2018 National Conference

Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability; November 1-3, 2018

Conference Overview
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.​

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Agenda and Schedule

Agenda (updated 9.14.18) available for download HERE.

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Check In Open9:30am-5:00pmUGA Center Lobby
Executive Committee Meeting10:00-11:30amUGA Center Craige Boardroom
Welcome Remarks12:00pmUGA Center, Mahler HallRussell Mumper, University of Georgia
Plenary Panel - The Art of Resilience: What's at Stake for Integrating the Arts and Sciences to Achieve Sustainability and Resilience in the Anthropocene12:00-1:30pmUGA Center, Mahler HallPaul Shrivastava, Penn State; Sha Xin Wei, Arizona State University; Cassandra Fraser, University of Virginia
Field Notes: Three Approaches to Merging Research, Praxis, and Pedagogy1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room LLynda S. Lotich, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Emil J. Kang, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; Corey Madden, University of North Carolina School of the Arts; Betsy Towns, University of North Carolina School of the Arts
From Data to Metaphor: An Integration of the Arts and Sciences1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room QMark Lee Koven, Utah State University; Nancy Huntly, Utah State University; Dan Collins, Arizona State University; Christine Lee, Arizona State University
INPLACE: Innovative Plan for Leveraging Arts Through Community Engagement1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room RRJ Thompson, Youngstown State University
Building Resilience Through Participatory DesignNils Gore, University of Kansas; Shannon Criss, University of Kansas
Creating Models for Economic Development by Using the Built Environment and Its Relationship with the CommunityKristin Hughes, Carnegie Mellon University; Mary Lou Arscott, Carnegie Mellon University
NEA Research Lab – Self-Perceptions of Creativity & Agency (Year 1)1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room KMegan Robinson, Vanderbilt University
Case Studies and Conceptual Model for Navigating Art-Science CollaborationJennifer Parker, UC Santa Cruz
The Traffic SONATAMonty Abbas, Virginia Tech; Charles Nichols, Virginia Tech; Anne Elise Thomas, Virginia Tech
Building Community Through Immersive Art and Design3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room KJenny Filipetti, University of Colorado Denver; Corvas Brinkerhoff, Meow Wolf; David Thomas, University of Colorado Denver; Merhia Wiese, Meow Wolf;
Jeff Lambson, University of Colorado Denver
SKIN: a Funny and Frank Play with Music – About the Power of Resilience, Creativity & Vulnerability to Transcend Sexual Violence3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Masters HallHope Singsen
The Curricular Sandbox

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3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room LBrian DeLevie, University of Colorado Denver

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Advancing Sustainability Goals via Required Engagement Studio Courses3:30-5:00pmUG Center, Room RJoseph Trumpey, University of Michigan
Alternative Monuments and the Turn to Performance as MonumentalismRebecca Jackson, University of Georgia
Amazonian Arts: The Aesthetics of Traditional Ecological KnowledgeLouisiana Lightsey, University of Georgia
Campus Watersheds as Spaces for Collaboration and Research on Sustainability3:30-5:00pmLamar Dodd School of Art GalleriesTyra Byers, University of Georgia; Laurie Fowler, University of Georgia; Michael Marshall, University of Georgia; Mark Callahan, University of Georgia
Spotlight on the Arts/a2ru Opening Reception5:30-7:00pmGeorgia Museum of ArtHosted by Jere W. Morehead, President – University of Georgia
Spotlight Kaleidoscope7:30-8:30pmPerforming Arts Center
Lamar Dodd School of Art Reception8:30pmLamar Dodd School of ArtHosted by Chris Garvin, Director, Lamar Dodd School of Art, Professor of Art and Design – University of Georgia

