a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summit

Food + Place
February 7-10, 2019
James Madison University

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) Emerging Creatives Student Summits bring together students who have an interest in the arts, crossing disciplinary boundaries, and developing collaborative projects. Each year, 80-100 undergraduate and graduate students attend the summit from a2ru partner universities across the country, along with 12-15 administrators, faculty, and staff. These summits have a strong project-based component with activities such as panel discussions with special guests, keynote speakers, site visits or field trips, performances and exhibitions, networking opportunities, and “bootcamp” or skill-building experiences built in throughout to collaboratively tackle and solve grand challenges.

This year’s theme is Food and PlaceFood is the common language of life. Across the world, people use it to establish and maintain relationships and to celebrate important events. Food also frequently takes on a symbolic dimension in culture, representing everything from love to social status. Differing approaches to its production and consumption profoundly affect our economic systems, public health, and climate. Our connection to food is multi-faceted, inspiring a wide range of creative works.

This summit will be hosted by James Madison University, which is located at the center of the Shenandoah Valley, a diverse community long-defined by food production, from family-run farms to large-scale commercial agriculture. This event brings together students from a variety of disciplines to work on projects that consider the relationship between food and place. The summit will feature panels and working group leadership from distinguished professors at James Madison University, as well as leading artists and scholars from around the country.

Join us this coming February 7-10 to advance your own creative work or research through interdisciplinary collaboration with your peers at leading institutions across the U.S. Undergraduate and graduate students in any and all fields are welcome, particularly those that care about and have a deep interest in the concept of this year’s theme. We especially encourage student research teams from biology, ecology, and related fields, as well as artists/designers, to apply.

ArtsEngine is accepting applications from students from each of its five supporting schools and colleges to build an interdisciplinary team of 5 students to represent the University of Michigan. U-M students will work with student representatives from other a2ru partner institutions during the summit. Applications will be reviewed by the associate deans and ArtsEngine faculty liaisons from each school/college and the selected student will be notified within one week of the deadline to allow time to make travel arrangements. Selected students are welcome to apply for funding through the a2ru student travel grant or a2ru scholars programs.

U-M student representatives will have the opportunity to present to the associate deans upon return to campus.

Deadline for U-M ArtsEngine Application: December 15, 2018



If you are applying from a school other than Engineering, Art & Design, Architecture + Urban Planning, SMTD, or SI, your application will be reviewed if additional spots are available to be filled following the December 15th deadline.