2. What Is the Basis for Arts-Based Interdisciplinary Inquiry?

Social and cognitive scientists find increasing evidence that the arts provide a way of exploring, perceiving, analyzing and transforming the world that is well suited to today’s challenges.

Conscious Connections
Nancy Cantor

Nancy Cantor

Keynote address by Nancy Cantor, former Chancellor, Syracuse University

Today as we explore the many ways to imagine, create, and sustain two-way connections between artists and their audiences and broader communities, including universities, it’s important to underscore the transformative nature of these connections, especially when they are embraced deliberately, as this year’s conference theme of conscious connections suggests.

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Crossing Disciplines – an example from Wesleyan University

At Wesleyan University, creativity is an interdisciplinary pursuit. The goal of the Creative Campus Initiative is to elevate the arts as a means of teaching, learning, and knowing. This goal is being pursued through four program strategies.

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Creative Thinking – an example from Montclair State University

The Creative Thinking project at Montclair State University integrates the creative approaches of visiting artists into the intellectual and cultural environment of the campus via the development of a new course designed to help students in all academic areas harness their creative abilities.

Thoughts on the Montclair State University creative thinking course CRTH-151 with an administrator, a student, a mathematics professor, and an artist/systems designer:

Thoughts on the Montclair State University creative thinking course CRTH-151 with an administrator, a student, a mathematics professor, and an artist/systems designer

Playwright and director Robert Wilson talks about how a chance encounter with a deaf boy helped him create his first play and understand “how to hear:”

Playwright and director Robert Wilson talks about how a chance encounter with a deaf boy helped him create his first play and understand “how to hear.”

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