Arts+STEM Graduate Workshops

Arts+STEM Graduate Workshops

Creativity, Collaboration, and Environmental Problem Framing

Are you a graduate student in an Arts or STEM discipline with an interest in environmental issues and interdisciplinary engagement? This workshop series is just for you!

If you are interested in participating in physically distanced and/or online workshops for Fall 2020, or future workshop offerings, please complete this brief survey:

Workshops will feature creative activities including writing, collage, movement, and group problem-solving. Participants should be full-time graduate students.

All applicants to the Arts+STEM Workshop series are eligible and invited to participate in a National Science Foundation sponsored research study that will evaluate the workshop activities, and how they may contribute to creative inquiry and interdisciplinary collaboration.

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Dr. Lizzie King is an Associate Professor with a joint appointment in the Odum School of Ecology and Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources. She earned a BA from Reed College and a master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis. King conducts research in three main areas of sustainability science. One area focuses on challenges faced by livestock-herding societies in rural Africa, combining ecology and social science to gain a more holistic view of livelihood vulnerability. The second area is restoration ecology in Georgia, including barrier islands of Georgia’s coast and urban forests in Athens. Thirdly, she studies the value and practices of interdisciplinary and academic/non-academic partnerships in sustainability research.

Mark Callahan is the Artistic Director of Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA, and serves on the faculty of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. He is a graduate of Cranbrook Academy of Art and Rhode Island School of Design, where he was a member of the European Honors Program in Rome, Italy. He currently serves on the editorial board of Ground Works, a new journal for arts research in partnership with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). Callahan has assisted many collaborative project teams at UGA and facilitated interdisciplinary workshops for a diversity of students and faculty interested in sustainability and environmental issues.

Both facilitators are CICR Affiliates and co-principal investigators of “Enhancing imaginative and collaborative STEM capacity through creative inquiry,” a three-year project supported by the National Science Foundation.


This workshops series was developed by the UGA Center for Integrative Conservation Research in collaboration with Ideas for Creative Exploration. Based on student feedback and the success of a pilot program sponsored by the Graduate School, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from the arts, humanities, and sciences designed activities to train students to think creatively, to collaborate across disciplines, and to work with people with different perspectives, knowledge, and values.

Further support comes from a three-year NSF Innovations in Graduate Education award to study the effectiveness of the workshops and to pilot and to generate the knowledge required to move these approaches into the broader community. If successful, widespread adoption of these methods will contribute to equipping graduates across the country with communication and collaboration skills and ultimately increase creative and innovative solutions to complex global environmental challenges.

Project team:

Nate 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)

Reading Room: Alchemy of the Reset

Reading Room: Alchemy of the Reset

Alchemy of the Reset is a conversation series hosted and created by Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s Chief of Program Meklit Hadero and YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman — three artists who have dedicated their creative practices to inspiring systems and structural change. Hadero, Cook, and Lerman engage in dialogue with other artistic and creative leaders whose body of work and stories of reset aim to inspire members of our community to take action.

FY20 Annual Report

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FY29 Annual Report

Ecopoetics Reading and Publication

ECHO: a collection of eco-poetic works
Publication delayed due to COVID-19
Digital preview:
Download PDF (20.6 MB): ECHO.pdf

Featuring nine works from writers Brenda Hillman, Ben Rutherford, Paul Cunningham, Holly Haworth, Connor Fisher, Genevieve Arlie, and Aviva Kasowski. Designed and printed by Alex McClay. The book will be printed and bound in an edition of 70. There will be both a deluxe edition of 20 books bound with a hard cover and a standard edition of 50 books bound with a paper cover. The release of the book was meant to coincide with Brenda Hillman’s visit to UGA.

Reading: Brenda Hillman
Cancelled due to COVID-19

Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English Jed Rasula is pleased to present a reading by poet Brenda Hillman. Hillman was born in Tucson, Arizona and has been an active part of the Bay Area literary community since 1975. She has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, EmPress, A Minus Press, and Albion Books and is the author of ten full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014 and the Northern California Book Award, and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018).

Publication supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration. Brenda Hillman event supported by the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English at UGA.

Idea Lab Conversation: Unsettling “Monument”

Idea Lab Conversation: Unsettling “Monument”
Cancelled due to COVID-19

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?

Shaping the Past is a partnership between Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb) that addresses pressing issues around what, whom, and how to remember in public spaces.

The project facilitates a transnational exchange program bringing artists and activists together in dialogue to highlight ongoing critical memory interventions in sites and spaces in North America and Germany. Shaping the Past supports civic practitioners, artists, and activists who critically reimagine monuments and emerges from the ongoing Monument Lab Fellows program (including Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant Annie Simpson). These collaborations and conversations offer innovative models for how we might memorialize the past, create dialogue, and strengthen democracy through public spaces across the globe.

Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory.



Millennium is a multimedia rock orchestra made up of UGA students and alumni, founded by composer/songwriter and Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant, Kelly Catlin. The orchestra is a research body dedicated to combining traditional orchestral music and popular music to create impactful, culturally relevant, and fiscally sustainable orchestral music. They develop new practices for producing and marketing original, modern orchestral music. Through interdisciplinary collaborations with animation, graphic design, and film students, Millennium members explore the effect of visual arts stimuli on live concert audiences and learn how to produce content to engage online audiences.




Reading Room: Careers in the Arts

Reading Room:Careers in the Arts: Who Stays and Who Leaves?
SNAAP Special Report for Spring 2020

By Alexandre Frenette and Timothy J. Dowd

Our research reveals a new class of arts school graduates: “the generalists.” SNAAP survey data have long confirmed the intuition that double majors combining a major in the arts with one outside the arts are less likely to stay in the arts as a career, compared to respondents with only a single arts major. However, much less intuitively, compared to arts-based workers who are more prone to specialization, graduates who expand the number of artistic occupations in which they have worked (what we call “generalists”) are much more likely to stay in the arts.

Source: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP)