2018-2019 Idea Lab Mini Grant Awards

Ideas for Creative Exploration is pleased to announce two new Idea Lab Mini Grant recipients. The projects were selected based on creative merit, extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity, and feasibility. They address the 2018-2019 theme of “cultivating community” by fostering new narratives around coastal environments and promoting cross-disciplinary communication through creative practice. Mini Grant awards provide production support from ICE Graduate Research Assistants and project funding.

Social Justice, Sustainable Futures: Retelling the History and Experiences of African-Americans in the Coastal Southeast

Lead applicants: Jeffrey Beauvais (doctoral student, Integrative Conservation (ICON)/Ecology) and Kathryn Koopman (graduate student, Music)

While academic studies may help to highlight social ills, many community activists have posited that the critique-focused approach of academic research creates overly negatives narratives that do not offer possible paths for more equitable futures. Through musical collaboration, we will: 1) provide more accurate representations of coastal African-American life and history, 2) give back to partnering communities by performing for them and completing community service during workshops on the coast, and 3) reach wider general audiences and connect them to these stories.

Exploring Research as Craft: A Workshop Series to Promote Cross-Discipline Communication by Examining Processes of Creating to Approach Questions

Lead applicants: Sydney Siegerman (doctoral student, Anthropology) and Alden DiCamillo (graduate student, Art)

The purpose of this collaboration is to promote cross-disciplinary communication by conceptualizing research and practice as craft. We use Ingold’s (2013) definition of craft as the gathering and transformation of material according to cultural and scientific presence. By considering research as craft, our goal is to uncover commonalities that exist among students from diverse disciplines in how they engage with questions about the world. Graduate students across the UGA campus will participate in a three-part project to communicate their research as craft. The project will culminate with a gallery show open to the greater Athens community.

Design + Mathematics: Math Outreach Design Lab

November 2, 2018
UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
link to original article

Design + Mathematics: Math Outreach Design Lab
By Alan Flurry

An image from a model created in an active learning course co-taught by mathematics professor David Gay and associate professor of graphic design Moon Jung Jang appeared as the cover of the October 23 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The model in the illustration was created by 3 math majors and one graphic design major, working collaboratively in the course “Math Outreach Design Lab.” The story of how the course came about provides a great example of the collegial atmosphere between art and STEM faculty on campus, especially as UGA hosts the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities national conference for the first time.

Gay explained that the collaboration goes back two years to when he was invited to be the “mathematician in residence” by Ideas for Creative Exploration director Mark Callahan, who encouraged Gay and Jang to meet and talk at ICE.

a2ru Conference Public Events

a2ru National Conference
November 1-3
University of Georgia

www.a2ru.org/events/2018-national-conference/

UGA will host the 2018 National Conference for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) on the theme of “Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability.” The conference will be held in partnership with the UGA Arts Council and in conjunction with the November Spotlight on the Arts festival.

Free public sessions:

a2ru Plenary Session
Thursday, November 1 at Noon
UGA Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

“The Art of Resilience: What’s at Stake for Integrating the Arts and Sciences to Achieve Sustainability and Resilience in the Anthropocene”

Participants in this free, public plenary session of the a2ru National Conference are Cassandra Fraser, professor of chemistry at the University of Virginia; Paul Shrivastava, chief sustainability officer at Penn State University; and Sha Xin Wei, professor and director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at Arizona State University.

a2ru Plenary Session
Friday, November 2 at 9 AM
UGA Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

Rebecca Rutstein and Samantha Joye: “Expeditions, Experiments, and the Ocean: Arts and Sciences at Sea”

Rebecca Rutstein is an artist whose work spans painting, sculpture, installation, and public art and explores abstraction inspired by science, data and maps. Samantha Joye’s research examines the complex feedbacks that drive elemental cycling in coastal and open ocean environments, and the effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on critical environmental processes to gain a better understanding of how future changes will affect ecosystem functioning. Her work in deep sea extreme environments explores how microbial processes interact with geological and physical processes.

a2ru Plenary Session
Saturday, November 3 at 4 PM
UGA Center for Continuing Education, Mahler Hall

“Promoting the Arts to Full Partner: A Discussion About Deep Arts Integration on Campus from Various Leadership Perspectives”

Participants in this free, public plenary session of the a2ru National Conference are Peter Linett, chairman and chief idea officer of Slover Linett Audience Research; and Harry J. Elam, Jr., the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, senior vice provost for education, vice president for the arts, and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University.

Closing event: Human and the Machine
Saturday, November 3 at 8 PM
Georgia Theatre

Free with RSVP
humanandthemachine.moogfest.com

The 2018 a2ru conference closing event is presented by Moogfest in partnership with the UGA Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Lecture: Elizabeth Corr

Elizabeth Corr
Wednesday, October 31 at 3:30 PM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

The Case for Collaboration: How NRDC Works with Artists to Bolster Environmental Advocacy

Elizabeth Corr works with artists, architects, and designers to heighten public awareness of and interest in the environmental issues that face today’s communities. She is the Director of Art Partnerships at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), an international environmental nonprofit organization with over three million members. Corr launched the NRDC’s Artist-in-Residence program, an innovative platform for thoughtful and sustained collaboration between artists and environmental leaders. As a curator she has worked with artists such as Jenny Kendler, Sipho Mabona, Antonin Fourneau, and the Luftwerk collective. Corr holds a master’s degree in African Studies and a bachelor’s degree in psychology and gender/women’s studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She was recently nominated for the Pritzker Emerging Environmental Genius Award, recognizing scientists, entrepreneurs, engineers, activists, or artists who stand poised to make a game-changing difference.

Supported by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts.

Image: Jenny Kendler, Birds Watching, 2018

Arts + Environment Project Ideas Session

Arts + Environment Project Ideas Session
Monday, October 8 at 2 PM
Lamar Dodd Room N100

An open session to learn about arts + environment project funding opportunities at UGA. Representatives from the Office of Sustainability, Social Ecology Studio, and Ideas for Creative Exploration will be available to answer questions about Campus Sustainability Grants, Social Ecology Studio Grants, and Idea Lab Mini Grants. Get feedback on project ideas, meet potential collaborators, proposal writing advice, and learn more about available resources.

sustainability.uga.edu/get-involved/sustainability-grants/

art.uga.edu/research/social-ecology-studio

ideasforcreativeexploration.com/grants/

ART+SCIENCE: a conversation with Dan Jay

ART+SCIENCE: a conversation with Dan Jay
Wednesday, September 26 at Noon
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Dan Jay is a professor and dean of the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University in Boston, MA. For 30 years he has led parallel careers in science and art and acted as a conduit between the two fields.

“As a society we have segregated art and science such that fields have become overly specialized and do not speak to the vast majority of society. This was not always so and I seek to catalyze a reunification of knowledge or at least an appreciation that disciplines can inform each other in novel ways.”

For more visit www.danjayart.com.

Sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration and the Graduate School.