a2ru National Conference

a2ru 2022 National Conference: Exploring Artistic Research
November 3-5
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan


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. The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for practitioners and researchers from across the higher education spectrum to share innovations and perspectives in the arts.

Call for Proposals
Deadline: June 6

*As an a2ru member institution, proposals from UGA and other a2ru members will receive priority consideration.*

Formats: Lightning Talks, Presentations/Panels, Workshops, Storytelling

TRACK ONE: Exploring artistic research

Topics in Track One connect directly with the 2022 conference theme through the lens of the arts, design, performance, and other art-based practices, as well as the practice and teaching of artistic research. Presentations and workshops should contribute to the conference by addressing one of the following themes or related issues: artistic research, arts-based research, collaborative research involving arts methodologies, ways of knowing that are unique to the arts, the landscape of artistic and arts-based research, “disrupting” and revisiting accepted definitions of research, the status of research in arts schools, and addressing differences in global perspectives on the arts and research.

TRACK TWO: The arts and design in higher education

Topics in track two are broadly concerned with creating and supporting art-based practices, developing tools, and presenting ideas about the arts and design in the context of academic research and teaching cultures. Presentations and workshops should contribute to the conference by addressing one of the following themes: modes of collaboration; interdisciplinary stewardship; equity; arts integration on campus; promotion and tenure; and insights, cultures of evidence, impacts case-making, and dealing with data.


Researching While BIPOC: Identity and Artistic Research

Last year, in addition to making a case for art, we invited people to share presentations that advocated for a reexamination of which art and artists are viewed as important to the arts field. As we come together this year to think about what artistic research is, how it is practiced, and what place it might hold in the university, we want to continue to question the prioritization of western art and artists. Professor Barb Bolt writes, “the centering of oneself within the artwork’s production is the most important factor in giving voice to what has become known…[as] artistic research.” What do you do, however, when your “self” has been marked as subordinate to other selves? How do you center your “self” without becoming a token? This year’s Steps Towards Change panel invites proposals from students grappling with these and related questions. We also welcome proposals from students who seek to challenge the idea that the centering of oneself is essential to artistic research.

Possibilities for Anti-racist Artistic Research, A Dialogue between Administration and Faculty

Universities across the United States are working towards instituting DEI strategic plans, and while university-wide initiatives play an important role in changing campus culture, it is important that individual schools and departments make clear their commitment to anti-racist practices. Conversations between administration and faculty are a key step in this process. a2ru wants to provide a space for such a conversation. We anticipate a robust discussion that reaches into various aspects of the relationship between administration and faculty, but briefly, we invite discussants who are interested in talking through what faculty members need to practice anti-racist artistic research, how administration can support faculty, and what administration needs from faculty to best support them. We also welcome faculty and administration who have served on DEI committees and/or led DEI initiatives within their university.

Idea Lab Mini Grants Spring 2022

Imaginary Meadow

Imaginary Meadow is a zine exchange framed around relationship building as an act of collaboration. The project includes digital events such as demos, drawing nights, readings, and a public event to share the full zine collection.

Project participants

Katie Ford, Art graduate student
River Wharton, Poet and Social Practice Artist

Legacy Ball

Legacy Ball will be a space for minorities to make connections and an opportunity to highlight minority artists through an exhibition and celebration. The power of giving minority students a safe space and community to help them navigate their futures is our primary goal. We believe this environment will provide creatives a springboard for publicizing their art and connecting to others who share similar backgrounds and passions.

Project participants

Black Felicity Student Association
Native American Student Association
Muslim Student Association
Caribbean Student Association
Dr. James Owen, Institute of Native American Studies faculty
Mary Jo Eden, Art undergraduate student
Hannah Hamrick, English/Native Studies undergraduate student
Mariah Cady, International Affairs undergraduate student

Ancient to the Digital: Invocation and Rituals

Ravish Momin, Tim Adams, and Killick will explore the relationships between improvisation, global rhythms and technology. Guest artist Ravish Momin studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille and he has worked as a sideman with musicians ranging from pop-star Shakira to the legendary saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM/Chicago.) The trio with combine traditional patterns with acoustic/digital elements that blur the lines between composed and improvised parts.

