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2023 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

2023 Emerging Creatives Student Summit

As a member institution of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), UGA may nominate up to four student representatives. Please contact for more information about how to participate.

How can innovative design help us build a more sustainable, equitable future where we all can thrive? How can we best harness new technologies alongside design and future thinking to address our most pressing global concerns?

This year’s Emerging Creatives Student Summit, “The Future: By Design,” will be hosted by the University of Cincinnati at its brand-new Digital Futures Building in Cincinnati’s Innovation District. Digital Futures is a community of experts who partner with government, industry, and the community to deliver reliable and lasting solutions to the real problems impacting people’s lives.

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Mini Grants Fall 2022

Idea Lab Mini Grants support new creative interdisciplinary projects with mentorship and funding. Collaborative teams must include participants from multiple disciplines and include at least one student, faculty, or staff member from UGA. Congratulations to our new mini grant recipients!

Towards Analog I/O of Generative Art

Towards Analog I/O of Generative Art will introduce analog elements into the real-time creation of generative artwork through the use of a MIDI a robotic pen-plotter.

Project participants

Sudhan Chitgopkar, Computer Science
Gerasim Iliev, Mathematics

Unwearable Soundscape

Unwearable Soundscape will develop the use of piezoelectric transducers to create a large-scale musical instrument and an immersive form of music creation that can be both improved and composed for by future innovators.

Project participants

Grayson Pynn, Music
Jacob Robertson, Engineering

“Mate”, Materia and Materiales: Math, matter and materials, a bilingual elementary school STEAM project

“Mate”, Materia and Materiales integrates STEM and Art for bilingual elementary school students through fiber arts.

Project participants

Elizabeth Dubberly, Language and Literacy Education
Emma Scott, Art

Expression of the Superorganism

Expression of the Superorganism will explore art created by ants as a post-humanist aesthetic dimension of being, reframing perceptions of the creative spirit in the natural world.

Project participants

Jiayi Guo, Art Education
Horace Zeng, Entomology

Down the Rabbit Hole

Down the Rabbit Hole is an opera composed and produced by a collaborative team of undergraduate and graduate students, based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and directed by Abigail Head.

The Critical Response Process in Action

The Critical Response Process in Action:
A webinar in celebration of the release of Critique Is Creative

Friday, November 4 at 12:30 PM

Over the course of 30 years, Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process (CRP) has transformed the practice of feedback in arts, education, and civic life. Both a structured method and a flexible set of principles, CRP is now the focus of its first in-depth study in book form. Join us for this celebration of the release of Critique Is Creative: The Critical Response Process in Theory and Action to hear from co-authors Liz Lerman and John Borstel and some of 21 contributors to the book’s exploration of CRP and its applications. With samples from the book and lively conversation, the session will touch on such topics as:

– What do we mean by “good feedback” and how can it enhance creative process?

– How do feedback principles like relationship-building, agency, and inquiry function in teaching and learning?

– How can changes in the ways we give and get feedback impact current-day reckonings of equity, justice, and consent?

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Down The Rabbit Hole

Down The Rabbit Hole, an Opera in One Act

Thursday, October 6 at 5:30 PM
Lyndon House Arts Center

Friday, October 14 at 5:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center, Ramsey Hall

All performances are free and open to the public

Down the Rabbit Hole is a one act opera based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This production aims to engage new audiences, particularly the young and the young at heart, with both new compositions and opera as an art form while also creating performance opportunities for undergraduate singers and instrumentalists. The familiar story, presented through whimsical music, is brought to life through this operatic retelling. Music by Bryan Wysocki and Julien Berger. Libretto by Abigail A. Head. Supported in part by an Idea Lab Mini Grant.

Athens Hip Hip Harmonic Residency

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
October Residency

Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music. It started with a simple question: What would happen if a Hip Hop artist and a classically-trained composer co-created a piece of music? Answer: Come to these events to find out!

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