Welcome Fall 2020

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: Meg Grey (Theatre and Film Studies), Rachel Seburn (Art), and Bryan Wysocki (Music). These three exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

Reading Room: Alchemy of the Reset

Reading Room: Alchemy of the Reset

Alchemy of the Reset is a conversation series hosted and created by Yerba Buena Center for the Art’s Chief of Program Meklit Hadero and YBCA Senior Fellows Brett Cook and Liz Lerman — three artists who have dedicated their creative practices to inspiring systems and structural change. Hadero, Cook, and Lerman engage in dialogue with other artistic and creative leaders whose body of work and stories of reset aim to inspire members of our community to take action.

FY20 Annual Report

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FY29 Annual Report

Ecopoetics Reading and Publication

ECHO: a collection of eco-poetic works
Publication delayed due to COVID-19
Digital preview: alexmcclay.com/ECHO
Download PDF (20.6 MB): ECHO.pdf

Featuring nine works from writers Brenda Hillman, Ben Rutherford, Paul Cunningham, Holly Haworth, Connor Fisher, Genevieve Arlie, and Aviva Kasowski. Designed and printed by Alex McClay. The book will be printed and bound in an edition of 70. There will be both a deluxe edition of 20 books bound with a hard cover and a standard edition of 50 books bound with a paper cover. The release of the book was meant to coincide with Brenda Hillman’s visit to UGA.

Reading: Brenda Hillman
Cancelled due to COVID-19

Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English Jed Rasula is pleased to present a reading by poet Brenda Hillman. Hillman was born in Tucson, Arizona and has been an active part of the Bay Area literary community since 1975. She has published chapbooks with Penumbra Press, a+bend press, EmPress, A Minus Press, and Albion Books and is the author of ten full-length collections from Wesleyan University Press, the most recent of which are Practical Water (2009), winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award, Seasonal Works with Letters on Fire (2013), which received the International Griffin Poetry Prize for 2014 and the Northern California Book Award, and Extra Hidden Life, among the Days (2018).

Publication supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration. Brenda Hillman event supported by the Helen S. Lanier Chair of the Department of English at UGA.

Idea Lab Conversation: Unsettling “Monument”

Idea Lab Conversation: Unsettling “Monument”
Cancelled due to COVID-19

Join us for a conversation about artists challenging the status-quo of what a monument “ought to be.” What is the necessity of speculative fiction, strategies of resistance, and counter-narrative in public space?


Shaping the Past is a partnership between Monument Lab, the Goethe-Institut, and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (German Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb) that addresses pressing issues around what, whom, and how to remember in public spaces.

The project facilitates a transnational exchange program bringing artists and activists together in dialogue to highlight ongoing critical memory interventions in sites and spaces in North America and Germany. Shaping the Past supports civic practitioners, artists, and activists who critically reimagine monuments and emerges from the ongoing Monument Lab Fellows program (including Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant Annie Simpson). These collaborations and conversations offer innovative models for how we might memorialize the past, create dialogue, and strengthen democracy through public spaces across the globe.

Monument Lab is an independent public art and history studio based in Philadelphia. Founded by Paul Farber and Ken Lum, Monument Lab works with artists, students, activists, municipal agencies, and cultural institutions on exploratory approaches to public engagement and collective memory.



Millennium is a multimedia rock orchestra made up of UGA students and alumni, founded by composer/songwriter and Ideas for Creative Exploration Graduate Research Assistant, Kelly Catlin. The orchestra is a research body dedicated to combining traditional orchestral music and popular music to create impactful, culturally relevant, and fiscally sustainable orchestral music. They develop new practices for producing and marketing original, modern orchestral music. Through interdisciplinary collaborations with animation, graphic design, and film students, Millennium members explore the effect of visual arts stimuli on live concert audiences and learn how to produce content to engage online audiences.

Music video:www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgKrtJcl1Jk

Instagram: www.instagram.com/millenniummovement/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/millenniummovement/