University Musical Society: Sustainability
The partners also worked on the fourth stated project outcome during Year 2: to sustain the project in future years through external funding. We took the opportunity to participate in an annual lecture series presented by the University of Michigan for alumni in Florida every February. Project leaders Ken Fischer and Joel Howell made a presentation about the project to approximately 110 alumni during the February 2012 Florida Seminars that included a request for continuing support. The talk did not generate any potential donors, but it helped the partners start to promote the project more widely among people with connections to UMHS.
UMHS is pleased to report that the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation invited and recently awarded a grant to them to conduct another year with a larger cohort, over the current 2012/13 academic year. Also, though the original plan had been to publish the results and analysis of the Creative Campus study outcomes at the end of Year 2, the researchers feel it would be wiser to wait until another year of research is completed before publishing, for two reasons: 1) It would strengthen our case to have the first-year trends corroborated by a second year of data. 2) If an article with preliminary results and analysis is published now and then followed up with a similar article a year later, the second article may have more compelling results but will not attract nearly as much attention.
Moving into the future, the partners plan to continue implementing the project, with UMHS staff members now overseeing project administration rather than a shared function with UMS. We were delighted when UMHS received a grant directly from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to support another year of research, with a larger cohort group.