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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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:
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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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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:
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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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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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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:
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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The core campus partners at Montclair State University were the Office of Arts and Cultural Programming (ACP) and the Research Academy for University Learning (RAUL). Under the banner Peak Performances, ACP provides a place for innovative artists to create and present works across multiple disciplines. Artists include established and up-and-coming creators on a national and international level, as well as members from the College of the Arts. ACP’s role in the project was to identify and support the artists collaborating on the project, to spearhead project-related marketing and communications, and to provide administrative and documentation support during course development.
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Involving intense interdisciplinary collaboration around a common objective or theme.
Feet to the Fire is a major undertaking on Wesleyan’s campus 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.
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Dartmouth University’s Hopkins Center’s three-year Class Divide project was conceived as a cross-campus / community programming initiative intended to raise awareness and spark discussion about socio-economic difference in communities throughout the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont. Through a series of events, performances and residencies, the Hop aimed to both heighten their campus and community visibility, and to deepen their role in the higher education community at Dartmouth College. The Class Divide project began one-year prior to receipt of two-years of funding from the Creative Campus Innovations grant program.
Margaret Lawrence, Director of Programming, director Peter Sellars, faculty and students reflect on the Class Divide program:
Class discussion and analysis of educational impact:
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