Welcome Fall 2023

Welcome to a new semester at UGA! If this is your first visit to the UGA Arts Collaborative website, please take a few moments to explore and learn about some of the current and past projects and events. You may be interested in joining the Arts Collaborative listserv, a newsletter with local events and opportunities in the arts.

Please also welcome our new recipients of Graduate Assistantships in Interdisciplinary Arts Research: Samuel Horgan (Art), Sierra Wojtczack (Music), and Cicely Osborne (Theatre and Film Studies). These exceptional graduate students will develop creative research and collaborative work across disciplines with faculty, students, and community members.

Note: The ICE website, newsletter, and social media have been renamed UGA Arts Collaborative, as part of a new identity for Ideas for Creative Exploration (ICE).

Strange Attractors

Strange Attractor Drawings

The new Arts Collaborative website and social media accounts feature drawings inspired by the Generative Garden exhibition, coded and plotted by Sudhan Chitgopkar.

Drawn to the aesthetic qualities of algorithm-driven art, Sudhan Chitgopkar uses generative art to explore his recreational interests in math. A recent UGA graduate with degrees in Computer Science and International Affairs, Sudhan continues to explore his interests in optimization, simulation, and visualization while studying computational science at Harvard University.

2023 a2ru National Conference

2023 a2ru National Conference
October 19-21
Penn State University


Deadline for virtual registration: Sunday, October 15

As an a2ru member institution, UGA will cover virtual registration costs for a limited number of a2ru conference participants. If you are interested in participating please contact mark.callahan@uga.edu before registering.

“What’s Next?: Imagining New Educational Futures for Ourselves, Our Communities and Our Planet”

The a2ru national conference is an opportunity for practitioners and researchers from across the higher education spectrum to share innovations and perspectives in the arts. a2ru advances the full range of arts- and design-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society.

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Creativity and Collaboration

Creativity and Collaboration
Fall 2023 GradFIRST Seminar


Open to first-year graduate students

Creativity and collaboration are fundamental to addressing today’s socio-environmental challenges. This seminar will include arts-based, STEM-friendly activities developed by UGA researchers from the arts, humanities, and sciences designed to help students to think creatively, to collaborate across disciplines, and to work with people with different perspectives, knowledge, and values. It will be an engaging and fun way to enhance the creativity that you bring to your own graduate work and your capacity to effectively participate in collaborative teams.

Co-facilitators: Mark Callahan (UGA Arts Collaborative) and Nate Nibbelink (Forestry)

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Dance Exchange OAC Climate Institute

Dance Exchange OAC Climate Institute
July 20 – July 23
Apply by May 10

Dance Exchange’s 2023 OAC Climate Institute will focus on the role of artmaking and creative engagement within the climate movement. The Institute will gather artists and climate workers from across the country to explore, energize, and advance creative solutions on the frontlines of the climate crisis.

The Institute is co-directed by Cassie Meador, Dance Exchange Executive Artistic Director, and Dr. Jame McCray, Interdisciplinary Ecologist and Future Fields Co-Director, with additional support from Amanda Newman, Dance Exchange Associate Director of Programs.

Webinar: a2ru Arts Data Project

An Update on the Arts Data Project at the University of Michigan: Insights and Opportunities
Wednesday, May 17 at 3 PM

As an a2ru member institution, UGA students, faculty, and staff may register for free.

This webinar is a follow up to Arts Data to Strengthen Casemaking: An Arts Asset Mapping Pilot Study at University of Michigan, presented in May 2022. Join this webinar to hear about the latest developments in this effort to determine standardized categories that can be used to measure the arts on campuses across the country; about challenges and opportunities the project presented; and about what’s next as we design future qualitative and participatory assessment phases of the project.

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