Check In Open8:30am-12:00pmUGA Center Lobby
Plenary Panel - Expeditions, Experiments, and the Ocean: Arts and Sciences at Sea9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Mahler HallWelcome by William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art – University of Georgia; Moderated by Nicholas Allen, Director, Willson Center, Franklin Professor of English – University of Georgia; Samantha B. Joye, Athletic Associate Professor of Arts & Sciences, Department of Marine Sciences – University of Georgia; Rebecca Rutstein, Artist and UGA Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding
Exploring the Roles of Aesthetic Experience in Human and Environmental Well-being Across Interdisciplinary Cultural Borders10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room RAaron Colverson, University of Florida; Nina Stoyan-Rosenzweig, University of Florida; Paulette Hahn, University of Florida
From Critiques to Collaboration: Best Practices for Arts Integration10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room QGabriel Harp, University of Michigan; Veronica Stanich, University of Michigan
From Portfolios to Platforms: Navigating Post-Entrepreneurial Arts Training10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room LJonathan Kuuskoski, University of Michigan
The Failure Project: An Arts-Based Intervention Course to Develop Student Persistence and ResiliencyMegan Workmon Larsen, Arizona State University
Building a Garden10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room KJesse Harrod, Tyler School of Art
An Experiment in Drawing and Sound: Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration, Bio-sonification, and Process as ProductAndrew Raffo Defar, The University of Alabama; Pete Schulte, The University of Alabama
Network Luncheon and Presentation12:15-1:45pmUGA Center, Magnolia Ballrooma2ru Partners Only
Research Models for Interdisciplinary Arts Engagement in the Environment1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room LMichael Marshall, University of Georgia; Bill Gilbert, University of New Mexico; Elliott Maltby, Pratt Institute; Jeffrey Carney, Louisiana State University
SKIN Follow-Up Panel: The Impact of Embodied Presence in a Transformative Art Space – Neuroaesthetic, Therapeutic & Philosophical Perspectives1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room KHope Singsen; Jill Sonke, University of Florida; Chris Cuomo, University of Georgia
The Role of Landscape Installations in Climate Change Communication1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room QCarolina Aragón, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Exploring Social Relationships to Waste Through Storytelling, Artistic Interventions, and Visual Arts ResearchKira Hegeman, University of Georgia
Creating Public Health: Art’s Role in Culturally Responsive, Trauma-Informed Public Health Practice1:45-3:15pmUGA Center, Room RTasha Golden, University of Louisville
Overcoming the Brutalization of Humanhood: Implications for Arts Engagement and Scholarship#rowspanKinh T. Vu, Boston University; Andre de Quadros, Boston University
The Future of Memory: Art & Adaptive Matter for Resilient Communities3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room LStephanie Owens, Empathy Academy; Ulrich Wiesner, Cornell University; Morehshin Allahyari; Jenna Jambeck, University of Georgia
Embedded Artists Working Group

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3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room KMark Callahan, University of Georgia; Elizabeth Corr, Natural Resources Defense Council; Tyra Byers, University of Georgia; Kira Hegeman, University of Georgia
From “Bright Spots” to Visions of Enrichment: Mapping and Messaging for an Arts-Integrated University

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3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room QCory Garfin, Slover Linett Audience Research; Nick Rabkin, Slover Linett Audience Research
Sounding Out Spaces: Site-Responsive Sonic Art3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room RLauren Hayes, Arizona State University; Julian Stein, UCLA
The Mobile Coaction LabGene Felice II, University of North Carolina Wilmington
Experiencing Place Across Multiple Dimensions Using Virtual and Augmented RealityMicah Taylor, University of Georgia; Brian Orland, University of Georgia
Arts + Health Working Group3:30-5:00pmUGA Center, Room F+GJill Sonke, University of Florida
The Mobile Coaction Lab: Part II7:00pmLumpkin PlazaGene Felice II, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Check In Open8:30am-12:30pmUGA Center Lobby
Texas Tech’s Marfa Devising Intensive: Collaboration as Practice9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room LMark Charney, Texas Tech University; Rich Brown, Western Washington University; Cory Norman, Texas Tech University; Randall Rapstine, Texas Tech University; Shannon Robert, Clemson University
Expanded Cinema: Reactivating Space Through Projection

