a2ru emerging creatives student summit

Learning in Liminal Spaces: Transformative Visions for the 21st Century

March 9-11, 2022
Washington, D.C.

We are proud to announce the return of the Emerging Creatives Student Summit in 2022 after a one-year pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the first time, the event will be cosponsored by two leading companies from the private sector, Steelcase Learning and CannonDesign, in partnership with a2ru founding partner institution Virginia Tech. The Summit will take place March 9-11 in Washington, D.C. at Steelcase’s WorkLife Center.

This year’s theme “Learning in Liminal Spaces: Transformative Visions for the 21st Century” reckons with a profoundly altered educational landscape as we emerge from the pandemic. Old models of learning are undergoing seismic change. We have been living with reordered routines in a time between times, learning in liminal spaces of asynchronous and hybrid instruction. Yet in this in-between time and space we now inhabit, we are freer to imagine new opportunities to access, participate, and thrive in learning. Exploring our human capacity for change in the wake of crisis, we can create more equitable and diverse learning spaces to fulfill our creative potential.

The a2ru Emerging Creatives summit will bring together students from the a2ru network in Washington DC at Steelcase’s WorkLife Center for workshops, skill building, and expert input from leaders in design, architecture, and engineering. Students will work in teams to create collaborative, transdisciplinary projects that explore how we can own these liminal, speculative, transdisciplinary spaces and transform how we learn together.

ArtsEngine is accepting applications from students from each of its five supporting schools and colleges to select 2 students (one from an arts-based discipline, one from a non-arts-based discipline) to represent the University of Michigan at the 2022 Summit. U-M students will work with students from other a2ru partner institutions during the summit. Applicants will be notified within one week of the deadline to allow time to make travel arrangements. Selected students are encouraged 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 following the summit.

Applications due January 14, 2022 and must include at least one letter of support from a U-M faculty member.

a2ru has arranged a room block for Emerging Creatives at the Hilton Hotel Arlington. Students can book online at the link below; they also have the option to contact Hilton Hotel Arlington directly (703.528.6000) or the Hilton reservation hotline (1-800-445-8667) to make their reservations. Students will need to provide the group code (ECS), arrival date, and hotel name. A rate of $219 per night is available for the evenings of March 8 through March 11, 2022 (rooms with two double beds or one king bed are available).

Reservations must be made by February 9, 2022.