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A Message from a2ru's Interim Executive Director

Greetings! The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is pleased to share several exciting developments and updates with you. In this e-newsletter you will find links to details about, and the schedule for, Edge Effects: the a2ru 2014 National Conference. a2ru is also very pleased to announce the appointment of our incoming Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Baefsky! And be sure to read about a2ru's cutting-edge research papers below.

Edge Effects: the a2ru 2014 National Conference

a2ru's 2014 National Conference, Edge Effects, will highlight the amazing arts-integrative interdisciplinary research, curricula, and creative practices faculty conduct at our partner institutions and beyond. Entirely focused on the work conducted at disciplines' "edges," this conference also provides space and forums for those who administer such work, assess its impacts, and optimize organizational and structural support to make it a sustained reality. 

To find out more about the conference, including the full schedule of presentations and events, click here. Edge Effects: the a2ru 2014 National Conference, will be hosted by Iowa State University, November 5-8, 2014. We encourage you and your colleagues to attend and see how the future of work with and through the arts and design - and their partnerships with other disciplines and fields - is transforming the landscape of higher education in the U.S. Click here to register. We look forward to seeing you in November!

a2ru White Papers

Based upon their unprecedented research, a2ru staff have authored several white papers for leaders at its partner institutions in recent weeks. One white paper, entitled "Perspectives on Arts-Integrative Interdisciplinary Training: Student Views and Experiences on a2ru University Campuses," provides academic leaders and faculty an aggregate view of student perspectives on the value of interdisciplinary training, student reactions to efforts and opportunities underway on their home campuses, needs currently unmet, and challenges student face and experience within that context.

Another white paper, "From the Outside In: The Benefits of Arts-Integration to Arts Practice," provides perspective regarding the many ways in which arts-integrative efforts and initiatives also serve arts practice and practitioners within research universities - not solely those with whom artists partner and collaborate. 
Photo courtesy of Yuto Watanabe

a2ru's New Executive Director

Please join us in welcoming a2ru's new Executive Director, Dr. Laurie Baefsky! Baefsky earned a Bachelor of Music from California State University, Fullterton, a Master of Music in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan, and a Doctorate of Music Arts - also in flute performance - from Stony Brook University. Additionally, Baefsky brings to a2ru a great wealth of fundraising experience and arts leadership. Spending her career directing arts programs within the university and not-for-profit sectors, Baefsky was most recently the founding director of Utah State University's ArtsBridge, which is part of ArtsBridge America: a national consortium of universities that leverages the arts as a tool to transform communities. 

We at a2ru would also like to acknowledge and extend our deep appreciation to the members of the search committee for their many efforts on the organization's behalf.

How to Become an a2ru Partner

Currently composed of 30 top-tier institutions, a2ru is committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs and creative practice between the arts and other disciplines.

Whereas other organizations focus their energies on the nascence of interdisciplinary inquiry or insufficient funding for the arts, a2ru attends to the critical mass of arts-integrative interdisciplinary efforts that has already emerged and addresses the next generation of challenges they face. a2ru also enables research universities to make more informed decisions while mitigating risks associated with engaging innovative interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching and creative practice.

We look forward to continuing to serve partner institutions in this crucial moment by providing unification for the many instances of arts-integrative interdisciplinary research and curricula and the tools to transform the institutionalized norms that determine the success of such efforts and initiatives.

Partnership in the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) remains open. Full information about how to become a partner as well as our Phase I activities and membership can be found by clicking here.
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