The arts increasingly are taking center stage on many colleges and university campuses in hopes of fostering more creativity. A very challenging and bold initiative, The Creative Campus initiative, a program of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, is leading the way in in making the arts central to academic life.
The Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program grew out of a March 2004 American Assembly
meeting at Columbia University, where more than 60 arts and higher education leaders gathered to
examine the factors that characterize effective partnerships in education and the arts, and the projects, proposals, curricula, and creative forces that make such partnerships work. Convened by the Ford Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Dana Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, Pfizer and the Altria Group, the ideas was simply “to examine the factors that characterize effective partnerships in education and the arts: the projects, proposals, curricula, and creative forces that make such partnerships work.”
In a 2012 white paper, Placing the Arts at The Heart of The Creative Campus, researchers for the project Alan S.Brown, principal of Wolf Brown, and Steven J. Tepper, Ph.D, associate director of the Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, and Public Policy take stock of the creative campus grant program to date. In lieu of reading their entire report, read John Eger’s Huffington post on their work here.
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