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Art as a Catalyst to Integrate Art & Science – an example from Wesleyan University

Involving intense interdisciplinary collaboration around a common objective or theme.

Feet to the Fire is a major undertaking on Wesleyan’s campus using art as a catalyst to examine critical environmental issues through multiple lenses, from science to art. This program is dedicated to the proposition that a multidisciplinary examination that includes art will provide a more comprehensive and deeper understanding of these global issues.

Feet to the Fire is a major undertaking on Wesleyan’s campus to examine critical environmental issues through multiple lenses, from science to art.

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High-impact centrality — Using the arts to provoke civic dialogue at California State University, Long Beach

Focusing arts-based programming on a common theme coordinated by a central entity with activities unfolding across campus with diverse partners

The B-Word Project is a major interdisciplinary collaboration led by the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at Cal State. The topic was selected for its potential to integrate curricula and events in a meaningful way, enrich the university’s scholarship and service activities through the thoughtful introduction of relevant guest speakers/artists, and position the theater as an active participant in academic programs.

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Cross Team Planning – an example from Montclair State University

Thoughts on the creative thinking course CRTH-151 at Montclair State University that involved faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy & Religion, Theatre & Dance, Music Education, Sciences/Physics and Marketing:

Thoughts on the creative thinking course CRTH-151 at Montclair State University that involved faculty from Computer Science, Mathematics, Philosophy & Religion, Theatre & Dance, Music Education, Sciences/Physics and Marketing.

Read about the key outcomes of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program ›


Meandering Multiplicity: Envisioning a Twenty-First-Century Creative Campus

Steven J. Tepper

In a recent article in the New Yorker magazine pianist Jeremy Denk recounts a summer at music camp at Mount Holyoke College, where he was struggling to learn a particularly difficult segment of Charles Ives’s demanding Piano Trio. His breakthrough came when he and friends drove a few miles off campus to the Connecticut River.

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Creative Thinking Project 2010-2012 at Montclair State University

The Creative Thinking Project with Montclair State University’s presenter, Peak Performances, focuses on innovative artists committed to transcending traditional boundaries between art forms and between the arts and other disciplines. The project integrated 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.

Montclair State University Creative Thinking Project 2010-2012 video summary:

Montclair State University Creative Thinking Project 2010-2012 video summary

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Students Learn Skills to Help Them Shape the Future

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth’s Remarks to Class of 2015 Families on Arrival Day 2011 – Students learn skills to help them shape the future:

Wesleyan President Michael S. Roth’s Remarks to Class of 2015 Families on Arrival Day 2011 – Students learn skills to help them shape the future

Students develop a range of capacities to create new opportunities and products:

Students develop a range of capacities to create new opportunities and products

Excerpts of Wesleyan President Michael Roth’s Speech to Wesleyan family members on Arrival Day 2012 – What Wesleyan offers is a pragmatic liberal arts education:

Excerpts of Wesleyan President Michael Roth’s Speech to Wesleyan family members on Arrival Day 2012 – What Wesleyan offers is a pragmatic liberal arts education

We want to educate the whole person:

We want to educate the whole person


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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What is Interdisciplinarity, and Why is the Artistic Lens so Important?

Placing the Arts at the Heart of the Creative Campus, a paper by Alan S. Brown and Steven J. Tepper, Ph.D, takes stock of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program, a six-year, $3.5 million grant initiative administered by the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the national service organization for performing arts presenters, with funding support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The overall goal of the program was to support exemplary campus-based performing arts presenters in developing programs and strategies beyond conventional practice that integrate their work across the academy, with the ultimate goal of elevating the role of the arts in academic life.

Within the academy, there is a growing awareness of the need to rethink our approach to knowledge and creativity. Many believe that academic and intellectual silos are simply not up to the task of meeting and addressing the pressing economic, social, and scientific challenges we face. The creativity and innovation necessary to solve non-routine problems requires interdisciplinarity. Moreover, new technologies drive opportunities for exchange across disciplines that were not possible in the past. And, student learning and engagement thrive when teaching is organized around student interests and real world problems rather than narrow disciplinary perspectives.

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