Project participants

Ravish Momin, composer/drummer New York, NY
Killick, guitar Athens, GA
Timothy K. Adams, Jr., Music faculty

Carbon Comics Vol. 3, Archaeology of the Cattle Economy in Colonial Charleston, South Carolina

Carbon Comics is a bilingual educational comic book sponsored by the Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) focusing on the intersection of historical narratives and archaeological science conducted by CAIS scientists and collaborators. Vol. 3 is supported in part by a National Science Foundation grant that examines the cultural and environmental impacts of the introduction of cattle to the Southeast in the 17th-19th centuries.

Project participants

Carla Hadden, Center for Applied Isotope Studies (CAIS) faculty
KC Jones, Anthropology, graduate student
Elizabeth Reitz, Georgia Museum of Natural History, Professor Emerita
James Burns, Athens, GA
Turner Hunt, Muscogee Creek Nation
Meredith Hardy, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission

Performance: Ravish Momin and Killick

ATHICA Music Night: Ravish Momin and Killick
Monday, May 16 at 7 PM
ATHICA, 675 Pulaski St. Suite 1200


Ravish Momin is an Indian-born drummer, electronic music producer and educator residing in New York City. Momin studied with Jazz master-drummer Andrew Cyrille. His unique approach quickly led him to work as a sideman with a diverse cast of musicians ranging from to legendary avant-saxophonist Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre (of the AACM) to pop-star Shakira. Momin is the recipient of grants/commissions from Pioneer Works, New Music USA, Meet The Composer, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, US Artists International and NYSCA (New York State Council on the Arts.)

Momin, who started out as an acoustic drummer and percussionist a couple of decades ago, has been working under the ‘Sunken Cages’ moniker since 2019, in order to showcase his unique electroacoustic hybrid approach which splits the difference between live performance and production. He plays drums, triggers textures and clips, and layers live-loops while manipulating them in real-time to blur the lines between composition and improvisation. While rooted in Indian folk and Black Music traditions, Momin is also influenced by the street sounds of underground dance music from Durban to Mumbai and beyond. For more visit:

Killick Hinds lives in Athens, Georgia. His music is Appalachian Trance Metal made on unusual stringed instruments with an emphasis on unquantifiable rhythms, intuitive intonation, and shamanistic ROYGBIV. The primary sonic influences on Killick are animals, wind, water, fire, electrical hum, and silence. Pop-culture mashups and ancient and obscure forms infuse his music; the effect more closely resembles speech patterns and emotionally-drawn architecture than it does conventional Western music. Despite its eclectic nature the sounds are surprisingly familiar and accessible to audiences of all ages and levels of musical involvement. For more visit:

Supported in part by Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Photo Credit: Ed Marshall Photography NYC

Reading Room: Solidarity Not Charity

Solidarity Not Charity: Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy

This report, commissioned by Grantmakers in the Arts, is about the ways that arts and culture grantmakers can engage in systems-change work. The cultural sector is actively seeking alternatives to business-as-usual to create economic and racial justice in the sector and beyond. Grantmakers can play a role in the transformation of the sector by following the lead of Black, Indigenous, People of Color, disabled, queer, trans, and working class creatives who are innovating models for self-determination and community wealth.

#BestShotUGA TikTok Showcase and Awards Ceremony

#BestShotUGA TikTok Showcase and Awards Ceremony
Saturday, April 23 from 4 – 6 PM
The Athenaeum


#BestShotUGA is a project to help increase vaccine confidence through community participation in the arts. One of only 30 projects funded by the Center for Disease Control Foundation, UGA used the grant to start a TikTok contest. Enjoy music, laughter, and light refreshments with a recap of over 300 posts and almost 200K views. Meet the judges and learn which TikToks will win prizes. Come celebrate in award-show style, from shorts to black tie!

