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A Message from Executive Director Laurie Baefsky

Returning from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend and our recent a2ru National Conference, my introductory remarks are ones of thanks and gratitude. Thanks to Dean Luis Rico-Gutierrez and the leadership of Iowa State University for being the consummate hosts of the November 5-8 a2ru National Conference. Thanks to the 150+ presenters who led some truly amazing panels and plenary conversations - many of which will be available later in December via the ISU Digital Repository. Thanks to the dedicated a2ru partner leaders who arrived en masse, convening committees, planning â€œnext steps,” and supporting our membership through their tangible presence in Ames. And finally, a special thanks to the tremendous efforts of our dedicated a2ru staff for their continued work on the ground.

We look forward to many exciting developments in 2015, including a2ru's upcoming Emerging Creatives Student Summit: PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux, January 28-31, 2015 at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as to a2ru’s newly forming Task Forces responding to our membership’s needs. Please see below for more information about these exciting developments and more.

Wishing all of you the very best this holiday season! 

a2ru's 2014 National Conference a Huge Success!

Our deep thanks to all who were able to join us at Iowa State University for a2ru's 2014 National Conference, held November 5-8. Your contributions, energy, and cutting edge work demonstrated the great variety and depth of work within and across the arts in research universities. 

Featuring nearly 250 presidents, vice chancellors, provosts, deans, faculty members, and others in attendance; 150+ presenters; more than 50 panels, breakouts, and plenary discussions; and new arts experiences at the edges, it was a truly inspiring testament to the minds and efforts behind the arts-integrative national movement as arts and design practices move toward the center of scholarly life at leading research universities across the country. 

Transcripts of the plenary sessions, presentations, photos, and videos from the conference will be made available to the public via ISU's Digital Repository later this month. If you were a presenter, please upload your materials here.

Finally, please join us at Virginia Tech for next year's a2ru national conference, November 8-11, 2015! More details to come.

Co-Curricular Mellon Interim Report

ArtsEngine's latest white paper by Dr. Bruce Mackh,  Mellon Research Project Director, explores co-curricular activities across the a2ru network and beyond. You can be the first to view it here!

University of Colorado Denver Joins a2ru

We are excited to announce that the University of Colorado Denver is a2ru's newest partner university. This is a tremendous opportunity to learn from the entire university, and particularly our colleagues at the College of Arts & Media. We also look forward sharing our research and resources with their administrators and faculty, and welcoming them to our many upcoming events!

Emerging Creatives Student Summit at VCU, Jan. 28-31

a2ru is looking forward to its second annual Emerging Creatives Student Summit, hosted at Virginia Commonwealth University, January 28-31, 2015. This year's Emerging Creatives Student Summit, entitled "PULSE: Creative Collaborations for Cities in Flux," will coalesce approximately 100 students from its partner institutions across the county to explore creative interdisciplinary collaborations as a means to envision and help co-create the city of the future. Undergraduate and graduate students from a wide range of disciplines are encouraged to attend. Experts, special guests, and faculty mentors will guide student teams in developing and presenting innovative project ideas that have the potential to alter urban life in the coming decades. For additional information visit the student summit's website.

a2ru Task Forces: Get Involved!

a2ru is forming the following Task Forces to more quickly respond to movements in the field and to serve our membership’s needs:
  • Student and Faculty Initiatives
  • Research: Developing a Digital Co-Curation Platform and Peer-Review Community
  • Curriculum: Development of Pedagogical Assessment Methods
  • Advocacy: Cultural Policy
  • a2ru Sustainability and Recruitment
Please contact a2ru Associate Director, Tony Kolenic, at if you have an interest in serving on a Task Force. They are being organized now!

How to Become an a2ru Partner

Currently composed of 31 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.

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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