BLACKSBURG, Va., Nov. 13, 2012 – Virginia Tech’s Institute of Creativity, Arts, and Technology is one of 10 leading university research groups forming a national consortium to explore best practices for integrating arts practice into the research university.
Virginia Tech joins Carnegie Mellon University; Penn State; MIT; Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of Colorado; University of Michigan; Vanderbilt University; and Washington University, St. Louis on the project, which is funded by the Mellon Foundation.
The 3 1/2 year research project was spearheaded by the University of Michigan’s Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, formerly known as ArtsEngine, and will result in the publication and dissemination of a comprehensive guide about arts integration at research universities, articulating models, and exploring implementation strategies on a variety of dimensions. The group will examine obstacles, costs, and implementation strategies, as well as the impact on students and faculty, specifically involving research, practice, and teaching.
“This consortium, which is composed of universities on the forefront of the arts integration movement, should provide guidance and illustrate impact for key stakeholders, such as university administrators, legislators, national science and arts funding organizations, and education agencies and associations,” said Ben Knapp, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology’s founding director.
The Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology is a founding sponsor of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities, which was established in 2011 to create a formal national network to support the integration of artists and arts practice throughout American research universities
A university-level research institute sitting at the nexus of the arts, design, engineering, and science, the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology is uniquely partnered with the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. By forging a pathway between transdisciplinary research and art, educational innovation, and scientific and commercial discovery, the institute works to foster the creative process to create new possibilities for exploration and expression through learning, discovery, and engagement. This includes preparing students in kindergarten through 12th grade and higher education environments to succeed in a world that demands teamwork and collaboration of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) disciplines; promoting new research domains that transcend institutionalized boundaries; and participating with people of all ages in the process of co-creation.
A team of students from the School of Architecture + Design recently installed at interaction installation of 740 kites made with mulberry paper at the Blacksburg Farmers Market. Members of the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology partnered on the project to add lights and sounds in an interactive way.