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Campus Sustainability Grant Awards

Congratulations to Ciyadh Wells, recipient of a Campus Sustainability Grant from the UGA Office of Sustainability. Ciyadh is a second-year Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant and doctoral student in music. The Trash Music project will explore the possibilities of material reuse through instrument building and performance.

Additional congratulations to grant winners Christina Foard for Imagination Squared, a participatory art project about resilience that was supported by an Ideas for Creative Exploration a2ru conference grant, and Alexandra Hofner for Speaking with nature at Lake M. Allyn Herrick: an ecological narrative through eco-art, an arts-integrative approach environmental stewardship.

Drawn from the Student Green Fee, Campus Sustainability Grants provide up to $5,000 to current UGA students who wish to initiate projects to advance sustainability through education, research, service, and campus operations. For more about the UGA Office of Sustainability visit: sustainability.uga.edu

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: Cydney 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.

Idea Lab Mini Grants

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Monday, November 5 at 5 PM

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. Special consideration will be given to projects that address the theme “Cultivating Community.”

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:
idealab@ideasforcreativeexploration.com

Please include the following information:

– Title and brief description of proposed project (500 word maximum)
– List of project participants (include titles and affiliations)
– Name of lead applicant (include major and year of study)
– Impact of project
– Timeline of project
– Itemized budget

Selection Criteria:

– Creative merit
– Extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity
– Feasibility

Lead applicant must be UGA student. Collaborative teams may include students, faculty, staff, and members of the community. Deadline for grant proposals is Monday, November 5 at 5 PM.

Information Sessions
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Friday, October 5 at 10 AM
Friday, October 12 at 10 AM
Tuesday, October 16 at 12:30 PM
Wednesday, October 24 at 12:30 PM
Tuesday, October 30 at 10 AM

The Idea Lab Mini Grant Program is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

a2ru National Conference

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.

The 2018 theme, Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability, is an invitation to explore the relationship between creativity and diverse cultural locations, by framing discussions about design, resilience, and sustainability in context of interdisciplinary artistic and environmental practice. The theme offers an opportunity to think broadly about the ecology of the arts and their environments, in terms of performance, design, and engineering. A land and sea grant institution inextricable from the town of Athens and the broader ecologies of Georgia and the Southeast, the University of Georgia will provide a rich context for thinking creatively about Arts Environments globally.

Call for a2ru Conference Volunteers

Students who are interested in volunteering during the conference should contact Mark Callahan, mark.callahan@uga.edu. All student volunteers who satisfy volunteer requirements will have free access to conference events.

Welcome Fall 2018

Welcome to a new semester at UGA! If you are new to Ideas for Creative Exploration, please take a few moments to explore the site and learn about some of the current and past projects and events. You may also be interested in joining the ICE listserv, a weekly email announcement with local events and opportunities in the arts.

Please also welcome our new recipients of Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Alex McClay (Art), Kelly Catlin (Music), and Philip Brankin (Theatre and Film Studies). These three exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

FY18 Annual Report

Read the full report here (224k download):

FY18 Annual Report