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EDGE EFFECTS: 2014 A2RU (Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities) NATIONAL CONFERENCE

Wednesday, November 5 – Saturday, November 8, 2014
Iowa State University, Ames, IA



The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of thirty institutions committed to the expansion of the arts in research universities and ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice. The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for faculty, deans, administrators, funders, leaders and students from any discipline who engage in arts-integrative interdisciplinary efforts to convene and share ideas, best practices, research, creative work and networks.

1576-mediumThe theme for the a2ru 2014 National Conference is Edge Effects, which serves as an apt analogy for the great wealth of arts-integrative interdisciplinary research, curricula and creative practices in which a2ru partners engage. At these edges scholars and creators from the arts and other disciplines form unique relationships, make creative and scholarly adaptations and, in many cases, create new fields, knowledge and modes of creative expression.

The “edge effect” refers to the changes in population and diversity of species where habitats meet, compete and overlap. In these boundary spaces, or edges, ecologists often find greater numbers of species from both habitats, as well as greater biodiversity than found in either. The edge is where we find plants and animals from each habitat that form unique relationships, make adaptations and contribute to the emergence of new species.

Expected Outcomes
The a2ru 2014 National Conference will establish:

1) Multiple forums for open and nuanced conversations about the opportunities and challenges faced by peers who engage in arts-integrative interdisciplinary work in the research university. This includes, but is not limited to, separate conversations for those at the administrative level, the faculty level, those focused on research, and those focused on curricula and students.

2) Strategic roundtables based on particular fields or arts-integrative interdisciplinary manifestations (e.g. data visualization, computer science/music, additive manufacturing/sculpture, art/medicine, and others).

3) Presentation space for research, curricula and community-based projects in the epistemological “third space” between and within the arts and other fields (especially sciences/technological fields).

4) Opportunities for attendees to share best practices, tools, research and networks, and to learn from both established and emerging scholars and practitioners.

Regular Rate: $225

a2ru Partner Discount Rate: $195 (for anyone affiliated with an a2ru Partner University)

Student Rate: $150

“Early Bird” registration lasts until Sept. 9th; all rates increases by $75 thereafter.

Hotel Accommodations
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at Iowa State University

$99 / night

Please visit this link and use the group code: AAR14

Shuttle service from hotel to campus will be provided

Speakers Include:
Mariët Westermann, Vice President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Carlos Manjarrez, Director of the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, IMLS
Sarah Bainter Cunningham, Executive Director of Research, School of the Arts, VCU
R. Benjamin Knapp, Director of the Institute for Creativity, Arts & Technology, Virginia Tech
JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Director of the Allosphere Research Facility, California NanoSystems Institute, UCSB
Andy Schulz, Associate Dean for Research, College of Arts & Architecture, Penn State
Carmon Colangelo, Dean of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, WUSTL
Ian David Moss, Research Director of Fractured Atlas / Founder, Createquity
Dennie Palmer Wolf, Principal at WolfBrown, Community Arts Education
Erica Muhl, Dean of the Roski School of Art and Design, USC
and more

QUESTIONS? Please email Lauren Fretz Thompson, a2ru Education Specialist. More information on the conference schedule will be available soon.

MEMBER OF THE PRESS? Please email Michelle Krell Kydd, a2ru Communications Specialist, for inquiries regarding attendance and interviews with a2ru staff /leadership. The hashtag for the event is #a2ruEdge.

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