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Torrance Festival of Ideas

2023 Torrance Festival of Ideas
Tuesday, April 18 – Thursday, April 20

Full schedule and registration:

The Torrance Festival of Ideas is a free annual online cultural and educational event where renowned experts from across disciplines present their innovative ideas to the global general public. This year the festival features unique perspectives on themes relevant to innovation, creativity, media, gaming, learning, storytelling, reading, imagination, science, AI, technology, aesthetics, literature, filmmaking, fashion, wellbeing, community health, mental health, aging, education, equality, pollution, conflict, and integrated design. Registration is free but limited to the first 1,500 attendees.

Idea Lab Conversation: Creative Placemaking

Idea Lab Conversation: Creative Placemaking
Thursday, March 16 at 2 PM
Main Art Building Room S360

How can collaborations in the arts promote community understanding?

Join Connie Frigo, a professor of saxophone and co-founder of the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic, a partnership between UGA and the local Hip Hop community. She is an organizer of interdisciplinary arts events with a focus on the creative process, social justice advocacy, and community engagement.

The Idea Lab student organization is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA.

Math & Design Interest Meeting

Pop Up Math & Design Exhibition Interest Meeting
Thursday, February 23 at 2 PM
Main Art Building Room S360

The Pop Up Math & Design Exhibition at UGA brings together art and math students to collaboratively design objects, visualizations, and interactive experiences of mathematics with a focus on topology. In topology, objects can stretch, twist, bend, and deform freely; to a topologist, a twisted rubber band and a circle are the same. With no fixed “shape” to speak of, mathematicians and artists can make creative choices of how to best represent these intriguing objects. Join us and explore an amazing world of knots, higher dimensions, and wild spaces. All undergraduates with a background in math, the arts, or design are welcome to join.

Webinar: Artists and Scholars Changing Culture, Creating Change

Webinar: Artists and Scholars Changing Culture, Creating Change
Thursday, February 23 at 3 PM

As an a2ru member institution, UGA students, faculty, and staff are eligible to attend

We invite you to Part I of a two part webinar series, co-hosted by Imagining America and a2ru.

The words ‘culture change’ are commonly used by those who aim to hold academic institutions accountable to supporting and recognizing public artmaking and scholarship. But what does it actually mean?

In this first session Imagining America Faculty Director Erica Kohl-Arenas and National Advisory Board chair Kal Alston will share findings from their three year research project funded by the Mellon Foundation designed to answer this very question. Through case studies, over 100 national stakeholder interviews, and organizing institutes with leading thinkers and doers, the research revealed that the most lasting academic culture change is led by public, activist, and community engaged artists, scholars, students, and community based culture keepers themselves. These are the people that forge new spaces to radically expand how we understand research and creativity and to nurture a new generation of artists and scholars in public life. Join us to learn from our research findings and prepare to activate them in your own local contexts.

Registration is free, though attendance will be limited to 100 participants with priority given to faculty, staff and students from a2ru and Imagining America member institutions, as well as a2ru individual members.

Rebecca Kamen events

Rebecca Kamen Events

Public Lecture
Wednesday, March 1 at 6 PM

Main Art Building Room S151

Idea Lab Conversation
Thursday, March 2 at 2 PM

Main Art Building Room S360

How do artists and scientists work together?

Rebecca Kamen, sculptor and lecturer on the intersections of art and science, seeks ‘the truth’ through observation. Her artwork is informed by wide-ranging research into cosmology, history, philosophy, and by connecting common threads that flow across various scientific fields to capture and re-imagine what the scientists see.

Through the lens: A digital depiction of dyslexia

The Idea Lab student organization is supported by Ideas for Creative Exploration, an interdisciplinary initiative for advanced research in the arts at UGA. Rebecca Kamen’s visit is supported by the UGA School of Art Visiting Artist and Scholar Lecture Series.

Reading Room: Remember the Future

Remember the Future, a podcast by ART.COOP invites listeners to Remember the Future together by listening to the stories of artists and culture bearers who know that the practices of the Solidarity Economy are not some new technology, but actually are ways of being in relationship with people and planet that are as old as time. They are our ancestral practices. In this 7 episode narrative pilot, listeners learn: You don’t have to be a starving artist or a sell out. You can find work where you joyfully live your values and pay the bills. We meet QTBIPOC creatives who are firing their bosses, freeing the land, electing themselves, and building livelihoods based on care, cooperation, mutual aid, and solidarity. Every other episode grounds listeners in a practice-based offering to activate the solidarity economy in their body, in their community, and in their context today.