Two interdisciplinary student teams were awarded Student Challenge Grants by the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) to pursue projects on water sustainability: “Let Water Be Water” and “Alliance for Arts + Rights of Nature.” “Let Water Be Water” was awarded $3,000 plus travel support and will explore immediacy, transparency, and relevance by animating environment impact data sets. This team includes Dorsey Kaufmann, first year MFA in Illustration + Design at the University of Arizona; Nima Hamidi, a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition from the University of Iowa; and third year undergraduate in Computer Science, Addison Kaufmann, also from the University of Arizona.
Teams will work over the course of the summer and will present on their projects at a gathering of research university administrators, faculty, staff, and students this fall at the 5th Annual National a2ru Conference: Arts in the Public Sphere: Civility, Advocacy, and Engagement November 1 – 4, 2017, hosted by Northeastern University, with co-host a2ru partners including Boston University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University.
A2ru supports interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs, and creative practice between the arts, science, and other disciplines. A2ru invites Emerging Creatives Student Summit attendees to submit funding requests for interdisciplinary team projects that address a social, community, societal, or real-world problem.
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