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Annual National Conference
Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility Advocacy, and Engagement
November 1-4, 2017
Boston, MA
Hosted by Northeastern University; Co-Hosts: Boston University, MIT, Tufts University

The 2017 theme, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement, will use the city of Boston as a starting point for discussion and engagement surrounding creative placemaking. As a 21st century global city, Boston embodies many of the issues that drive diverse contemporary cultural contexts. It supports a rich and continually evolving sense of civic realms, and is home to leading arts, educational, medical, industrial, and corporate entities invested in innovative modes of research, practice, and civic participation. There is also clear recognition that the ‘public sphere’ is not confined to large metropolitan regions. Creating dynamic communities that engage and extend beyond traditional boundaries – in both virtual and material ways – remains a growing challenge and the work before us.

Throughout history, artists, musicians, and designers have been catalysts for civic engagement and social change. Creative placemaking brings the cultural sector into strategic collaboration with sectors more traditionally engaged in urban planning and development, such as transportation and housing. It is a strategic effort by governmental, commercial, nonprofit, civic, and philanthropic stakeholders to position the cultural sector as a crucial component of holistic, place-based planning in the United States. This holistic planning is intended to result in more equitable policy decisions and improved general well-being of all residents.

Additional information about the 2017 conference, including registration and link to apply for student travel grants available on the conference website.

Emerging Creatives Student Summit
2018 Dates and Theme TBD
Hosted by Louisiana State University

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.

The 2018 Student Summit will be hosted by LSU during February or March. Theme, dates, and details coming soon!

To see information about the 2017 Student Summit, WATER: New Directions Through Arts and Sciences, hosted by the University of Florida including photos, testimonials and resources, visit the summit website.

Student Summer Maker Intensive
Art/Tech: Creating New Media for the Digital World
June 10-22, 2018
Hosted by the University of Florida’s Digital Worlds Institute

Students from the a2ru institutions are invited to participate in a two-week interdisciplinary summer residency at the University of Florida Digital Worlds Institute, June 10 – 22, 2018. Participants will have the opportunity to work in collaborative groups utilizing the facilities of Digital Worlds (DW) to create new digital media for showcase to both local and global audiences near the end of the residency period. Technologies and facilities available at DW include wireless motion capture stage, ultra-wide screen immersive theater with 7.1 surround sound, 2D and 3D animation, support for mobile and video game creation as well as interactive audio and video environments, and digitally-enhanced live performance.

Student with interests and backgrounds in, but not limited to, performing arts, computer and game programming, visual arts, storytelling and creative writing, animation and videography are invited to apply.

Application details coming soon!

Supporting Practice in Arts, Research, and Curricula (SPARC) Knowledge Engine

a2ru is pleased to report the first release of the SPARC Knowledge Engine, a searchable index of interview responses and a data platform for insights about the cultures of research, the arts, and the future of higher education. The SPARC Knowledge Engine is a project of a2ru, generously supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and designed to advance new knowledge and exploration across the arts, research, and higher education.