Round 1 Projects
Feet to the Fire: Exploring Global Climate Change from Science to Art was an 18-month project that included research and learning opportunities for students and faculty to explore global climate change through multiple lenses – scientific and artistic.
Art + Invention was a campus-wide arts programming initiative for the 2009-2010 year, designed to infuse the processes and values of artistic inquiry and creative discovery into the fabric of campus life and learning. The programming theme applies to public events and campus-based projects, courses, residencies, research, seminars, and symposia.
The Hopkins Center’s three-year Class Divide project was conceived as a cross-campus/community programming initiative intended to raise awareness and spark discussion about socio-economic difference in communities throughout the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Eye Piece is the culminating artistic work stemming from collaboration between Hancher Auditorium, the University of Iowa Carver Family Center for Macular Degeneration (CMD), the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Iowa, theatre artist Rinde Eckert, and University of Iowa College of Medicine Writing Program.
Carolina Performing Arts’ project over the 2007/08 academic year set out to undertake a campus- and community-wide exploration of the issues of capital punishment and their impact on the citizens of North Carolina. The discussion was grounded in the arts and engaged a wide variety of campus and community partners in a balanced dialogue on the impact of capital punishment.
The Lied Center of Kansas’ two-year project brought resident and touring artists together in the creation of a new artistic work in response to an interdisciplinary research investigation, The Tree of Life: Creativity – Origins and Evolution. Central to the creation of the artistic work was a collaborative dialogue between artists and scholars.
The Lied Center collaborated with Troika Ranch, the multi-media dance company founded by artistic co-directors Mark Coniglio and Dawn Stoppiello, on a new piece, “loopdiver,” which was influenced by the company’s work with patients at the Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital. Over a two year period, the company interacted extensively with faculty, students, and various campus and community partners.
The Hostos Center’s two-year project linked two major Afro-Caribbean cultural festivals to unique student study abroad programs, offered in partnership with the Hostos Community College’s Office of International Programs and the College’s Humanities Department. The festivals were BomPlenazo, a biennial of Afro-Puerto Rican culture that the Center has produced since 2000, and Quijombo, a celebration of Afro-Dominican culture.
Round 2 Projects
The Builders Association’s multimedia theater production, HOUSE / DIVIDED, realized during a series of Creative Campus residencies at OSU, is an insightful examination of the impact of the current mortgage crisis juxtaposed with passages drawn from Steinbeck’s classic novel The Grapes of Wrath.
The Secret Life of Public Spaces proposes that a rediscovery of movement (people), topography (surfaces), and devices (objects), based on inquiry and performance will reveal and recast the everyday dynamics of public spaces. Student performances will build on the interplay of movement and devices. Their explorations of community and campus spaces will introduce a third element – topography – and bring active topography to the theater stage.
At the center of Project Gilgamesh was a visiting artist, violinist and composer Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), who performed two public concerts during the span of the grant and was contracted for 30 residency days in Cleveland. DBR composed the music for a songbook of 14 songs that represented a contemporary response to the ancient Epic of Gilgamesh. Laura Kendall, Tri-C’s Director of Arts Programming, served as Project Director. The initiative proceeded on two tracks—academic and creative.
The Creative Thinking project integrates the creative approaches of visiting artists into the intellectual and cultural environment of the campus via the development of a new course designed to help students in all academic areas harness their creative abilities.
University Musical Society (UMS) and our principal partner, the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), planned and implemented our joint project, the Medical Arts Program (MAP), from 9/1/2010 through 5/31/2012. The overall goal of the project was to enhance the ability of medical students and house officers (called ‘learners’) at the University of Michigan to deliver high-quality, humanistic clinical care through immersion in and analysis of specially designed arts activities and to offer experiences in health care for artists.
Banned, Blacklisted and Boycotted: Censorship and the Response to It (The B-Word Project) was an 18-month campus-wide initiative, running from September 2011 through December 2012, at California State University, Long Beach.