Lecture: Silas Munro

Lecture: Silas Munro
Wednesday, November 11 at 3 PM

Webinar: zoom.us/j/96553248097

W.E.B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America

Silas Munro is a partner of poly-mode, a bi-coastal design studio, an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and Advisor, Founding Faculty, and Chair Emeritus at Vermont College of Fine Arts. In the past year he emerged as one of the most exciting practitioners of community-engaged design and as an influential scholar known for his contributions to W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits: Visualizing Black America published by Princeton Architectural Press in late 2018. The project has been featured in articles in Smithsonian Magazine, The New Yorker, and Black Perspectives (African American Intellectual History Society).

Munro’s scholarly research addresses the relationship between designers’ personal identities, formal systems and strategies they utilize, and how both interact with the communities they serve. In workshops and lectures he addresses post-colonial relationships between design and marginalized communities and offers practical ways for educators and practitioners to decolonize the way design is taught (“Major/Minor History”) and to create inclusive new frameworks (“Nodal Historical Network”). His design work and writing has been published in books, exhibitions, and websites in Germany, Japan, Korea, the US, and the UK including Chronicle Books, IDEA magazine, Eye, and Slanted magazine.

He earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. He has been a critic and lecturer at leading programs including Yale School of Art, Maryland Institute College of Art, NC State, RISD, and CalArts. His design studio, poly-mode, works with cultural institutions and community based organizations including MoMA, The Phillips Collection, Mark Bradford at the Venice Biennale, The Center for Urban Pedagogy, Walker Art Center, Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, ICA at Virginia Commonwealth University, The New Museum, Wynwood Arts District Miami, and the U.S. Department of States Bureau of Cultural Affairs.

Remote presentation and conversation hosted by Ideas for Creative Exploration with the support of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

More information on the 2020 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at arts.uga.edu as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (facebook.com/UGAarts), Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (instagram.com/uga_arts).

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: bit.ly/gradwrkshp

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.

Questions? Contact mark.callahan@uga.edu


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: “Guidance for Rewarding and Recognizing Community Engaged Scholarship in the Arts”

Reading Room: “Guidance for Rewarding and Recognizing Community Engaged Scholarship in the Arts”

Big Ten Arts Administrators Report
Source: www.a2ru.org/new-report-on-guidance-for-rewarding-recognizing-community-engaged-scholarship-in-the-arts/

Our goal is to share this document widely to assist humanities, arts, and design faculty members and administrators—deans, department chairs, faculty councils—at many institutions around the country. It will give courage to those wishing to create a culture within an institution (especially at the department and college level) that values a wider range of scholarship than many current promotion and tenure guidelines allow. It offers tangible recommendations that a department, school, or college can implement for organizational change that might not be possible at the institutional level, which is even more complex.

4’33” Research in the Arts Competition

4’33” Research in the Arts Competition 2020
Deadline: Wednesday, November 4


The 4’33’’ Research in the Arts Competition 2020 invites all UGA student scholars and artists to share their research and compete for cash prizes in this exciting, virtual event. The competition will highlight scholarly research about any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art. To participate in the contest students will submit a filmed, oral presentation on their research no longer than 4 minutes and 33 seconds in length. Technical assistance is available upon request. The 4’33″ Competition will be held on Wednesday, November 20.

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Community with Madeline Bates
Wednesday, October 14 at 2 PM


How can organizations, businesses, and artists work together to support vibrant communities? Join Madeline Bates, Creature Comforts Brewing Company Community Specialist and Program Lead of “Get Artistic,” an initiative to help creative communities thrive. Free and open to the public via Zoom.



Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Funding

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Funding
Friday, November 13 at 3 PM


How has Congress considered the arts in its trillion dollars of coronavirus relief funding? Join Brandon LaReau, PhD student, artist, and activist for an informal overview of the ways the federal government has attempted to provide relief funding to artists and venues forced out of work due to the global pandemic.

More information on the 2020 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at arts.uga.edu as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (facebook.com/UGAarts), Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (instagram.com/uga_arts).

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Sustainability

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Sustainability
Friday, October 9 at 3 PM


How do creative communities develop more sustainable approaches to materials? Join Abigail West, artist, activist, and recent Creature Comforts artist-in-residence for an informal conversation about reclamation and creative reuse in businesses, makerspaces, and artist studios. Free and open to the public via Zoom.



Reading Room: Creative Workforce Proposal

Reading Room: To Rebuild and Reimagine the United States Post-Pandemic, We Must Put Creative Workers to Work

By Americans for the Arts

To thrive post-pandemic, the United States must leverage our creative power, putting creative workers to work rebuilding, reimagining, unifying, and healing communities in every state and territory, as well as within tribal lands. Below, we propose 15 specific actions that the next Administration can take to activate the creative economy within a comprehensive national recovery strategy.