Idea Lab Mini Grants Call for Proposals

Idea Lab Mini Grants
Call for Proposals
No deadline

Idea Lab Mini Grants support creative interdisciplinary projects. Grant recipients are eligible to receive mentorship, feedback, and up to $500 in project funds. Collaborative teams may include participants from multiple communities and must include at least one student, faculty, or staff member from UGA. Proposals will be reviewed by an interdisciplinary selection committee in order of receipt, pending the availability of funds.

Proposal form:

Proposal requirements:

– brief description of project goals (up to 150 words)

– names and project roles of collaborators

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.

a2ru 2021 National Conference

2021 a2ru National Conference
Sharing Stories: The Case for Art
November 3 – 5


As an a2ru member institution, UGA will cover registration costs for a limited number of a2ru conference participants. If you are interested in attending please contact before registering.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society.

About the Conference

Over the last twelve months, we have seen a range of sources acknowledge the powerful importance of the arts, particularly in the Covid era. As arts practitioners and leaders, we embrace our role in this unprecedented moment, even as we continue to rethink our disciplines, how our methods have changed during this time, and what the future of the arts might look like.

a2ru will use this year’s online conference to meet this unique moment in a uniquely artful way. We will engage and explore how we can best deploy what we hope has not changed — our passion for the arts, for arts education, and for arts integration — through storytelling, rather than traditional conference presentations.

Pre-Conference Workshop
Tuesday, November 2

Part I: Foundations of Equity

Justice in arts research, practice, and pedagogy must start with close examination of the foundations upon which arts institutions have been built. In part one of a two-part workshop series, we’ll discuss reimagining arts spaces from the ground up; the contingency of justice-oriented practice; and building foundations for liberation in art making, arts research, and arts pedagogy.

Part II: Dismantling Critique

In part two of the two-part workshop, we interrogate how white supremacy and colonialism have shaped our systems for feedback and assessment, and build and share new strategies and tools for feedback and critique that are rooted in accountability, transparency, reciprocity, and justice.

4’33” Research in the Arts Competition

4’33” Research in the Arts Competition
Call for Submissions
Deadline: November 2

The 4’33” Research in the Arts Competition 2021 is open for submissions! The UGA Arts Council invites all UGA student scholars and artists to share their research and compete for a $433 cash prize in this exciting event! The competition has been streamlined this year. The competition will highlight scholarly research about any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art. This is a great opportunity to share your work, and to practice communicating the goals and significance of your scholarly and artistic activities to a broad audience.

– To participate in the contest, simply submit a 3-minute video of yourself describing your research in the clearest and most compelling way possible. The video should contain no edits, and you’re encouraged to use the computer’s built-in webcam and microphone. Submissions will be judged entirely on the basis of how effectively you convey your intellectual goals and passion orally.

– Upload your video to YouTube or Google Drive and provide links. (Note that YouTube links can be unlisted.)

– You may include up to three images, which you should provide separately from the video presentation and refer to by number (e.g. “as you can see in figure 1”).

– You may include up to 3 supplementary video or audio clips, totaling no more than 30 seconds in all, to illustrate your arguments. The duration of these media clips will count toward the length of your presentation (i.e. if your presentation includes 30 seconds of media, your discussion can be no longer than 2 1/2 minutes long). In your talk, refer to media clips by number (e.g. “as you can see in video clip 1”).

– A panel of 5 judges (faculty, administrators, and students from different disciplines) will select 8 finalists to move up to the final round.

– The 8 finalists will present their 3-minute research summaries in the Georgia Museum of Art on November 16, 7:00 – 8:00 pm, for a panel of three judges and a live audience as part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival. After each 3-minute presentation, the presenter will respond to questions from the judges for 1 minute and 33 seconds (so that the talk and Q&A together total 4 minutes and 33 seconds).

– At the end of the live event, the judges will select the winner, who will receive a $433 prize.

Please email your submissions by November 2, 2021 to with the following information:

– Name and major degree area
– Name of faculty advisor
– Your UGA MyID
– The title of your presentation
– A link to your presentation (either YouTube or Google Drive)
– OPTIONAL: a numbered list of up to three images along with links to the images.
– OPTIONAL: a numbered list of up to three media files (video or audio) with links to the cllps.

For a list of FAQs and past winners, see:
For any further questions, please contact David Saltz,

Thank you for your interest, we look forward to your submissions!

Idea Lab Conversation: Rent

Idea Lab Conversation: Rent
Friday, October 15 at noon
Main Art Building Outdoor Courtyard

Meet the director and cast members of UGA’s production of Rent, Jonathan Larson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reimagining of Puccini’s opera “La Boheme.” Director Brandon LaReau is a doctoral student in Theatre and Film Studies and a former Graduate Assistant in Interdisciplinary Arts Research. Rent performances begin on November 4 and tickets are available at

Conversation: Creature Comforts AIR Noraa James

Conversation: Creature Comforts Artist-in-Residence Noraa James
Thursday, November 4 at Noon

Noraa James, the Creature Comforts Brewing Co. Artist in Residence for 2021, will take part in a conversation on art and community in Athens with Creature Comforts hospitality manager Madeline Blankenship and Mark Callahan, artistic director of Ideas for Creative Exploration and associate academic director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts at UGA. Free and open to the public via Zoom.

James is a painter, photographer, and graphic designer whose work is an imaginative exploration into many topics of the beauty and sublimity of Blackness through the scope of Afro-surrealism and Afro-futurism. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, he came to Athens in January 2020. This conversation will focus on ways to create equitable opportunities to build meaningful relationships between marginalized creatives and the art world’s gatekeepers in Athens.

Creature Comforts launched its Artist-in-Residence program in the summer of 2020 as part of its Get Artistic initiative. The three-month residency provides an Athens-based artist with access to workspace and materials, as well as a $5,000 stipend to support their work and to cover the full tuition of an artist-focused certificate program prior to the start of the residency.

This event is part of the university’s Spotlight on the Arts festival. More information on the 2021 Spotlight on the Arts festival, including a schedule of events, can be found at as well as on the Arts Council Facebook page (, Twitter feed (@UGA_arts) or Instagram (

Fostering Creativity: Arts + Wellness

Fostering Creativity: Arts + Wellness
Friday, September 10 at noon
Main Art Building Outdoor Courtyard

At this interactive conversation, Elizabeth Boyce will be sharing her research on mind and body wellness and the path she took to deepening her own creative practice through self-healing. Come learn more about these practices, engage in experiential activities, and connect with other humans!