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Another Kid’s Treasure Island


Another Kid’s Treasure Island
Saturday, April 23 at 10 AM and 2 PM
State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Children’s Garden Theater in the Woods
Tickets; $5, free for kids 12 and under
Makerspace fun after the show!

Liza, Jack, and Avery Hinkley were lost on an abandoned island after a boating afternoon gone awry. Throughout their time on the island, the band used natural and found resources to build a life away from home. Join Mayor McMillian and the town of Franklin in hearing their story and awarding the siblings for their bravery, innovation, and work to change the community! After the performance, participants can create their own inventions with the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe at different makerspace stations that will be filled with recyclable materials. Directed by Kelsey Brown and written by Ali Olhausen.

Supported by a Sustainability + Arts Grant sponsored by the UGA Office of Sustainability and Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).


UGA student finds “Treasure” with sustainability grant


March 13, 2016
Athens Banner-Herald
link to original article

UGA student finds “Treasure” with sustainability grant
By Kristen Morales

A shipwreck on an island could have been a disaster, but it worked out pretty well for University of Georgia College of Education junior Kelsey Brown.

That’s because the island is the backdrop for an original play by Brown, a communication sciences and disorders and theater major. The idea won her this year’s Sustainability + Arts award from the University of Georgia Office of Sustainability, and the $2,000 grant will allow her and other members of the UGA Children’s Theatre Troupe to produce “Another Kid’s Treasure Island.”

The play is distinct in that it combines the arts with science and engineering concepts, and its ticketed performances this spring will also feature an innovative extra: make-space stations where the audience can create new things from recycled items. The story follows the adventures of three siblings who set out on their boat but get shipwrecked on an island. While there, they meet up with another marooned child and begin inventing things to help with their rescue.

“One of the big things we wanted to do with this project was not only reach out to students, but also bring the sustainability aspect to other theater majors,” Brown said. “Many student-produced shows have very little funding, if any at all, so we can really benefit from thinking outside the box, repurposing and sharing items.”

The Children’s Theatre Troupe is one of Brown’s passions, and she said they have made an effort in recent years to push the boundaries of their shows. For example, a performance last fall for elementary students through the Experience UGA program used projections and digital graphics to help tell the story. With “Treasure Island,” Brown said they plan to take the show on the road for several performances, so the set needs to be portable. And because the students are used to being budget-conscious, using upcycled materials fits with the sustainability aesthetic.

In fact, the bulk of the sustainability grant will instead be used to set up the maker-spaces for the on-campus performances and provide take-home bags for families so they can tinker with their own set of curated recycled materials, such as lights, tape and “tinker cards” to play with at home, Brown said. “Plus books to read and ways you can be more sustainable at home,” she added. “So, we’re trying as much as possible to make it something worthwhile for families to come. We don’t want to just do it for our sake.”

A nugget of inspiration for the show came from a class Brown took with College of Education instructor Gretchen Thomas, who teaches a maker-space class open to all majors. This semester’s class is collaborating with Brown on the play to collect reusable materials and develop the makerspace stations for them.

Although, Thomas contends, Brown likely would have come up with the concept on her own; it was simply the class that helped her connect the idea to the term, “makerspace.” “Kelsey’s really good at seeing the ordinary and figuring out how to make it very different, which is really what making is all about,” Thomas said. “I never would have connected makerspaces and sustainability. And it’s a great way to get families to come out and tinker.”

“Another Kid’s Treasure Island” will be performed April 23 to 25 at the UGA Fine Arts Building, and special outdoor performances at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. April 23 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia. Tickets are $5 (cash only) for all performances; children younger than 12 are free. The troupe also plans a show at Scottish Rite Hospital in Atlanta and a few other locations around Athens.

Brown said the combination of theater and technology might seem strange, but it’s actually a perfect combination — and one that will please a larger audience. “So many of the concepts in theater are important in engineering, experimenting and even coding. That’s kind of what the original intent behind this collaboration was,” she said. “I’m sure there’s no sustainability or entrepreneurial guru saying, ‘No, we don’t want children to learn this.’ Teachers, engineers and professionals alike are always looking for an outlet to teach STEM skills to the next generation, and theater is the perfect medium.

“It doesn’t happen too often presently because we, as theater students and professionals, are just not experienced in those areas,” she added. “But I see a lot of pairing up in the future, especially in the science field, because theater is a great way to not only grab young people’s attention, but also educate.”

Werner Fritsch events


Werner Fritsch is the author of numerous award-winning theatre and radio plays, a highly acclaimed novel, and the writer/director of three experimental films. His cutting edge work, moving between different media, has received widespread acclaim in Germany and he has been awarded numerous prestigious scholarships and prizes, including Best German Audio Book for Enigma Emmy Göring (2009). The German national magazine Der Spiegel called him “Germany’s boldest poet.”

in image of multimedia installation
Tuesday, February 9 through Friday, February 12
Shown hourly from 10 AM – 4 PM
Fine Arts Building Room 255A

A collective interpretation of Nico — Sphinx of Ice, a play by visiting artist Werner Fritsch, presented as a multimedia installation by UGA students Elizabeth Rogers, Kyle Morrison, Stewart Engart, Hannah Foster, Anna Pieri, and Marlon Burnley.

Werner Fritsch reads from Nico — Sphinx of Ice
Thursday, February 11 at 5 PM
Fine Arts Building Balcony Theatre

Screening of Faust Song of the Sun
Friday, February 12 at 4 PM with reception at 7 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Room S150

Werner Fritsch will introduce the screening of his cinematic poem Faust Song of the Sun. The film reflects on a central moment in Johann Wolfgang Goethe’s seminal play Faust (1808/32), offering a stream of images and text probing Faust’s notion of contentment in a beautiful moment. Attempting to counter the pervasive notion of globalization as taking over the world, Fritsch’s film explores the diversity of foreign cultures and different natures, highlighting “a certain human vision” of “watching the world with open eyes.” Faust Song of the Sun is a cultural adventure addressing fundamental questions about human relations, faith, the nature of beauty and the mythical foundations of reality.

