Idea Lab Mini Grants


Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Monday, January 11, 2016

Idea Lab is a UGA student organization committed to providing an open, interdisciplinary platform for engagement in arts. UGA students from all disciplines are invited to apply for funding up to $500 to support new creative and collaborative projects. Selected projects will be assigned a mentor, receive regular feedback from Idea Lab members, and be featured during the ICE Conversation Series.

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:

Please include the following information:

– Title and brief description of proposed project (500 word maximum)

– List of project participants (include majors and year of study)

– Name of Lead Applicant (include majors and year of study)

– Project outcomes

– Itemized budget

Selection Criteria:

– Creative merit

– Extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity

– Feasibility

All UGA students are eligible to apply. Lead Applicant must be a current UGA student. Deadline for grant proposals is Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5 PM.

The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE), an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. ICE is supported in part by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, and the Graduate School.

ICE-Vision: Walkabout

11 Dec. 3 - Walkabout (Roeg, 1971) Australia

ICE-Vision: Walkabout (Roeg, Australia, 1971)
Thursday, December 3 at 6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S150

Seen your share of European and American cinema? Want to check out films from the other 85% of the world’s population? Join philosophy major Thomas Finan as he explores movies produced outside of the Western canon.

ICE Conversation: Kyle Morrison


ICE Conversation: Kyle Morrison
Thursday, November 19 at 4PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S160

What is happening in the world of Virtual Reality? Virtual Reality is a medium being tackled by many different industries, in gaming and beyond. Join Kyle Morrison, MFA in Dramatic Media and ICE graduate research assistant, to talk about the current state and future of Virtual Reality technology.

ICE-Vision 10th Anniversary Edition: 200 Motels


ICE-Vision 10th Anniversary Edition*: 200 Motels (Palmer and Zappa, 1971)
Thursday, November 19 at 6 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150

200 Motels is a 1971 movie featuring Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention, produced at Pinewood Studios, England. The story, interspersed with performances by the Mothers and the Royal Symphony Orchestra, is a tale of life on the road. Actors included Ringo Starr, Theodore Bikel and Keith Moon. A double album of the soundtrack was released in same year. Directed and written by Tony Palmer and Zappa.

*ICE-Vision 2007 selection by Javier Morales

Idea Lab Mini Grant Awards Fall 2015

Idea Lab is pleased to announce two new Mini Grant recipients. The projects were selected based on creative merit, collaborative and interdisciplinary reach, and feasibility. Each project team will be assigned a mentor from ICE, will receive regular feedback from Idea Lab members, and will make a presentation as part of the ICE Conversation Series. The Idea Lab Mini Grants are sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).


The collaborators of Connect will develop a sound art composition integrated with the everyday use of smartphone technology. Phase One of the project involves the implementation of an early version of an app at a live concert to assist the performers in adapting to the new demands of integrating the technology into their work. Phase Two aims at an experimental audience-technology-performer integrated premier performance at the Dancz Center for New Music. Phase Three aims at a larger concert work including a wind ensemble and interactive technology.


Cody Brookshire, DMA student, Music Composition
Richard Saney, undergraduate, Computer Science
Jake Reeves, undergraduate, Genetics
Tyler Ehrlich, MM student, Music Conducting

Hyphenated American

Hyphenated American is a two-part art production utilizing musicians, film-makers, visual artists, and writers to construct a story about the experiences of a first-generation Hispanic-American. The project aims to convey the story of students and local community members who find themselves belonging to both Hispanic and American cultures and to turn an innovative collaborative lens to their struggles with identity and with a unique set of societal pressures. The first part of the project will be an interactive web site that will allow Hispanics who would like to share their experiences but are not part of the performative aspect of the project to do so. The second part is a performance event to be held in downtown Athens in 2016. The performance will be a collaborative event including spoken word, visual art, and original music composition.


Monique Osorio, undergraduate, Music Composition and Theory, Psychology
Anita Guevara, undergraduate, Social Work
Sestina Real, undergraduate, Women’s Studies and African American Studies
Orlando Burgos Pimental, undergraduate, Advertising

Kit Hughes in Inc.


November 4, 2015
link to full article

link to Kit’s ICE project

How This Entrepreneur’s Fast-Growing Business Started as an Art Project

During art school, I worked on a project where I bought every product advertised in 24 hours of network television. I learned volumes: among other things, most advertising and marketing is simply a bunch of levers and knobs that are pulled and turned to make emotional connections. I wanted to show the power in manipulating those emotional connections. It was kind of like playing with people in a gallery, trying to come up with ways to get them to engage with each other and make them happy. That was the spark for Look-Listen.