Carlos Lopez-Real, Cristóbal Martínez, Gesel Mason, Cassie Meador, Kevin Ormsby, CJay Philip, Kathryn Prince, Sean Riley, Charles C. Smith, Phil Stoesz, Shula Strassfeld, Gerda van Zelm, Jill Waterhouse, Rebekah West

FY22 Annual Report

Read the full report here:

FY22 Annual Report