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Call for Participation: Exploring Research as Craft

Cydney Seigerman, a PhD student in Anthropology and Integrative Conservation, and Alden DiCamillo, an MFA student in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, welcome your participation in a cross-disciplinary, three-part workshop they are organizing this spring:

“Exploring Research as Craft: A Workshop Series to Promote Cross-Discipline Communication”

The workshop is supported by an Idea Lab Mini Grant. This year’s theme was “cultivating community.” Our goal is to engage graduate students (masters or PhD) from across the UGA campus, including (but not limited to) Franklin College, the Lamar Dodd School of Art, Warnell, and the Odum School of Ecology.

Click to download call for participation with information on the workshop, including a tentative calendar for the three meetings.

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.

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 Ingoldā€™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 Conference Special Projects

Ideas for Creative Exploration and the Willson Center for Humanities are pleased to announce the recipients of projects grants to support UGA student work featured in the a2ru 2018 National Conference.

Feed the Fish: Engaging the Campus Community in Reducing Plastic Waste in Campus Waterways
Sam Cherof and Lindy Erkes

For more about Feed the Fish visit sustainability.uga.edu/feedthefish/

Press: Feed the Fish embodies a movement toward collaboration with sustainability and the art

Imagination Squared: Pathways to ResilienceĀ 
Christina Foard

For more about Imagination Squared visit imaginationsquared.org

Press: Imagination Squared: A community conversation about resilience

Amazonian Arts: The Aesthetics of Traditional Ecological Knowledge
Louisiana Lightsey

Utilizing film as an art-as-research method, this short digital mosaic incorporates visual anthropology, multispecies representation, and sensory ethnography in order to train attention on the biotic and abiotic minutiae of dwelling in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Based on preliminary fieldwork, the camera travels alongside Kichwa, Achuar, and Waorani indigenous people as they garden, forage, tell stories, sing songs, and navigate forest paths and riverways. But instead of positioning the human as the central agent in human-nature relationality, the focus is on the colors, textures, movements, shapes, and sounds which animate a pluriverse of interconnected lifeworlds and configure an aesthetic of cultural and ecological resilience.

Perfect Pantry

Perfect Pantry (it all starts with a seed)
Tuesday, June 5 from 6 – 9 PM
The Bakery
825 Warner St. SW, Atlanta

www.facebook.com/events/232937194109210/

Perfect Pantry (it all starts with a seed) is a group exhibition consisting of collages, journals, interactive work, and spoken word by those who face food insecurity in metro Atlanta.

The exhibition Perfect Pantry (it all starts with a seed) is an emotional and interactive look into the lives of those experiencing food insecurity in metro Atlanta. In partnership with the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication at the University of Georgia in Athens, the Atlanta Community Food bank and select metro Atlanta food pantries, this project uses small art pieces created by food pantry clients as the platform for food insecure individuals to share their experiences and critiques of food assistance, in the hopes of bringing change to make Atlanta food assistance models more effective.

Organized by Hillary Jourdan with support from the Atlanta Community Food Bank, selected metro Atlanta food pantries, the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education & Communication, and Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts.