From Critiques to Collaboration: Best Practices for Arts Integration

Friday, November 2, 2018, 10:45am-12:15pm

This is a hands-on workshop for administrators, faculty, and staff to identify and share old, new, and emerging techniques for arts integration. Participants will be introduced to the framework that a2ru is using to uncover and describe best practices, some example culled from our research, and led in an activity to uncover their own best practices. The session will conclude with participants sharing and discussion around how best practices can be applied.


Gabriel Harp is the Research Director for a2ru, where he leads the Mellon SPARC (Supporting Practice in the Arts, Research, and Curricula) project and the rest of a2ru’s research agenda. The SPARC project makes use of hundreds of interviews with faculty and academic leadership from over 35 research universities—as well as supporting materials and documents—to identify and highlight patterns and practices for arts-driven research, collaborative know-how, curriculum, and organizational design in higher education. Prior to joining a2ru and the University of Michigan, Gabriel led strategic foresight, organization change design, large-scale social science-driven research initiatives, arts research, and software design projects for the Institute for the Future, ecoAmerica, XPLANE, Microsoft, Intel, WattTime, GE, CoClimate, The World Health Organization, the California Community College System, and Nokia. From 2007 -2011 Gabriel helped launch lab and research programs fusing experimental art, design, technology, and public policy in Bangalore for the Center for Study of Science Technology and Public Policy, the Center for Knowledge Societies, and the Srishti Institute of Art, Design, and Technology. Gabriel still draws on his formative training in evolutionary ecology and genetics (Indiana University) and the arts and design (University of Michigan) to guide his current research practice areas.


Veronica Dittman Stanich holds a PhD in Dance Studies from the Ohio State University. Her interview- and observation-based research investigating audience responses to postmodern dance has been published in Dance Chronicle and presented to the Congress on Research in Dance. Additional research into arts-integrated teaching at the University of Michigan has resulted in whitepapers and case-studies circulated across the university. Currently, she is working with a2ru’s Research Director to analyze and synthesize interview data on arts integration impacts; issues around tenure and promotion for those engaged in arts, design, and interdisciplinary practices; and collaboration. She continues to teach undergraduate courses in writing about performance and in dance.




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