Archive for the ‘Reading Room’ Category

Reading Room: What is Research?

What is research? Practices in the arts, research, and curricula

Because faculty and students have so many wide-ranging experiences, academic trajectories, and disciplinary backgrounds, they don’t necessarily have the same set of concepts in mind when it comes to talking about research, what it means, or how it’s done. For many, “research” is an abstract, culturally constructed concept. With many different definitions and experiences, it can be critical to build a shared foundation for understanding — especially when issues of “what counts” as knowledge, tenure and promotion, and research process are at stake.

Source: Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
Link: www.a2ru.org/projects/research-brief-what-is-research/

Reading Room: Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture

Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action

Efforts to integrate arts and culture into the water sector have been sparse to date. But there are some exciting examples of how water and wastewater utilities, conservation organizations, and water reliant businesses—including US Water Alliance members—are making invisible water systems visible, engaging and educating the public in new ways, taking a creative approach to planning, and transforming communities through art. To accelerate these innovative and promising efforts, the US Water Alliance partnered with ArtPlace America to catalogue the best and brightest models and partnerships that are utilizing arts and culture to advance sustainable, integrated and equitable water management.

Source: US Water Alliance Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture

Reading Room: The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education

The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education

The Integration of the Humanities and Arts with Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Higher Education examines the evidence behind the assertion that educational programs that mutually integrate learning experiences in the humanities and arts with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) lead to improved educational and career outcomes for undergraduate and graduate students. It explores evidence regarding the value of integrating more STEMM curricula and labs into the academic programs of students majoring in the humanities and arts and evidence regarding the value of integrating curricula and experiences in the arts and humanities into college and university STEMM education programs.

Source: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
www.nap.edu/catalog/24988/the-integration-of-the-humanities-and-arts-with-sciences-engineering-and-medicine-in-higher-education

Reading Room: Recalculating the Formula for Success

Recalculating the Formula for Success: Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century

Through interviews with sixteen leaders of public arts funders and united arts funds, Recalculating the Formula for Success: Public Arts Funders and United Arts Funds Reshape Strategies for the Twenty-First Century documents the new ways that these funders are approaching their work, rethinking longtime practices, and adapting to changing environments.

Source: Grantmakers in the Arts
www.giarts.org/article/recalculating-formula-success

Reading Room: How Can Ecological Artists Move Beyond Aesthetic Gestures?

How Can Ecological Artists Move Beyond Aesthetic Gestures?

If art is to be relevant to the environment, it cannot remain only in an art context or in dialogue with art history. The vast majority of writings about land art in the American West is focused entirely on its art-ness, whether through an aesthetic, art-historical, or human interest lens. Where is the geologic activity? Where are the Native Americans? Where are the watersheds? In order to be relevant to the issues plaguing our world today — such as the prevalence of plastics, or climate change — we need writing that contextualizes these artworks within a deep reading of the land itself.

By Ben Valentine
Source: Hyperallergic
hyperallergic.com/394849/how-can-ecological-artists-move-beyond-aesthetic-gestures/

Reading Room: SPARC

SPARC: Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research and Curricula

These insights will be of broad benefit for curious leaders, program designers, researchers, students, teachers, and practitioners. The interviews provide a range of perspectives that are useful for new cultural research, creating awareness of activities, and for deepening understanding about the opportunities and challenges facing higher education.

Source: SPARC Knowledge Engine
www.sparc.a2ru.org/insights/