Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Food

Idea Lab Conversation: Arts + Food
Wednesday, February 10 at 1 PM

How do the arts intersect with local and and global issues of food production, access, and waste? Join Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant Elizabeth Boyce to see examples of projects and to learn more about the UGA Foodshed initiative.

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 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.

Questions? Contact


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: New Year Edition

“I Desegregated the University of Georgia. History Is Still in the Making.”

“Building Community Wealth Through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: An Invitation to Action”

“2021 Creative Capital Awards”

“Arts and Research Partnerships in Practice”

a2ru Ground Works Journal CFP

Announcing a call for submissions to “Vibrant Ecologies of Research,” a special edition of Ground Works, a2ru’s online journal for outstanding interdisciplinary research. The issue will be edited by Dr. Aaron Knochel from Penn State. Submit by 2/26/21! More info here:

Reading Room: ArtPlace America 10 Years

ArtPlace America 10 Years

Operating from 2010 to 2020, ArtPlace’s mission was to position arts and culture as a core sector of community planning and development and to strengthen the field of creative placemaking. ArtPlace worked to enlist artists as allies in cultivating equitable, healthy, and sustainable communities across the United States. ArtPlace worked toward this goal by supporting demonstration projects through the National Creative Placemaking Fund; organizational change through the Community Development Investments program; cross-sector research and resource strategies to embed practice across the field of community development; knowledge and network strategies within the fields of arts and culture, local government, and higher education; and storytelling and convening work.

Lecture: Silas Munro

Lecture: Silas Munro
Wednesday, November 11 at 3 PM


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

Silas Munro is a partner of Polymode design studio, an Associate Professor of Communication Arts at the Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, 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. 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.


Video recording

Black Design in America: African Americans and the African Diaspora in Graphic Design

Elephant magazine “The Age of Black Fabulosity: The Queer Publications of the Harlem Renaissance”

Eye magazine “‘As, not for’: The critique goes on”

New Yorker magazine “Who Isn’t a Sucker for a Foldout?”

AIGA “Typography as a Radical Act in an Industry Ever-Dominated by White Men”

W. E. B. Du Bois’s Data Portraits book

Ramon Tejada Decolonizing Design Reader

Data 4 Black Lives

More information on the 2020 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (

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.


National Independent Venue Association

United States Congress

More about cultural policy:

Podcast interview with Steven Tepper

More information on the 2020 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (