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Creative Campus Initiative

Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

Arts Presenters is pleased to have been an organizing partner for The Creative Campus initiative which began following the 104th American Assembly at Columbia University, held in March 2004. The convening was supported by the Ford Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Dana Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, Pfizer and the Altria Group. More than sixty distinguished professionals gathered for over two days 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. All participants fully acknowledged that higher education and the arts together can generate imaginative and inspiring activities that benefit campuses, fortify artists and arts institutions, educate students, and stimulate audiences.

Animating the Creative Campus: Interactive Resource

In partnership with consulting firm Trudel|MacPherson, APAP has developed a toolkit extention to the Creative Campus website. Designed to allow presenters, academic faculty, and artists interested in the Creative Campus model, users can explore resources, best practices, videos, and case studies from the 14 Creative Campus grantees. Also featured are a call to action co-authored by Steven Tepper and Alberta Arthurs, and a customizable PowerPoint presentation for anyone interested in making the case for the performing arts on their campus. Access the resource here.

Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program

In 2006, Arts Presenters, with an initial award of $1,500,000 from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF), initiated The Creative Campus Innovations program to deepen the aesthetic experience and the expansion of mind and spirit through innovative partnerships between arts presenters and their colleagues based on campuses across the country. The program encourages collaborations between the academy (administration, faculty and students) and local community partners. Each project must meet the following goals: 

·         Integrate the performing arts into the education, service, and scholarly missions of the academy and engage chief academic officers and executive leadership;

·         Provide opportunities to deepen and expand the participation of artist(s) in the academy through long term residencies, commissions and/or other creative activities; and

·         Identify, document, and share lessons learned that will contribute to an evolving knowledge base and learning community for campuses and the wider performing arts and presenting field. 

In 2012, Alan Brown, WolfBrown, and Steven Tepper, Vanderbilt University, co-authored a paper commissioned by APAP. The paper synthesizes rounds one and two of Creative Campus and addresses "what's left?". Read the paper here. 

Round I Profiles and Outcomes 

In 2007 eight campuses were awarded one or two-year grants totaling $1 million to undertake innovative projects that had the potential to increase awareness of the value of and expand support for integrating the performing arts into the academy and the campus community. This page links to profiles and outcomes for each of the following Round I projects:

Dartmouth College, Hopkins Center for the Arts
Hostos Community College of the City University of New York, Hostos Center for the Arts and Culture
Stanford University, Stanford Lively Arts
University of Iowa, Hancher Auditorium
University of Kansas, Lied Cener of Kansas
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lied Center for Performing Arts 
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Performing Arts 
Wesleyan University, Center for the Arts

DDCF engaged WolfBrown to provide ongoing program evaluations and the findings in their report helped to reshape the process for the 2008 grant program.  

Round II Profiles 

In 2008, Arts Presenters received a renewal grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to provide a second round of grants to selected colleges and universities under the Creative Campus Innovations Grant program (Creative Campus) for projects beginning September 1, 2010 through May 31, 2012. Successful applicants are:

California State University, Long Beach, The Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Cuyahoga Community Collete, Tri-C Presents
Montclair State University, Office of Arts and Cultural Programming
Ohio State University, Wexner Center for the Arts
Pennsylvania State University, Performing Arts at Penn State
University of Michigan, University Musical Society

Sketchbook of Round II Applications: Concepts and Strategies on Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Learning

Arts Presenters is pleased to present this online “sketchbook” of commendable critical and strategic thinking drawn from the 31 Creative Campus Innovations Round II semi-finalists (including the six grantees' awarded projects) who were provided a small grant to further develop their plans.

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