Idea Lab Conversation: CREATE Athens with Erin Barger

Idea Lab Conversation: CREATE Athens with Erin Barger
Friday, November 15 at 10 AM
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

What is the role of the arts in Athens community development? Join Erin Barger, Project Manager of Envision Athens to learn more about the CREATE Athens action group. CREATE Athens recently produced a report about the impact of arts and culture in Athens in three key areas: economic development, education, and civic engagement.

Erin Barger entered the role of Project Manager for Envision Athens after serving as a citizen representative on the Steering Committee for this movement in 2017. Erin brings to this role nearly two decades of community development work, ranging from work in disability supports and advocacy, refugee resettlement, service as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in China, and then nearly a decade of addressing poverty in the beloved community of Athens, Georgia.

Link: CREATE Athens: Arts & Culture Report

Reading Room: Presentations from the 2019 Creative Capital Artist Retreat

A central part of the Creative Capital Award, the retreat is an intensive week-long gathering designed to help artists develop their ambitious and forward-thinking new work. The retreat centers around artists presenting their works in progress to a group of experts and supporters from all creative disciplines who can help make their visions a reality. These presentations cover a broad range of genres and subjects, from poetry dedicated to extinct species, a puppet installation imagining the legacy of plastic, to a performance exploring a personal connection to the trans-Atlantic slave trade — all representing a diversity of work by some of the most groundbreaking artists in the country.

Source: Creative Capital

Lecture: Corey Madden

Lecture: Corey Madden: Artist as Leader
Wednesday, October 30 at Noon
Lamar Dodd Building Room S160

Corey Madden is an award-winning writer and director, Executive Director of the Kenan Institute for the Arts, and a faculty member at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. At the Kenan Institute for the Arts Madden directs strategic initiatives that creatively blend the arts, enterprise, and innovative practice to positively impact the lives and careers of artists. Three programmatic themes — Creative Leaders, Creative Campus, and Creative Community — feature programs and projects that provide training and access for artists to develop and achieve their highest potential. Madden produces the interview series, “The Artist as Leader,” and teaches a course of the same name.

Call for Proposals: Idea Lab Mini Grants

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
Deadline: October 25, 2019

shape: re-examining our spaces, structures, and systems

Idea Lab, a UGA student organization dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary creative collaboration, is offering funding of up to $500 for UGA students, faculty, and staff with ideas for interdisciplinary projects within the community, with extra consideration for those which enage with the idea of “shape.” Project groups must include at least one UGA student and may include members from outside the UGA community.

Recipients of Idea Lab mini grants will receive mentorship and regular feedback from Idea Lab members and Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistants.

Grant proposals should be sent via email to:

Proposal requirements:

– Title and brief description of proposed project
– List of participants (include titles and affiliations)
– Impact of project
– Itemized budget
– Proposed timeline of project
– No more than 500 words

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.

Information sessions:

Wednesday, October 23 at 4:30 PM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Wednesday, September 25 at 10 AM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Thursday, October 3 at 3 PM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Tuesday, October 8 at 11 AM, Lamar Dodd Room S160
Wednesday, October 16 at 9:30 AM, MLC Reading Room

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