About the Creative Campus Initiative – Reports From 14 Innovative Interdisciplinary Programs

In 2006, the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, with support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), initiated the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program to deepen the aesthetic experience and the expansion of mind and spirit through innovative partnerships between arts presenters and their colleagues based on campuses across the country. The program encouraged collaborations between the academy (administration, faculty and students) and local community partners. Each project was designed to meet the following goals:

  • Integrate the performing arts into the education, service, and scholarly missions of the academy and engage chief academic officers and executive leadership;
  • Provide opportunities to deepen and expand the participation of artist(s) in the academy through long term residencies, commissions and/or other creative activities; and
  • Identify, document, and share lessons learned that will contribute to an evolving knowledge base and learning community for campuses and the wider performing arts and presenting field.

In 2012, Alan Brown, Wolf Brown, and Steven Tepper, Vanderbilt University, co-authored a paper commissioned by APAP. The paper synthesizes rounds one and two of Creative Campus and addresses “what’s left?”. Read the paper here.

Profiles and Outcomes

Fourteen campuses were awarded one or two-year grants to undertake innovative projects that had the potential to increase awareness of the value of and expand support for integrating the performing arts into the academy and the campus community. This page links to profiles and outcomes for all 14 projects: