a2ru January 2017 Newsletter
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A Message from Laurie Baefsky, Executive Director

Greetings a2ru Partners and Friends,

A new year, a new academic cycle. a2ru is pleased to welcome the University of North Texas as our newest partner! Known for their nationally ranked jazz studies and fashion design programs, they have recently unveiled four new Interdisciplinary institutes of Research Excellence. I will be on their campus this January for the groundbreaking for a new four-story building coming to UNT campus - the 128,354 square-foot addition to the current art building - they do things BIG in Texas!

Upcoming: Our a2ru 2017 Student Summit kicks off February 8 around the theme of WATER. University of Florida will host ~100 students from 25 universities who have self identified in over 50 disciplines, coming together to tackle some of our most pressing water-related issues. Follow their progress via twitter at #a2ruH20. The next installment in the a2ru Circuits webinar series, addressing Declining Enrollment in Arts & Humanities in Research Universities, has also been scheduled. Info about the session, panelists, and registration for the webinar are available on the a2ru website.

Reports are out from our last pre-conference workshops in Denver, CO. Linda Essig, director of the ASU Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship directed the research and has recently issued our commissioned report on arts entrepreneurship in higher education with an updated field scan listing over 350 offerings in 168 institutions (a whopping 5-fold increase in programs within 10 years). Arts entrepreneurship programs are currently trending! Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Medicine at the University of Florida, has also just released a white paper exploring terminology within the field of Arts in Health.

2017 Conference News: We're pleased to announce the 2017 a2ru national conference, November 1-4, 2017, Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement. Our host this year is Northeastern University, with after hours parties and a Creative Placemaking pre-conference hosted by our other three Boston a2ru campuses: Boston University, MIT, and Tufts University. SAVE THE DATES!

The vital resources, far-reaching applied research initiatives, and your ongoing commitment to dynamic educational frameworks is an inspiration and leading voice in higher education. Read on...
Warm regards,

2017 a2ru National Conference
November 1-4, 2017
Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement

a2ru is excited to announce the fifth annual national conference will be held in Boston November 1-4, 2017. Conference sessions and reception will be held at and hosted by Northeastern University College of Arts, Media and Design with additional events hosted throughout by Tufts University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with Boston University hosting pre-conference working sessions on November 1. Requests for participation coming soon!

Addressing Declining Enrollment in the Arts & Humanities at Research Universities Webinar

Thursday, February 16, 2017
2:00-3:30pm EST

Register HERE!

Join us for the next installment in a2ru’s webinar series exploring the landscape of arts and arts-interdisciplinary efforts in research universities across the country. 

Panelists include: LeAnn Starlin Nilsson, Director, Academic Recruitment & Retention from Kent State University's College of Arts; Sheena Ramirez, the Portfolio, Audition & Recruitment Coordinator from the College of Visual & Performing Arts at James Madison University; Dean Noel Zahler from Texas Tech University's J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts; Dean Todd Queen, Penniman Family Professor of Music from the College of Music and Dramatic Arts at Louisiana State University. Moderated by Arny Nadler, Associate Professor of Art and Chair of Undergraduate Art at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis.

Panelist bios and additional information available on the a2ru website

a2ru Programming Committee

a2ru is reactivating the programming committee after a two year hiatus. This group will work on conference planning and will work closely with a2ru's efforts to enhance student and faculty engagement on member campuses. Please contact Maryrose Flanigan if you are interested in serving on this committee. More information on committee work and process can be found on the a2ru website.

5th Biennial Pave Symposium on Entrepreneurship and the Arts

sponsored in part by Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation and The Kresge Foundation; presented in collaboration with the UW­‐Madison Bolz Center for Arts Administration

Arts Entrepreneurship In, With, and For Communities
May 5-6, 2017
Arizona State University

Framed by an interactive workshop on Critical Response Process by Liz Lerman and John Borstel, anchored by keynote speeches by Carlton Turner, executive director of Alternate Roots and Steven J. Tepper, Dean of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the symposium will include sessions on theory, practice, and pedagogy for arts entrepreneurship, as it relates to community engagement and creative placemaking.

Register by March 15, 2017 and receive a free copy of the Arizona Arts Entrepreneur Toolkit.

Pay-As-You-Wish Day Passes Available for
CAA 2017 Conference

CAA announces the Pay-As-You-Wish Day Pass (on-site only) allowing attendees to receive full, one-day access to the conference for whatever they want to pay. The suggested donation is $25. Attend for the day, and if you want to return the next day, you can do so at list price. For more information about the CAA 2017 Conference, please visit their website.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) advances the full range of arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice to acknowledge, articulate, and expand the vital role of higher education in our global society.

Partnership in a2ru remains open. Information on how to become a partner can be found here. We invite you to review the a2ru brochure outlining a2ru's key arts forward initiatives and partner benefits.

a2ru Welcomes New Member

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities welcomes University of North Texas as the newest a2ru partner.

Upcoming Emerging Creatives Student Summit

More than 100 students from 25 research universities will arrive on February 8 to form 20 interdisciplinary teams to problem solve around the topic of WATER issues—how to keep aquifers pure; the availability of water; public responsibility for clean water and public awareness of water issues. Faculty from University of Florida, along with visiting guest speakers, artists, and guest faculty/staff from member institutions will come together to tackle challenges together. For more about the 2017 summit, visit the summit website.

Arts Entrepreneurship Final Report Released

a2ru commissioned ASU's Pave Program in Arts Entrepreneurship research team to answer the question: "What is the state of arts entrepreneurship education in the United States in 2016?" This module, based on an original inventory of current arts entrepreneurship programming and pre-existing research in the field, addresses broad definitions of the field and key terms; trends and issues in theory, practice, and pedagogy; arts entrepreneurship research; arts entrepreneurship curriculum; the role of arts entrepreneurship in arts career services; smart practices in pedagogy and program administration; geographic map of programs, certificates and degrees; stakeholders; timeline of development of field; and other topics that paint a picture of the landscape of arts entrepreneurship in US higher education.

The full report can be found HERE.

Arts in Health Whitepaper Released

While there is tremendous growth in practices and programs that use the arts in support of health worldwide, there are significant inconsistencies in terminology used to reference the discipline. These inconsistencies are challenging for professionals within and outside of the field, and particularly so for educators. Inconsistent terminology makes it difficult for practitioners, educators, funders, policy-makers, service users, and the general public to define and reference the discipline, and decades into its formal development, continues to impede progress.

(Stickley et al, 2016; Dileo & Bradt, 2009; Raw, Lewis, Russell, & Macnaughton, 2012; Sonke, 2015; Sonke, Rollins, Brandman, & Graham-Pole, 2009; Sonke, Rollins, & Graham-Pole, 2016).

The full report can be found HERE.

a2ru Seeks Hosts for
2018 and Beyond

a2ru seeks hosts for future national conferences and student summits in 2018 and beyond. Benefits of hosting in collaboration with a2ru include:
  • Showcase your institution's resources, facilities, initiatives, curriculum, and leading faculty and student projects
  • Campus and national press coverage through newsletters, e-blasts, social media, and a2ru website; elicit powerful student-generated stories published both on their home campuses and a2ru website
  • Opportunities for faculty and staff leadership nationwide 
  • Stronger intra-unit relationships
For more information, contact a2ru associate director, Maryrose Flanigan.
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