Idea Lab Conversation: Funding Creativity

Idea Lab Conversation: Funding Creativity
Friday, September 6 at 10 AM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Do you ever wonder where all the money is going in the arts? Based on research surrounding three major arts funding organizations, Idea Lab will present trends in support, recently funded projects, and insight into what these organizations look for when awarding grants.

National Endowment for the Arts

Creative Capital

MAP Fund

Reading Room: MAP Fund Grantees 2019

Reading Room: MAP Fund Grantees 2019

This exceptional group of grantees is grappling with the most difficult and joyous aspects of creating and living in the United States today. At a time of deep division, the grantees propose to interrogate marginalizing structures in the United States while asserting new possibilities for thriving interdependence. Each approach is distinctive. Some will employ performance practices like processions as a strategy for transforming spaces with racist histories, such as contentious borders, waterways, or landmarks. Others will consider collective and individual rebuilding by generating shared rituals, dances, and songs in celebration of life. From exploring the mental health of firefighters in Detroit, to surfacing larger psychological ramifications of border politics for immigrants, each grantee asks: What does meaningful care for people and the environment look like?

Source: MAP Fund

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

2019 a2ru Student Challenge Grant Recipients Announced

May 1, 2019
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2019 Student Challenge Grant Recipients Announced

Two interdisciplinary student teams were awarded Student Challenge Grants by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) to pursue projects that were inspired by the 2019 Emerging Creatives Student Summit hosted by James Madison University on the topic of Food + Place. The summit convened interdisciplinary teams from various a2ru partner research universities to address issues around the theme.

“Food Bites Infozine” was awarded $2,000 plus travel expenses to attend and present at the 2019 a2ru National Conference, to create a series of infozines, which cover an assortment of diverse aspects of food and place. Of the project, the group states: “Through these curated collections of stories, resources and works of art, we hope to offer ways to think about and consider the role food plays in our personal, communal, and environmental experiences and relationships. We intend to use these working understandings to explore the ties we feel to the places (physical & intangible, grounded & transient) that we occupy.” The team includes Laura Ney, University of Georgia, PhD., Crop and Soil Sciences; Irasema Quezada Hammock, University of Alabama at Birmingham, BFA, Graphic Design; Sarah Whittmeyer, University of Colorado, BS, Music and Music Business; Stephanie Bonnell, University of Cincinnati, major in Communications and minor in Environmental Studies; Sydney Mathis, University of Virginia, double major in Commerce and Global Environments and Sustainability; and Emma Kornegay, VCU School of the Arts, BS Fine Arts.


Thursday, May 16 at 8 PM
Go Bar, Athens GA

ICE Honorary Fellow John Michael Boling presents CULTURESPORT, an original music-driven science fiction animated web series set in a world adjacent to our own. John Michael Boling (BFA 2006) is an artist known for pioneering works in Internet art and video. He received an ICE student fellowship to attend The Kitchen Summer Institute and was a featured presenter in the 2007 ICE Open House: Net Art. John Michael co-founded and served as Head of Product for, an online tool for collaborative research and served as Associate Director of Rhizome.

For more information about CULTURESPORT and their Kickstarter campaign visit:

Join CULTURESPORT as they screen their debut episode ROTTERDAM 1995. Meet the creators while they discuss the process of creating a DIY animation studio, offering exclusive insight and merchandise.

Developed in relative secrecy over the past five years, CULTURESPORT is a sprawling fictional universe — the result of intensive and ongoing collaboration between artists, designers, musicians, actors, dancers, brands, and CULTURESPORT’s in-house creative team.