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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

ICE Conversation: Cynthia Johnston Turner


ICE Conversation: Cynthia Johnston Turner
Thursday, September 24 at 4 PM
ICE Office, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Room S160

Google Glass, Music Pedagogy and Performance: what went right and what went wrong? UGA Director of Bands Cynthia Johnston Turner will discuss music technology and projects-in-development for use in conducting large ensembles. She will be joined by Tyler Ehrlich, a graduate conducting major and Idea Lab Mini Grant recipient for the “21st Century Digital Music Stand.”

Idea Lab Mini Grants


Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Deadline: Friday, October 2

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. Selected projects will be assigned a mentor, receive regular feedback from Idea Lab members, and be featured during the ICE Conversation Series.

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:

Please include the following information:

– Title and brief description of proposed project (500 word maximum)

– List of project participants (include majors and year of study)

– Name of Lead Applicant (include majors and year of study)

– Project outcomes

– Itemized budget

Selection Criteria:

– Creative merit

– Extent of collaborative and interdisciplinary activity

– Feasibility

All UGA students are eligible to apply. Lead Applicant must be a current UGA student. Deadline for grant proposals is Friday, October 2 at 5 PM.

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



A fashion, art, music, and lifestyle magazine that examines digital culture as both avant-garde and popular culture. Tom Boy Tom Cat critically explores the liminality of the digital age while also contributing to it. Branded as a “digital culture magazine”, the magazine could come off as a magazine revolving around just about anything since we already live in the “digital age.” But this digital culture refers to little reminders that we already live in the utopian/dystopian future. Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Puppety SLAMateur hour brings the medium back


April 30, 2015
Athens Banner Herald
link to original article

Puppety SLAMateur hour brings the medium back
By Kai Riedl

Despite a technologically engulfed world dead-set on consuming the latest frontiers, around every turn is a resurgence in earlier classics.

Depeche Mode blasts over speakers around town, women’s fashion draws every era before 1990 and handlebar mustaches are back. This collective gesture toward earlier forms isn’t lost on one Athenian group — the puppeteers.

Today the Athens Puppetry Group (yes, there is one of those) hosts the Puppetry SLAMateur hour. This rare event offers a wide variety of short performances (less than 30 minutes each) covering a range of subject matters specifically directed at adult audiences. This is not for the kiddies, as themes harken back to earlier times when puppeteers had few boundaries.

But unlike their historical counterparts, the SLAM also offers the chance to experience new technological twists on the medium, such as digital projections and robotic puppets.

The main fuel behind the SLAM is local artist Emily Silva who took a moment to shed light on how puppetry fits into 2015 and what can be expected at Thursday’s performance.

Volume: I love the idea of this whole endeavor, but why puppets and why now?

Emily Silva: I think it’s a partially generational trend. There’s a lot of nostalgia for puppet television and movies we watched as kids and, for me at least, there’s also a backlash against the ever-slicker CGI and visual effects that movie budgets are now poured into. Add to that the relative scarcity of any kind of live theatre in most people’s day to day, and it makes sense that puppets are getting more attention. They are tactile, often handmade and imperfect, and they’re kind of right in your face. People get confused and a little nervous, and very excited when someone approaches them talking through a bug-eyed creature apparently made of old socks. That kind of interaction has a lot of possibilities not just for entertainment, but for education, and social activism.

V: So, our technologically based world has circled back to puppets. For many, I’m sure this is refreshing and I’m curious if there is a tech element to the performance.

ES: We do have some techno-magic planned for the show, specifically in the form of a interactive digital puppet projection named Demetrio created by Caity Johnson. What falls under the definition of puppetry is constantly changing. It will always include the traditional felt and foam standards, but robotic puppetry and interactive programming are just as entitled to their place in that definition. For kids like me who grew up on a steady diet of Dark Crystal and Jurassic park animatronics, there is no question that puppets, robots and computers can and should live in harmony.

V: The description of the performance eludes to adult themes in the SLAM. What are we looking at here, and what kind of themes are we in store for?

ES: One of the interesting things about working in puppetry is challenging the assumption that it is a entertainment medium intended only for kids. On the contrary, lewd humor, sexuality, horror, etc have always been a part of puppetry and continue to be some of it’s most fascinating subjects. We’ll be featuring some puppet-burlesque fusion, a raunchy witch, a new take of Shelly’s Frankenstein, and some sort of dramatic birthing process. Hence, the parental advisory.

V: When you say SLAM, does this imply that Thursday’s performance includes a competition of sorts?

ES: Not exactly, although in many cities where they have monthly puppetry slams, there will be a prize for the audience’s favorite. Having events that regularly would be a great goal for the group moving forward. In this case, though, we use slam just to specify the format of the show. That is to say that it’s made up of multiple short pieces by different artists rather than one longer cohesive narrative, which is what many people expect when they hear simply “Puppet Show.” Also it sounds way more badass.

V: This project has a relationship with Ideas for Creative Exploration at UGA. How did the project get involved with ICE?

ES: This project grew out an event I helped put together in the summer of 2014 and morphed into an identity design project for my senior thesis exhibit. Everyone in the ICE office was extremely enthusiastic when I approached them about the project, and encouraged me to apply for their IdeaLab mini grant, which funds interdisciplinary arts/research projects up to $500 to produce an event, publication or other creative undertaking. It’s been an excellent partnership so far, both in terms of having the funding to attempt larger scale ideas and having some logistical support in the nitty gritty of event planning.