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Photo from HOUSE / DIVIDED

Photo from HOUSE / DIVIDED

In terms of changed attitudes, we feel that this project and the validation of receiving one of the Creative Campus grants aided us in the demonstrating our commitment to contribute to learning and academic impact, particularly in areas on campus outside of the arts.  It also demonstrated our investment in partnering with academic areas and sharing perspective and mutual interest in achieving big picture goals of the university such as fostering cross-disciplinary learning through innovative opportunities.  With the elevation of our key campus partner, Mark Shanda, to serve as Dean of Arts and Humanities and also serve as a member of the Wexner Center’s board, this project cemented good will and generosity of spirit that will be instrumental in leveraging our future projects that share the same values as Creative Campus.  Already, the Wexner Center’s upcoming cross-departmental project that focuses on work by Brazilian innovators in all disciplines (with major funding from the Mellon Foundation) has benefited from the model of this Creative Campus project in its scope and enlistment of diverse academic partners.  Our deep and broad engagement of academic partners via Creative Campus has also had impact on how colleagues within the Wexner Center in the visual arts and media arts are thinking about their own creative residency projects and how they engage OSU students.  This, in turn, is informing our current institutional strategic planning sessions and core values discussions.

HOUSE / DIVIDED will carry the co-production credit of the Wexner Center and OSU Department of Theatre, as well as credit for input of campus partners and the Creative Campus Innovation grant on its upcoming tour in 2012-13.  The Department of Theatre attests that such initiatives assist them greatly in attracting top faculty and students.  We are particularly interested in tracking how other communities respond to the material that reflects the Builders investment in OSU students and the Columbus community in the final production.  This project builds upon our longstanding track record of sponsoring creative residencies with leading artists and also involving artists in classrooms, and its success will likely assist us in recruiting campus partners for future projects.  However, the unique level of funding that the Creative Campus grant provided for this effort is not something we can afford to duplicate within our own typical budget cycles.  Future projects here will be influenced by this experience in demonstrating that there is much to be gained for us and the artists that we work with to be open to the material that can be contributed via student and faculty interaction.  Student, faculty and community partner interaction had profound impact on the shape and direction of this production for the Builders, and it absolutely showed that there are many positive benefits in sharing this process with other partners.  The project evaluation process also demonstrated the value of employing formal methodologies in assessing engagement and the relative success of a project and the value of having our evaluation process carried out by partners within OSU.

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