Sponsored by the Department of German and Slavic Studies, A.G. Steer Professorship, Slingshot Festival, and Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).

A4P Preservationist


The Air Purifying Plants Proliferation Project (A4P), recipient of a Sustainability + Arts Grant from ICE and the Office of Sustainability presents Preservationist, an exhibition and roundtable discussion investigating the rapid advancement of green practices in the contemporary art studio. The group will collaborate with Alberta, Canada-based printmaker, Sean Caulfield and Minnesota-based sculptor David Hamlow to present an interactive exhibition or “trade show” that focuses on sustainability as a catalyst for dialogue about studio ecology and the environmental ethics of art-making. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of round table discussions, project presentation, and specific technical demonstrations throughout the run of the show.

Friday, January 29 to Thursday, February 25
Lamar Dodd School of Art Suite Gallery

Round Table Discussion Followed by a Southern Brewing Company Beer Tasting
Wednesday, February 17 from 3 – 5 PM
Lamar Dodd School of Art Suite Gallery

2015-2016 Sustainability + Arts Grants


ICE and the Office of Sustainability are pleased to announce the recipient of a Sustainability + Arts Grants in conjunction with the 2015-2016 UGA Campus Sustainability Grants program. The selected project addresses priorities outlined in UGA’s 2020 Strategic Plan to actively conserve resources, educate the campus community, influence positive action for people and the environment, and provide useful research data to inform future campus sustainability efforts. The project was chosen based on merit, positive impact, implementation feasibility, interdisciplinary and creative potential, and available funding.

The Office of Sustainability coordinates, communicates, and advances sustainability initiatives at UGA in the areas of teaching, research, service and outreach, student engagement, and campus operations. For more information visit:

Making and the Theatre: A Theatre for young audiences event encouraging sustainability, creativity, and innovation

The Children’s Theatre Troupe student organization will create a model of performance and hands-on creative activities to inspire and empower future generations of stewards and problem solvers.

The Children’s Theatre Troupe seeks to write and produce an original Theatre for Young Audiences play that fosters sustainability, creativity, and innovation. This two-fold event will include a student performance followed by a makerspace for the family audience. The makerspace will be an open time for children and parents alike to build and invent with found materials to solve problems similar to the characters in the play. In working closely with students and faculty in the Learning Design and Technology program, the post-show makerspace will involve the audience in hands-on challenges. In addition, audience members will own a piece of the event in the form of take-home packets. These packets will define the Georgia and National education standards met in their evening, introduce books, and include at-home challenges. Continuing with the sustainability theme, we plan to use many found and recycled objects in our costuming, sets, and properties.

Principal Student Investigator: Kelsey Brown, College of Education Communication Sciences and Disorders/ Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Theatre/ Learning Design and Technology Certificate Program/ May 2017

Idea Lab Mini Grant Awards 2015-2016

Idea Lab is pleased to announce two new Mini Grant recipients. The projects were selected based on creative merit, collaborative and interdisciplinary reach, and feasibility. Each project team will be assigned a mentor from ICE, will receive regular feedback from Idea Lab members, and will make a presentation as part of the ICE Conversation Series. The Idea Lab Mini Grants are sponsored by Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).


The collaborators of Connect will develop a sound art composition integrated with the everyday use of smartphone technology. Phase One of the project involves the implementation of an early version of an app at a live concert to assist the performers in adapting to the new demands of integrating the technology into their work. Phase Two aims at an experimental audience-technology-performer integrated premier performance at the Dancz Center for New Music. Phase Three aims at a larger concert work including a wind ensemble and interactive technology.


Cody Brookshire, DMA student, Music Composition
Richard Saney, undergraduate, Computer Science
Jake Reeves, undergraduate, Genetics
Tyler Ehrlich, MM student, Music Conducting

Hyphenated American

Hyphenated American is a two-part art production utilizing musicians, film-makers, visual artists, and writers to construct a story about the experiences of a first-generation Hispanic-American. The project aims to convey the story of students and local community members who find themselves belonging to both Hispanic and American cultures and to turn an innovative collaborative lens to their struggles with identity and with a unique set of societal pressures. The first part of the project will be an interactive web site that will allow Hispanics who would like to share their experiences but are not part of the performative aspect of the project to do so. The second part is a performance event to be held in downtown Athens in 2016. The performance will be a collaborative event including spoken word, visual art, and original music composition.


Monique Osorio, undergraduate, Music Composition and Theory, Psychology
Anita Guevara, undergraduate, Social Work
Sestina Real, undergraduate, Women’s Studies and African American Studies
Orlando Burgos Pimental, undergraduate, Advertising

Picturing Home

Picturing Home will bring awareness to the many families in the Athens area affected by the deportation of a family member or loved one. Using the concept of photovoice, twenty families from the Hispanic community will use disposable cameras to document moments that they wish to share about their experiences with deportation. The project will culminate in a curated exhibition of photographs as well as testimonials that will allow the Athens community to engage in dialogue about an issue that deeply impacts many local families.


Ashley Meadow, PhD student, Sociology
Mary Adams, PhD student, Sociology
Erin Mazzei, graduate student, Photography
Pablo Lapegna, Professor of Sociology and Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Patricia Richards, Professor of Sociology and Women’s Studies
Alejandra Calva, PORTAL Manager, Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute