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Call for Proposals: Idea Lab Mini Grants

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 25, 2019

Information sessions:

Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 PM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Wednesday, September 25 at 10 AM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Thursday, October 3 at 3 PM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Tuesday, October 8 at 11 AM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 AM, MLC Reading Room

shape: re-examining our spaces, structures, and systems

Idea Lab, a UGA student organization dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary creative collaboration, is offering funding of up to $500 for UGA students, faculty, and staff with ideas for interdisciplinary projects within the community, with extra consideration for those which enage with the idea of “shape.” Project groups must include at least one UGA student and may include members from outside the UGA community.

Recipients of Idea Lab mini grants will receive mentorship and regular feedback from Idea Lab members and Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistants.

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:
idealab@uga.edu

Proposal requirements:

– Title and brief description of proposed project
– List of participants (include titles and affiliations)
– Impact of project
– Itemized budget
– Proposed timeline of project
– No more than 500 words

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

Welcome Fall 2019

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 weekly newsletter with local events and opportunities in the arts.

Please also welcome our new recipients of Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Elizabeth Boyce (Music), Brandon LaReau (Theatre and Film Studies), and Annie Simpson (Art). These three exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

FY19 Annual Report

Read the full report here (229k download):

FY19 Annual Report

Call for Proposals: 2019 a2ru National Conference


Call for Proposals: 2019 a2ru National Conference
Deadline: April 5

www.a2ru.org/events/2019-national-conference/

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) invites proposals for the 2019 a2ru national conference, knowledges: artistic practice as method to take place at the University of Kansas, in Lawrence, Kansas, November 7-9, 2019. The 2019 theme is an invitation to explore modes of knowing, especially as arrived through the discovery of artistic practice. This theme is anchored in, but not limited to, the following questions:

– How do artistic practices map onto other methods of knowledge production?

– If contemporary artists are trained from the outset to be critical of their medium(s), how might this critical reflection inform more discrete disciplines, which often treat academic form as neutral vessels for the delivery of content?

– What can researchers across the arts, sciences, and humanities learn from one another’s practices and approaches?

The University of Kansas, host of this year’s a2ru conference, aims to infuse the arts into its research culture by advancing interdisciplinary projects across the sciences and humanities. This is accomplished through existing structures, such as the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation at the Spencer Museum of Art, The Commons, and the Research Excellence Initiative through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The exhibition and dialogue among artists and scholars developed through the IARI colloquium (November 6, 2019) will launch the 2019 a2ru national conference.

a2ru invites proposals for presentations from researchers, artists, field leaders, and other practitioners about arts-integrative research, practice, and curricula that explore the potential of artistic and other practice-led methods for inquiry across disciplines. In an effort to unpack different ways of knowing, proposed sessions will follow a structure that mimics the process of knowledge generation. Proposal formats will include 1) inquiries, 2) lightning talks, and 3) presentations. a2ru encourages proposals that represent diverse backgrounds, pursuits, affiliations, locations, ages, and institutions. This active format invites participants into the collective co-creation of knowledge.

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.