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9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room KNatalie Minik, Tufts University
The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room QAngela Richardson, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Marina Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Tad Gloeckler, University of Georgia
The Art of Collaboration: Enhancing Arts in the Campus Living LabDavid Gill, University of British Columbia; Deb Pickman, University of British Columbia
From Scratch: Integrating the Vision of Faculty and Administrators to Develop an Interdisciplinary Sustainability Design Masters Program9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room RLuis Rico-Gutierrez, Iowa State University; Mimi Wagner, Iowa State University; Andrea Wheeler, Iowa State University
Arts & Environment Gallery at the School for Environment and Sustainability: A Personal Vision Converges with a New School DirectionSara Adlerstein, University of Michigan
Impacts of the Arts and Interdisciplinary Practices: A Hands-On Workshop for Critical Case-Making9:00-10:30amUGA Center, Room F+GGabriel Harp, University of Michigan; Veronica Stanich, University of Michigan
design, Design, or DESIGN10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room LChris Garvin, University of Georgia
Hypostasis of Place: From Micro to Macro10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room KGabrielle Collet, International Foundation for Collaborative Creativity; Edward Gillespie, International Foundation for Collaborative Creativity; Sina Badiei, Graduate Student – Toulouse II University Jean Jaurès; International Foundation for Collaborative Creativity
Samuel Blenkin, Actor;
Nigar Jebraeili, University of East London; Stephanie Strong, Lancaster University
Citizen Artistry: A New Performance Model to Raise Social Awareness, Promote Dialogue, and Incite Change10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room QCynthia Johnston Turner, University of Georgia; Connie Frigo, University of Georgia; Timothy Adams, Jr., University of Georgia; Kim Toscano Adams, University of Georgia
Collaboratively Creating a Sustainable Arts Center with the Sisseton-Wahpeton OyatePhoebe Crisman, University of Virginia
Craft InSites: Perspectives on Inspiration, Location, and HistoryDemitra Thomloudis, University of Georgia; Motoko Furuhashi, New Mexico State University; Kerianne Quick, San Diego State University
What Calls for Design? The Question Concerning Resiliency10:45am-12:15pmUGA Center, Room F+GKatherine Melcher, University of Georgia
In What Ways Can Art, Architecture, and Design Inform the Sciences in the 21st Century?Filiz Ozel, Arizona State University, The Design School
Artful Rainwater Design: Celebrating Rain While Managing StormwaterEliza Pennypacker, Penn State University
Hip-Hop Therapy Proposal for Youth with a Chronic Illness2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room LCalvin Montano-Maceda
Love Letters: Violence, Counter-narrative and the Aesthetics of Repair in Archival TextsRowan Renee, University of Michigan
Night Sea Journey: Visual Testimony and Sexual ViolenceLaura Magnusson, University of Michigan
Persistence of Vision: Antarctica (PoVA): A Collaborative SciArt Installation2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room KVince LiCata, Louisiana State University; Patricia Suchy, Louisiana State University
2018 Emerging Creatives Student Challenge Grant Recipient: Makin' RainJennifer Ezell, Texas Tech University; Jesus Gonzalez; Jason Woodworth-Hou, University of Georgia
Reconstructive Theatre: A Theatrical Earthquake Experience2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room QAndrés Kalawski, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile; Cristián Opazo, Pontifical Catholic University of Chile
The Voice of the Future is FemaleSarah Fahmy, University of Colorado Boulder
Making Resilience Visible: Social/Environmental Research and the Visual Arts2:15-3:45pmUGA Center, Room RLauren Lake, University of North Texas; Dornith Doherty, University of North Texas; Katerie Gladdys, University of Florida; Jared Ragland, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Closing Plenary Panel - Promoting the Arts to Full Partner: A Discussion About Deep Arts Integration on Campus from Various Leadership Perspectives4:00-5:30pmUGA Center, Mahler HallModerated by Peter Linett, Slover Linett; Harry Elam, Stanford University; Saralyn Reece Hardy, University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art
Closing RemarksChris Garvin, University of Georgia; Jean Martin-Williams, University of Georgia; Marvin G. Parnes, University of Michigan
Closing EventEveningGeorgia TheatreA night of music performances and more brought to you by Moogfest and the Willson Center

Plenary Panelists

Nicholas Allen is Director of the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts and Franklin Professor of English at the University of Georgia. He has published several books on Ireland and its literature, has been the Burns Visiting Scholar at Boston College, and has received many grants and awards, including from the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Irish Research Council.  