Chase Brantley, Moonlight Theatre Company

“Disinformation and Opportunity in Public Health and Literacy Education”
Dr. Melisa (Misha) Cahnmann-Taylor, UGA College of Education

Winnie Smith, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts
Alex White, COVID ICU Nursing Staff

TikTok Video Showcase

TikTok Performances
Zihan Lin-Nanni
Turtle Grenade

Awards Ceremony

Supported by the Center for Disease Control Foundation, Department of Language and Literacy Education, Mary Frances Early College of Education, UGA Arts Council, Willson Center for Humanities and Arts, and Ideas for Creative Exploration.

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic “Coming Together”

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
Wednesday, April 20 at 7 PM
Cine, 234 W. Hancock Ave.

Join the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic in their spring collab, Coming Together, featuring R&B artist Convict Julie, Hip Hop artist Linqua Franqa, emcee Montu Miller, and the UGA Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Free and open to the public.

You’ll be the first audience to hear Convict Julie’s most recent songs, co-created with UGA lecturer of music Brandon Quarles and the musicians in the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. Linqua Franqa joins us as the dynamic narrator of Coming Together, a work written by Frederic Rzewski in response to the 1971 uprising at the Attica Correctional Facility in NY. Also on the show is Julius Eastman’s Stay on It, a minimalist, structured improvisation work that draws on repetitions of a short theme to create an infectious groove.

Launched last August, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between local Hip Hop artists and the Hodgson School of Music, supported by UGA’s Arts Lab. It is produced by saxophone professor Connie Frigo, who developed it in collaboration with Mariah Parker (aka Linqua Franqa) and Hip Hop impresario Montu Miller. The first musical pairings last fall featured Hip Hop artists Caufield and Kxng Blanco, co-creating new works with UGA faculty composers Emily Koh and Peter Lane.

See the videos here:

Caroline Woolard

Torrance Festival of Ideas
April 19-21

The Torrance Festival of Ideas is a free annual online educational and cultural event where renowned experts from across disciplines present their innovative ideas to the general public.

The 2022 Torrance Festival of Ideas showcases unique perspectives on a range of topics including creativity, entrepreneurship, innovation, aesthetics, flow, imagination, emotions, motivation, AI, digital art, music, literature, wellbeing, community health, mental health, sociocultural engagement, childhood, aging, equality, identity, political resistance, and social change.

Caroline Woolard Talk
Wednesday, April 20 at 2 PM

The Cultural Economy We Want —> or —> You Don’t Have to Be a Starving Artist or a Sellout

In this interview, Caroline Woolard of Art.coop will present ways that artists are working together to build communities and economies that resist exploitation and foster collective action. Did you know work can be joyful and pay the bills, with culture at the center of economic innovation? When artists organize together (across issue-areas), we can win and co-create tailored tools of support, including paid training programs, solidarity financial vehicles like non-extractive loans, and policy platforms in what is known as the Solidarity Economy movement.

Interview Panel:

Meredith Emery
Annie Simpson
Mark Callahan

Caroline Woolard is the Director of Research and Programs at Open Collective Foundation, an Assistant Professor at Pratt, and co-organizer of art.coop with Nati Linares and Marina Lopez. Since the financial crisis of 2007-8, Woolard has catalyzed barter communities, minted local currencies, founded an arts-policy think tank, and created sculptural interventions in office spaces. Woolard is the co-author of three books: Making and Being (Pioneer Works, 2019), a book for educators about interdisciplinary collaboration, co-authored with Susan Jahoda; Art, Engagement, Economy (onomatopee, 2020) a book about managing socially-engaged and public art projects; and TRADE SCHOOL: 2009-2019, a book about peer learning that Woolard catalyzed in thirty cities internationally over a decade. Woolard’s work has been featured twice on New York Close Up (2014, 2016), a digital film series produced by Art21 and broadcast on PBS. For more visit carolinewoolard.com/


Open Collective Foundation

Solidarity Not Charity – Grantmaking in the Solidarity Economy

Making and Being

Art, Engagement, Economy