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Annual National Conference
Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability
November 1-3, 2018
Hosted by the University of Georgia

The 2018 theme, Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability, is an invitation to explore the relationship between creativity and diverse cultural locations, by framing discussions about design, resilience, and sustainability in context of interdisciplinary artistic and environmental practice. The theme offers an opportunity to think broadly about the ecology of the arts and their environments, in terms of performance, design, and engineering. A land and sea grant institution inextricable from the town of Athens and the broader ecologies of Georgia and the Southeast, the University of Georgia will provide a rich context for thinking creatively about Arts Environments globally.​

Additional information about the 2018 conference, including registration and link to apply for student travel grants available on the conference website.


a2ru Circuits Webinar Series
Student Webinar: Navigating Your Educational Career Path Toward an Interdisciplinary Career
October 4, 2018

What might be needed to create an interdisciplinary career guide or toolkit for students who are looking toward a modern work life? This webinar will include alum from the a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Summits discussing both their interdisciplinary paths and experiences and what they would like to have known or had in support of their educational goals as an undergraduate student.

Additional information and link to register for this webinar available on the a2ru website.


Emerging Creatives Student Summit
Food and Place
February 7-10, 2019
Hosted by James Madison University

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.

Find information and application for the summit on the a2ru website.