Composition x Conservation: New Music Inspired by Current Conservation Research
Saturday, February 17 at 5:30 PM
Special Collections Building Room 271

Free and open to the public

The 2024 Integrative Conservation Conference (ICC) will conclude with a performance of new music created in collaboration with UGA student composers and ICON PhD students.

Composed by Nkululeko Zungu, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
In collaboration with Janaki Mohanachandran, Department of Anthropology
Performed by William Freeman Leverett (tablas and voice)

Eventos Brasileiros: I. Na Foresta Branca
Composed by William May, Hugh Hodgson School of Music
In collaboration with Cydney Seigerman, Department of Anthropology
Performed by William May (horn)

Sunrises, Sunsets
Composed by Gianna DiMuzio
In collaboration with Hannah Morris, Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources
Prerecorded audio

Composed by Sydney Passmore
In collaboration with Alyssa Quan, Odum School of Ecology
Performed by: Bella Cabrel-Watson (flute), Allyson Kate Mckoon (clarinet), Jhonnisvan Campos(violin), Daniel Boscan (viola), Charlton Hills (cello)

Wild Potatoes
Composed by William Emde
In collaboration with Justice Britton, Department of Anthropology
Performed by Dalton Hooper, Trey Heaton, Josh Hadaway, Zachary Nelson (trombones) William Emde, Jonas Vetrescas (bass trombones)

Supported in part by the UGA Arts Collaborative.

For more information about ICC 2024, visit:

Conversation: Cydney K. Seigerman

Arts Collaborative Conversation: Cydney K. Seigerman
Friday, February 9 at noon
Lamar Dodd Building Room S360

How can performance arts and sciences contribute to more holistic understandings of human-water relations?

Join Cydney K. Seigerman for a conversation about their field research in Brazil that incorporates community-based theatre techniques to better understand local water struggles. Seigerman is a doctoral student in Anthropology and Integrative Conservation exploring how socionatural processes shape and are shaped by the lived experience of water insecurity.

Hosted by the Arts Collaborative student organization.


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Kondo, D. (2018). World-Making: Race, Performance, and the Work of Creativity. Durham and London: Duke University Press.

Madison, D. Soyini. (2010). Acts of Activism: Human Rights at Radical Performance. Cambridge: University Press.

National Science Foundation grant for arts and STEM graduate education

An interdisciplinary team of faculty are developing arts-based workshops with the support of an Innovations in Graduate Education award from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The grant provides $499,835 of research funding to the University of Georgia and represents a partnership of campus programs including the UGA Arts Collaborative and the Center for Integrative Conservation Research.

Co-principal investigator Mark Callahan notes that, “there is a strong interest among students in exploring creative approaches to complex global challenges, including climate change. Building on UGA’s strength in the arts and environmental sciences, the NSF grant enables us to better study the impact of the arts on future researchers and leaders.”

Based on student feedback and the success of pilot programs supported by the Graduate School and the Willson Center for the Humanities and Arts, a team of researchers from the arts, humanities, and sciences worked together to design activities to train students to think creatively, to collaborate across disciplines, and to work with people with different perspectives, knowledge, and values. The NSF award allows the team to study the effectiveness of the workshops and to generate the knowledge required to move these approaches into the broader community.

Project Team

Nate Nibbelink (Forestry)
Lizzie King (Ecology/Forestry)
Mark Callahan (Art)
Kathryn Roulston (Education)
Brian Haas (Psychology)
Meredith Welch-Devine (Graduate School/Anthropology)
Michael Marshall (Art)
Rebecca Gose (Dance)
Chris Cuomo (Philosophy/Women’s Studies)
Jenna Jambeck (Engineering)
Laurie Fowler (Ecology)

2024 Torrance Festival of Ideas

Torrance Festival of Ideas
April 23-25

The 2024 Torrance Festival of Ideas commemorates 40 years of the Torrance Center at UGA with the festival theme of creativity and learning. This global online three-day festival features presentations from world-renowned scholars on their pioneering ideas in creativity, learning, and education.

Registration is FREE but seats are limited! 

Reading Room: SNAAP Report

Reflections: Alumni Perspectives on Their Postsecondary Experiences in Arts and Design

The authors of this report, Dr. Jennifer L. Novak-Leonard & Dr. Shanita Bigelow, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, provide insights stemming from the 2022 SNAAP survey data. Specifically, they explore alumni reflections on the quality of their postsecondary arts or design experience and satisfaction with it, connection to their alma mater, and the likelihood of alumni to recommend their alma mater. This report was supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Integrative Conservation Conference

Integrative Conservation Conference (ICC)
February 16-17

ICC 2024 will take place at the University of Georgia Special Collections Library, with some hybrid and online options. This year’s theme is New Visions for Conservation. Since the inaugural conference in 2018, ICC has brought students, researchers, and practitioners together to share their work and collaborate towards different futures for environmental conservation.

The 2024 conference objectives are to:

  • Create opportunities for all attendees to question and re-imagine our own practices.
  • Value and center multiple ways of knowing, doing, and being by bringing together perspectives both within and traditionally outside of conservation.
  • Provide opportunities for student engagement, mentorship, and peer support.
  • Cultivate visions of, and collaborations oriented towards, more just and livable futures.

Supported in part by the UGA Arts Collaborative.

Ground Works CFP

Ground Works Seeks Submissions to its 2024 Collection

Exploring the possibilities of annual collections, Ground Works is pleased to invite submissions to a 2024 collection; Stage 1 submissions received by January 29 will be given priority consideration. All research projects that integrate the arts with other disciplines will be considered.

Ground Works is a compendium of projects, critically reviewed for their interdisciplinary research aims and impact. As part of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), select projects also receive further examination and analysis of the collaborative process in an effort to illuminate and understand the mechanisms and conditions that foster these innovative projects. Project contributors will work with a team from a2ru to rigorously articulate, document, and reflect on the modes of collaboration found within their work.