Harry J. Elam, Jr. is the Olive H. Palmer Professor in the Humanities, Senior Vice Provost for Education, Vice President for the Arts, and the Freeman-Thornton Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education at Stanford University. Elam is the author of numerous books and in addition to his scholarship, he has been an award-winning professional director for over twenty years. As a decorated scholar and teacher, he has received more than six of Stanford University’s highest awards for teaching as well as national distinctions as: the Betty Jean Jones award for Outstanding Teaching from the American Theatre and Drama Society, the Excellence in Editing Award from the Association of Theatre in Higher Education and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Theatre Research. An inductee into the prestigious College of Fellows of the American Theatre, in 2014 Elam also received the Association of Theater in Higher Education’s Career Achievement Award, the highest distinction given to either a practitioner or scholar in the field of theater studies. Harry J. Elam, Jr. received his AB from Harvard College in 1978 and his Ph.D. in Dramatic Arts from the University of California Berkeley in 1984.

Cassandra Fraser is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Virginia, with joint appointments in Biomedical Engineering and the School of Architecture. She specializes in responsive materials for imaging, sensing and detection, specifically oxygen sensing biomaterials, mechanochromic luminescence materials and polymeric metal complexes. Fraser holds degrees from Kalamazoo College (BA 1984, Interdisciplinary: Political Theory, Theology, Philosophy, Women’s Studies), Harvard Divinity School (MTS 1988, Religion and Culture) and The University of Chicago (PhD 1993, Chemistry; advisor: Brice Bosnich). She was an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Robert Grubbs, 2005 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, at the California Institute of Technology (1993-5). At UVA, she was awarded a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, an NSF CAREER Award, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, and young professor awards from Dupont and 3M. She has been recognized with a Radcliffe Fellowship (2006-7), an ACS Green Chemistry Institute Sabbatical Fellowship (2006-7), a Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship (2012), a Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Residency (2013), and a Humboldt Connect Grant (2013). Fraser has led many innovative interdisciplinary programs at UVA including Color: Across the Spectrum, Science Careers and Society Forum, Biomaterials Workshop, Designing Matter Common Course, Metals in Medicine and the Environment, the Plastic Project, and Transduction. Her teaching and mentoring accolades include the Cavaliers Distinguished Teaching Professorship, Alumni Distinguished Professor Award, Jefferson Scholar Foundation Teaching Award, and induction into the University Academy of Teaching. She has engaged in numerous creative projects with artists, designers, poets, composers and dancers. She was selected as Scientist in Residence at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for Spring 2019. She has served on editorial advisory boards for Macromolecules and ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces and Materials Chemistry Frontiers. In 2004 she was named a National Associate of the National Academies, a lifetime appointment for service to the nation. In 2015, she was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Samantha Joye is Athletic Association Professor in Arts and Sciences in the Department of Marine Sciences at the University of Georgia. Joye’s research examines the complex feedbacks that drive elemental cycling in coastal and open ocean environments, and the effects of climate change and anthropogenic disturbances on critical environmental processes to gain a better understanding of how future changes will affect ecosystem functioning. Her work in deep sea extreme environments explores how microbial processes interact with geological and physical processes.

Peter Linett is chairman & chief idea officer of Slover Linett Audience Research, a social research firm for the cultural sector. He and his colleagues help arts organizations, museums of all types, science communicators, and cultural funders and agencies understand their communities, evaluate their impact, and experiment with new strategies for engagement. Linett has worked with Carnegie Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the American Museum of Natural History, Goodman Theatre, Folk Alliance International, Chicago Public Radio, the National Academy of Sciences, Cornell University, the MacArthur Foundation, and the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, among many other cultural and community innovators. He serves on the editorial board of Curator, the museum field’s leading peer-reviewed journal, and was previously the journal’s associate editor for theory and practice. He co-organized the Evolving Culture of Science Engagement initiative, which began in 2013 with a convening of game-changing science communicators at MIT. Linett was an associate of the Cultural Policy Center at the University of Chicago from 2008 to 2014, and has spoken at conferences and symposia in the US and UK. He serves on the advisory board of Guerilla Science. Linett lives in Santa Fe and Chicago.

