UGA to host a2ru national conference in 2018; information session December 8

The University of Georgia will host the 2018 National Conference for the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) November 1-3, 2018 on the theme of “Arts Environments: Design, Resilience, and Sustainability.” The conference will be held in partnership with the UGA Arts Council and in conjunction with next year’s Spotlight on the Arts festival.

On December 8, from 11 a.m. to noon in Room Y/Z of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education, Maryrose Flanigan, associate director of a2ru, will lead a conversation about a2ru and the 2018 conference. Those who are interested in being involved with the conference and campus-wide a2ru initiative or incorporating its themes into their curriculum are invited to attend, including partners in the creative and performing arts, engineering, technology, environment and design, ecology, and in other departments, who have an interest in intersecting with the arts. The conference is an opportunity for students and faculty to engage in a conversation about the arts, environment, and technology. Please RSVP to Dr. Lloyd Winstead (, senior associate director at the Willson Center, by December 4.

a2ru is a partnership of more than 40 institutions committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.