Call for Submissions: a2ru Ground Works

Call for Submissions: a2ru Ground Works
Priority date for submissions is February 28, 2020

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) issues a call for submissions to its online peer-reviewed collection of interdisciplinary arts projects, Ground Works.

We welcome submissions that integrate research and practice in the fine, performing, and applied arts and design with other disciplines. We seek a wide range of interdisciplinary works that pose a challenge to traditional peer review methods by inviting examination from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Eligible projects have achieved some initial recognition; they may be collaborative or sole-author, but should demonstrably advance multiple fields within and beyond the arts.

Ground Works: Exploring Research as Craft

Fall 2019
Ground Works Special Inaugural Edition

Exploring Research as Craft (ERAC) collaboratively engages seemingly disparate disciplines through craft, material meaning-making, and critical response. Across the sciences and arts, people engage with their material and social environments to craft meaning about the world. However, academic siloing and the prioritization of jargon over communication endorse narrow understandings of science, art, research, and craft. Developed by an anthropology PhD student and an MFA at the University of Georgia (UGA), ERAC is a three-part workshop series to promote cross-disciplinary communication by conceptualizing research and practice as craft. This series culminated in a public exhibition at ATHICA, a non-profit gallery in Athens, Georgia. ERAC uncovers commonalities in how students, researchers, and faculty from diverse disciplines engage with questions about the world. In this way, traditional disciplines are deconstructed and research itself is promoted as an expression of cultural values and individual experience.

Exploring Research as Craft is supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Reading Room: The Case for Arts Integration

The Case for Arts Integration

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) presents “The Case for Arts Integration,” a tool for connecting across campus, outlining the “what,” “why,” and “how” of arts integration. While this book shows how arts integration can function on campus, and its range of impacts, the case it makes is broad and all-encompassing. Each university will want to define what arts integration looks like for them and how it fits into their unique cultural landscape.

Source: a2ru

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit 2020

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit
February 20-23, 2020
University of Cincinatti
Deadline: January 20, 2020

a2ru is now accepting applications from students and faculty to participate in the 2020 Emerging Creatives Student Summit — an intensive, working summit with experts and fellow students of all disciplines across the country to explore and tackle challenges in interdisciplinary teams around the theme, “RISE UP! Risk Something Real.”

Open to undergraduate and graduate students of a2ru partner institutions. There is no fee to attend the summit; student or student’s institution is responsible for travel and board — some meals provided as part of the Summit experience. A limited number of student travel grants and a2ru scholar awards are also available. For more info on the event, guest speakers and performers, and to apply, visit the summit website.

Feedback: Critical Evaluation Methods in the Arts

Feedback: Critical Evaluation Methods in the Arts
ARTS 6930
T-TH 9:30-10:45 AM
Spring 2020
Instructor: Mark Callahan

Now open to graduate students in all departments!

How can critique become more effective?

Readings and guided discussions will address the history and role of critique in higher education, psychology of feedback, and comparative approaches to critical evaluation across disciplines. Workshops will include activities in mapping critique and creative practice, exploring critique semantics, developing inquiry, and analyzing instructor and student expectations. The core of the course is practice-based research where each participant will have the opportunity to receive, give, and facilitate group feedback in multiple settings.

UGA students featured in national arts research conference

October 29, 2019
Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
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UGA students featured in national arts research conference

One year after UGA hosted the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) national conference, students and faculty from Athens will travel to the University of Kansas for the 2019 annual gathering of leaders. The November 7-9 event will feature discussions, white papers, posters, exhibitions, performances, and workshops around the theme of Knowledges: Artistic Practice as Method. Among the presentations selected through a rigorous peer review process is Exploring Research as Craft, a UGA student-led project developed with the support of the Willson Center’s partnership with Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

Project leaders Cydney Seigerman (Integrative Conservation and Anthropology) and Alden DiCamillo (Lamar Dodd School of Art) initiated their research through the Idea Lab Mini Grant program, a collaborative seed grant opportunity that pairs project teams with funding and mentorship from Ideas for Creative Exploration. Seigerman and DiCamillo worked with Alex McClay (Lamar Dodd School of Art), a graduate assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research, to facilitate production of an innovative three-part workshop series designed to promote cross-disciplinary communication by conceptualizing research and practice as craft. Workshop participants included graduate students from art, anthropology, ecology, English, forestry, microbiology, and landscape architecture. In spring 2019 the Exploring Research as Craft workshop outcomes were featured in a public exhibition and performance co-sponsored by ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art.

Presenting research at the national level is an incomparable professional and networking experience for graduate students at UGA. For Siegerman and DiCamillo, it is the culmination of a process that began with an inquiry about the connections of methods across seemingly disparate disciplines. Siegerman reflects that “my experience in lab – the rituals of setting up experiments, of measuring out starting materials with my favorite spatula, and the attention I paid to the process and beauty of my experiments is often forgotten in the final analysis of data.” The workshop series combined aspects of communication, feedback, and creative activities that led to a deeper understanding and appreciation of the craft of research. DiCamillo discovered “that interdisciplinary work that stems from the arts is filled with radical, energetic people and communities who know how to stretch and work ideas so that they become dynamic realities.”

Alex McClay has a unique perspective of Exploring Research as Craft from her dual role of project facilitator and participant. She recalls, “working with researchers from a variety of disciplines, all while offering feedback, production support, and visual knowledge, was the most impactful part of this experience.” As a graduate assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research, McClay is part of an elite group of students in art, music, and theatre and film studies who are recruited to work with Ideas for Creative Exploration as peer mentors and leaders. They gain practical experience by organizing the seed grant selection process, managing project budgets, and helping projects reach their full potential.

UGA is a partner in the a2ru network, a consortium of institutions aligned to promote interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs, and creative practice between the arts, sciences and other disciplines. As an additional benefit of membership, students are eligible to apply for travel grants from a2ru to support participation in the national conference and the upcoming 2020 Emerging Creatives Student Summit RISE UP! Community – Connection – Collective Memory hosted by the University of Cincinnati.