Rebecca Rutstein – whose work spans painting, interactive sculpture and public art – is a visual artist who explores abstraction inspired by geology, microbiology and marine science. Rutstein has completed art residencies around the world, both on land, and at sea aboard research ships, collaborating with scientists through fellowships from Ocean Exploration Trust, Schmidt Ocean Institute and the National Academies of Sciences – Keck Futures Initiative. Through NSF funding, she is slated to make her first descents to the ocean floor in the deep-sea submersible, Alvin, in October & November 2018, with science teams from Temple University and University of Georgia. She has been selected as University of Georgia’s 2018-19 Delta Visiting Chair for Global Understanding with a yearlong solo exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art. Her work has been featured on NPR and in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post and Vice Magazine. With over twenty-five solo exhibitions, Rutstein has exhibited widely in museums and institutions and has received numerous awards including a Pew Fellowship in the Arts, an Independence Foundation Fellowship and a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant. Her work can be found in public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Temple University. Rutstein holds a BFA (Magna Cum Laude) from Cornell University, with abroad study in Rome, Italy, and an MFA from University of Pennsylvania. She has been a visiting artist at museums and universities across the U.S. and enjoys speaking about the intersection of art and science.

Paul Shrivastava, is Chief Sustainability Officer of Penn State University. He is also Director of Sustainability Institute, and Professor of Management at the Smeal College of Business.  Prior to this he served as the first Executive Director of Future Earth global research platform.

Paul is an academic entrepreneur.  He was part of the team that founded Hindustan Computer Ltd., one of India’s largest computer companies.  He founded the non-profit Industrial Crisis Institute, Inc. New York.  He founded the journal Organization and Environment, (published by Sage Publications).  He was founding President and CEO of eSocrates, Inc., a knowledge management software company, and the founding Chair of the Organizations and the Natural Environment Division of the Academy of Management.

Paul’s research uses science and arts to develop transdisciplinary solutions to sustainability challenges. His current focus is on implementation of Sustainable Development Goals. He is working with colleagues at Penn State, at Future Earth and at the United Nations to develop programs for implementing SDGs, and monitoring and measuring their progress. He believes that infusing sustainability across research, teaching, community and student engagement at Penn State University’s 23 campuses can help us implement sustainability across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Paul received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh. He has published 17 books and over 100 articles in refereed and scholarly journals.  He has served on the editorial boards of numerous leading management education journals. His work was recognized with a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award and IIM Calcutta Distinguished Alumni Award.

Sha Xin Wei is Professor and Director of the School of Arts, Media + Engineering at ASU. He directs the Synthesis Center for responsive environments and improvisation with colleagues in AME and affiliate research centers.

From 2005-2013 Dr. Sha was the Canada Research Chair in media arts and sciences, and Associate Professor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montréal, Canada. From 2001 to 2013 he directed the Topological Media Lab, an atelier-laboratory for the study of gesture and materiality from computational and phenomenological perspectives. He
established the TML at Georgia Institute of Technology in 2001, and moved the lab to Montréal in 2005 with the support of the Canada Fund for Innovation and the CRC.

Dr. Sha’s research concerns ethico-aesthetic improvisation, and a topological approach to morphogenesis and process philosophy. His particular areas of study include the realtime, continuous mapping of features extracted from gestural instruments (such as woven or non-woven fabrics) into parameters modulating the continuous synthesis of video, sound, and physical or software control systems. This technical work supports the expressive improvisation of gesture in dense, palpable fields of sound, video and structured light, and animated materials.

Sha’s art research includes the TGarden responsive environments (Ars Electronica, Dutch Electronic Art Festival, MediaTerra Athens, SIGGRAPH), Hubbub speech-sensitive urban surfaces, Membrane calligraphic video, Softwear gestural sound instruments, the WYSIWYG gesture-sensitive sounding weaving, Ouija performance-installations, Cosmicomics Elektra, eSea Shanghai and the IL Y A video membrane, and Einsteins Dreams time-conditioning instruments. Sha collaborated with choreographer Michael Montanaro and the Blue Riders ensemble to create a stage work inspired by Shelley’s Frankenstein, with experimental musicians, dancers and responsive media.

