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Curators for the 21st Century and a Call to Action

As arts groups look more deeply into their communities for legitimacy and creative material, they will require artistic leaders (i.e., curators) with different skill sets. Curators will be called upon not only to select and organize arts programs, but to diagnose need in their communities, seek out new and unusual settings for their work, forge partnerships with a wide array of disparate stakeholders, and, in some cases, cede a certain amount of artistic control in order to gain broader impact.

Learn more about the changing role and opportunities for on-campus presenters ›

The need for arts-based interdisciplinary thinking is not just an academic mandate. Shifting patterns of cultural tastes are deconstructing long-held definitions of art forms. As culture becomes more and more of a mash-up of genres and forms, the public has become more interested in artistic work that crosses boundaries (e.g., Cirque do Soleil). This is a wonderful but scary opportunity for arts groups, especially multi-disciplinary presenters, who must now consider breaking free of organizational and disciplinary silos and grow more comfortable programming cross-genre and inter-disciplinary work.

Read more about the importance of the Creative Campus in elevating the role of the arts in academia ›


Lessons Learned: Wesleyan University

Summary report on Creative Campus website highlighting project administration, pedagogical models and artist integration into teaching.

Summary report on Creative Campus website highlighting project administration, pedagogical models and artist integration into teaching.

Wesleyan Creative Campus Initiative overview:
Wesleyan Creative Campus Initiative Overview

Read the lessons learned at Wesleyan ›


The Changing Role of Artists

The 14 Creative Campus grantees used artists to explore and engage a wide variety of topics, themes and constituencies. Artists co-designed and co-taught courses with faculty members from other disciplines. They set new work on student ensembles. They collaborated with faculty artists. They received feedback on work-in-progress from students. During sustained residencies of up to several years in length, they visited campuses repeatedly, often staying for a week or longer, researching, teaching, creating, performing and interacting with all sorts of constituents.

Read more about the changing role of artists in the Creative Campus White Paper ›


Artistic Collaboration at Wesleyan

Rinde Eckert, a celebrated playwright, was in residency at Wesleyan as part of the Creative Campus Initiative in conjunction with the Theater Department. Eckert researched with Wesleyan faculty members Kari Weil and John Kirn as he developed a new play that was performed by Wesleyan students in 2012.

Rinde Eckert, Chief of Neuroscience, John Kim, and Kari Weil, Director of the College of Letters, describe how working together created bridges between art and science:

Rinde Eckert, Chief of Neuroscience, John Kim, and Kari Weil, Director of the College of Letter, describe how working together created bridges between art and science.

Explore the list of Wesleyan partners and collaborators ›


Resource Materials: Dartmouth

Dartmouth resource materials include project overview, planning documents, communications/dissemination strategies, documentation of commissioned works, student projects, video reports and evaluation materials.

Large-scale community art projects are among the ongoing outcomes at Dartmouth:
HOP Community Art Projects

Explore the list of Dartmouth resource materials ›


Resource Materials: Montclair State University

Montclair State University’s resources include videos, blogs and essays ›

Robert Wilson addresses Montclair State University students in the Creative Thinking course to talk about his creative process and inspirations:
Robert Wilson


Resource Materials: Wesleyan University

Wesleyan’s resources cover co-taught courses, for course modules, commissioned works, the eco-arts festival, the first-year common experience program and evaluation and documentation materials.

Wesleyan Common Moment 2012:
Wesleyan Common Moment 2012

Browse the Wesleyan resource materials ›


Changing the Way to Undertake Partnerships – learnings from Dartmouth’s Hopkins Center for the Arts (the Hop)

Dartmouth’s Hokpins Center Class Divide Project

Large-Scale Community Art Project at Dartmouth

The Hopkins Center’s Class Divide project began with a core set of partnerships, and these partnerships grew and multiplied over the multi-year project.

Administrator describes the architecture of the project and the goal of engaging multiple partners. Playwright Anne Galjour is the lead partner throughout the 3 years of the project:

Administrator describes the architecture of the project and the goal of engaging multiple partners. Playwright Anne Galjour is the lead partner throughout the 3 years of the project.

Musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock describes how music functions in African American communities to tell cultural and personal stories:

Musical group Sweet Honey in the Rock describes how music functions in African American communities to tell cultural and personal stories.

Class Divide addresses “invisible people” and why that matters:

Class Divide addresses “invisible people” and why that matters.

Design of the community advisory board:

Design of the community advisory board.

Artist residencies in local high schools:

Artist residencies in local high schools.

Community reactions:

Community reactions.

Student interns facilitate discussions/programming:

Student interns facilitate discussions/programming.

Read more about the Dartmouth Class Divide artist partnerships ›

The project changed the way the Hop undertakes partnerships. Importantly, the campus partners seem to more strongly desire ongoing interdisciplinary collaborations, and are approaching the Hop with new ideas for collaboration. Formally, during the Class Divide project evolution, the Hop became a voting member of the Dartmouth Center’s Forum, providing a formal mechanism for the Hop to be a partner in ongoing campus-based collaborative work.

The Hop institutionalized advance visits by artists:
HOP Institutionalizing Advance Visits by Artists

Read a summary of new ways a campus presenter acts and is perceived ›


The B-Word Project and Censorship

Peace Press Graphics Exhibition:
CSULB Posters

Peace Press Survey:
CSULB Survey

Annual Comparative Literature Conference:
CSULB Annual Comparative Literature Conference

Bill T. Jones in Rehearsal:
CSULB Bill T. Jones in Rehearsal

Pre and Post Class Survey:
CSULB Pre and Post Class Survey

Sustainability A Continuum of Integration noting activities at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center (CPAC):
CSULB Sustainability