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Welcome

A Message from a2ru's Interim Executive Director

Greetings and welcome! The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) has been quite busy, and we're excited to share a number of updates with you. In this e-Newsletter you will find information regarding the launch of our new website, the completion of the Round I Mellon Foundation Interim Reports on High-Level Arts Integrative Partnerships and Arts Integrative Curricula, a2ru's upcoming Emerging Creatives Student Conference at Stanford University, and other future developments.

a2ru Emerging Creatives Student Conference
a2ru will hold its inaugural Student Conference at Stanford University Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, 2014. The Emerging Creatives Student Conference is specifically designed to be skills and networking intensive, and is meant for undergraduate and graduate students from all disciplines - particularly those in technological and artistic fields. The centerpiece of the conference is of a design thinking "bootcamp" experience for students from a2ru partner institutions, provided by Stanford's prestigious Hasso Plattner Institute of Design. The conference is open to students at Partner Institutions only, and space is limited. Click here for more details.
If you are Faculty or an Administrator at a Partner Institution and intend to join us for this student conference, please email lfretz@umich.edu to RSVP. We would love to see you there. For more details and how to participate click here.
Interim Mellon Reports Released
We are pleased to announce the release of two Interim Reports based on findings from Phase I of the ArtsEngine Mellon Research Project. One Interim Report directly address the concerns of the a2ru Research Committee: what types of arts integrative research partnerships exist at research universities? What are the challenges to collaborative, arts integrative research? How are success and impact measured? Finally, how do institutions value and support such research? The second Interim Report addresses the concerns of the a2ru Curricular and Co-Curricular Committee: what methods and models of curricular are integration are employed at research universities? What are the impediments to such curricular efforts and initiatives, and how are they circumvented? And finally, how are course and programmatic impact and success evaluated? Future Interim Reports will be based on data collected in Phases II and III. To access these papers and learn from our cutting edge research to date, click here.
New a2ru Website Launch
a2ru is pleased to announce the launch of our new website! The new site features an extensive knowledge base, which houses a wealth of relevant research articles, curricular and co-curricular examples, articles on policy, tools for integration of the arts into higher education, and much more. The new website also features information regarding the many excellent examples of high-level arts integrative research, curricula, and co-curricular activities in which the arts are integral at each of our Partner Institutions as well as a centralized list of relevant granting opportunities.
a2ru's new website is accessible in three formats: general audience, Member Lite, and Member Pro. Member Pro is reserved for those who are from Partner Institutions, and they have full access to all that a2ru's website has to offer. Click here to create your account now!
Upcoming Activities and Developments
Committee Proceedings: In the near future, proceedings from the five a2ru monthly Committee Calls will be distributed to all Committee members on a quarterly basis. Stay tuned for summaries. 
Partner Only Content: a2ru will begin delivering regular, actionable white papers to Partners. Papers will address specific topics that arise in Committee discussions and emerge from the data collected in our research.  
Annual National Conference: The 2014 Annual National a2ru National Conference will be held at Iowa State University, November 5-8, 2014. 
Become a Partner
a2ru is committed to generating knowledge, advocacy, and resources that enable universities to integrate arts and design practices - fostering the next generation of highly adaptive creators and thinkers and furthering cutting edge research in and beyond the arts. We look forward to continuing to serve research institutions in this crucial moment for the arts and the United States' university systems. Partnership in the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities remains open. Full information about our Phase I (2013-2016) activities and membership can be found by clicking here
Our mailing address is:
The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
1400 Duderstadt Center
2281 Bonisteel Blvd.
Ann Arbor, MI  48109

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