Sha co-founded the Sponge art group in San Francisco to build public experiments in phenomenology of performance. With Sponge and other artists, Sha has directed event/installations in prominent experimental art venues including Ars Electronica Austria, DEAF / V2 The Netherlands, MediaTerra Greece, Banff Canada, Future Physical United Kingdom, Elektra Montréal, and eArts Shanghai. He has also exhibited media installations at Postmasters Gallery New York and Suntrust Gallery Atlanta. These works have been recognized by awards from major cultural foundations such as the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology; the LEF Foundation; the Canada Fund for Innovation; the Creative Work Fund in New York; Future Physical UK; and the Rockefeller Foundation.

Sha Xin Wei was trained in mathematics at Harvard and Stanford Universities, and worked more than 12 years in the fields of scientific computation, mathematical modeling and the visualization of scientific data and geometric structures.

In 1995, he extended his work to network media authoring systems and media theory coordinating a 3 year long workshop on interaction and computational media at Stanford. In 1997, he co-founded Pliant Research with colleagues from Xerox PARC and Apple Research Labs, dedicated to designing technologies that people and organizations can robustly reshape to meet evolving socio-economic needs.

MIT Press has recently published Dr. Sha’s book, Poiesis, Enchantment, and Topological Matter.


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Student Travel Grants

Student Travel Grants, open to any undergraduate or graduate student currently attending a partner institution who would like to attend either our annual a2ru conference, the Emerging Creatives Student Summit, or any other a2ru event or workshop.

Scholars Program

The a2ru Scholars Program is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff from a2ru partner institutions from underrepresented groups with an interest in pursuing interdisciplinary study, research, and practice from partner institutions.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship is a wonderful opportunity to reach a critical mass of upper level administrators in higher education as well as leading industry professionals in the areas of creative placemaking, arts and health, arts entrepreneurship, arts research and more. Sponsorship of an event or advertising in our online and placard program will get your name and logo in front of some of the most influential decision makers in higher education and beyond. Help us support arts-integrated research, practice, and teaching and to bolster equitable access to the a2ru annual gathering. See sponsorship opportunities below.
For questions and logo specs, please contact Amy Tackitt, a2ru program coordinator.
Item or EventPriceSponsor Receives... 
Student Scholarship$1,000Acknowledgement on a2ru website, in online agenda, and event signagePurchase Now
Conference Website Banner$2,000On a2ru conference homepage [includes 1 complimentary registration]Purchase Now
Breakfast$5,000Placards and signs acknowledgement in online agenda and event signage [includes 2 complimentary registrations]Purchase Now
Coffee Break$1,000Acknowledgement in online agenda and program, event signage [includes 1 complimentary registration]Purchase Now
Artist Exhibit$5,000Acknowledgement on a2ru website, in online agenda and event signage [includes 2 complimentary registrations]Purchase Now
a2ru Partner Networking Luncheon$5,000Help us celebrate 5 years of a2ru; Podium placards and signs acknowledgement in web program and event signage; verbal acknowledgement at part of presentation [includes 2 complimentary registrations]Purchase Now
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University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602
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Georgia Museum of Art
90 Carlton Street
Athens, GA 30602

UGA Performing Arts Center
230 River Road
Athens, GA 30605

Georgia Theatre
215 N Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30601

Lamar Dodd School of Art
270 River Road
Athens, GA 30602


University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education & Hotel
1197 South Lumpkin Street
Athens, GA 30602

A limited block of rooms has been reserved for October 31-November 4, 2018. The special room rate ($99/night) will be available thru October 12 or until the block has sold out – whichever comes first – so make sure to book early!


The closest airport to the University of Georgia is Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. The airport is approximately 75 miles from Athens; estimated travel time is 90 minutes depending on traffic conditions in Atlanta.

Georgia Center shuttles are available first-come first-served for conference and hotel guests from 7am-10pm Sunday-Thursday and 7am-12am Friday and Saturday. One shuttle runs at a time and can seat up to 10 passengers.