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2023 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

2023 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

As a member institution of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), UGA may nominate up to four student representatives. Please contact for more information about how to participate.

How can innovative design help us build a more sustainable, equitable future where we all can thrive? How can we best harness new technologies alongside design and future thinking to address our most pressing global concerns?

This year’s Emerging Creatives Student Summit, “The Future: By Design,” will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati at its brand-new Digital Futures Building in Cincinnati’s Innovation District. Digital Futures is a community of experts who partner with government, industry, and the community to deliver reliable and lasting solutions to the real problems impacting people’s lives.

Students will experience Digital Future’s cutting-edge labs and facilities and learn from Digital Futures faculty and staff about their innovative research. They will work in interdisciplinary teams with fellow students from across the a2ru network to create arts-integrative projects responding to the conference theme. Participants will also receive training from a2ru staff on best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration, as well as mentorship and feedback from Digital Futures and a2ru staff on their projects in progress. The three-day summit will conclude with presentations of each team’s project for their peers and mentors.

There is no registration fee for students to attend Emerging Creatives; students and/or their nominating institutions are responsible for travel, lodging and food costs (please note: some meals will be provided).

Students nominated for Emerging Creatives can apply for funding to defray the costs of attending the Summit through one of two programs: the a2ru Student Travel Grants (providing up to $250 in support) or the a2ru Scholar Awards (providing up to $1000 in support). The deadline to apply for funding for the 2023 summit is January 20.

Idea Lab Mini Grants 2022-2023

Idea Lab Mini Grants support new creative interdisciplinary projects with mentorship and funding. Collaborative teams must include participants from multiple disciplines and include at least one student, faculty, or staff member from UGA. Congratulations to our new mini grant recipients!

Towards Analog I/O of Generative Art

Towards Analog I/O of Generative Art will introduce analog elements into the real-time creation of generative artwork through the use of a MIDI a robotic pen-plotter.

Project participants

Sudhan Chitgopkar, Computer Science
Gerasim Iliev, Mathematics

Unwearable Soundscape

Unwearable Soundscape will develop the use of piezoelectric transducers to create a large-scale musical instrument and an immersive form of music creation that can be both improved and composed for by future innovators.

Project participants

Grayson Pynn, Music
Jacob Robertson, Engineering

“Mate”, Materia and Materiales: Math, matter and materials, a bilingual elementary school STEAM project

“Mate”, Materia and Materiales integrates STEM and Art for bilingual elementary school students through fiber arts.

Project participants

Elizabeth Dubberly, Language and Literacy Education
Emma Scott, Art

Expression of the Superorganism

Expression of the Superorganism will explore art created by ants as a post-humanist aesthetic dimension of being, reframing perceptions of the creative spirit in the natural world.

Project participants

Jiayi Guo, Art Education
Horace Zeng, Entomology

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole is an opera composed and produced by a collaborative team of undergraduate and graduate students, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and directed by Abigail Head.

Vibrant Ecologies Reading Club

Join the Vibrant Ecologies of Research reading group to dig into a selection of peer-reviewed projects and invited commentaries that explore the ecologies where arts-based inquiries thrive. This reading group will meet three times over the course of fall 2022 to discuss arts-integrated research. All reading materials can be found at: Ground Works.

Please email Meredith Emery (meredith.emery at uga dot edu), Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant, if you are interested in participating.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) issues a call for submissions to its online peer-reviewed collection of interdisciplinary arts projects, Ground Works.

Friday, September 30 at 11:30 AM
Main Art Building room S160

ASKXXI: Ecologies of Interdisciplinary Research and Practice in Art + Science and Technology

Fresh Press Agri-Fiber Paper Lab

In a Time of Change: A Nested Ecosystem of Environmental Arts, Humanities, and Science Collaboration

Ecologies of Transdisciplinary Research

Friday, October 14 at 11:30 AM
Main Art Building room S160

Just-in-Time Ecology of Interdisciplinarity

Translating Outcomes

Cripping Media Art Ecologies

Becoming Desirably Strange

Friday, November 4 at 11:30 AM
Main Art Building room S160

Editorial: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Concept Map: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Collection: Vibrant Ecologies of Research

Ground Works promotes research-based, interdisciplinary collaborations through rigorously peer-reviewed presentation of arts-inclusive work, and guided reflection on the processes that support them. It aims to support a robust, critical community of practice in support of such work, while sharing best practices for interdisciplinary collaboration to ever wider spheres of practice, within and without the academy.

Welcome Fall 2022

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 be interested in joining the ICE Announcements listserv, a newsletter with local events and opportunities in the arts.

Please also welcome our new recipients of Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Lucas Eytchison (Art) and Nkululeko Zungu (Music). These exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

Legacy Ball and Exhibition

Legacy Ball and Exhibition
Saturday, April 9 at 6 PM
Memorial Hall Ballroom


The Legacy Ball will be a space for minorities to make connections with people who are looking to enter their respective job market. The event will be a resourceful networking opportunity for students of various minority organizations and a space for all minority students to unite. Each registered person will enjoy a buffet-style dinner, receive a T-shirt, and networking experience. Please be prepared to talk to industry professionals, make new contacts, and dress to impress. Artists featured at the ball will include Areum Kim, Temple Douglass, Vy Tran, Tien Tran, Dre Monsalve, Alexia Benavent-Rivera, Daniela Diaz Rios, and Mary-Jo Eden. Project partners include Black Felicity Student Association, Native American Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Caribbean Student Association, and Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Earth Day 2022 Art Challenge

Earth Day 2022 Art Challenge
Deadline: April 14

We are inspired by the impact of Georgia’s pollinators on the sustainability of our food systems. We invite you to submit artworks similarly inspired by themes related to pollination. All members of the UGA or Athens community are welcome to submit up to two original artworks in any medium that can be experienced online. Selected works will be displayed on the UGA Office of Sustainability website, starting on Earth Day April 22, 2022. Awards will be given to three selected artists.