Discovery Workshops

Creativity and Community     Arts and Public Health     Climate Futures

  • Are you interested in how the arts, humanities, sciences and engineering can shape communication about public health?
  • Are you interested in virtual worlds that solve real problems?
  • Do you like working in teams that bring multiple skills, practices and knowledge to change our thinking about health and community?
  • Are you excited by the idea of working in a team at the intersection of the arts, humanities, sciences and engineering, in big data and AI?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you should apply to be a member of our first cohort of the Creativity and Community Discovery Workshops Pilot Program.  As a member of the cohort, you’ll explore a core theme to help understand community needs, have the opportunity to contribute your unique talents to a diverse team, pitch your team concept, and chart a path to potentially bring creative ideas to reality for meaningful impact.

The cohort will meet weekly for six weeks. Workshops will be 1.5 hours at a mutually agreeable time at locations moving between the Innovation Hub, the Lamar Dodd School of Music, the Athenaeum, and DigiLab to enable participants to become familiar with each of these campus locations. Here’s what we’re planning for the six workshops:



  • Two facilitated workshops on the Core Themes
  • Three facilitated workshops on Discovery Practice
  • Group Creativity Summit during the Spotlight on the Arts Festival
    • Week 1: Cohort Self Discovery: Sharing Interests, psychological safety, etc.
    • Week 2: Discovery 101
    • Week 3: Facilitated workshop on Creativity and Community
    • Week 4: Facilitated workshop on Arts and Public Health/ Climate Futures
    • Week 5: Pitch your team idea
    • Week 6: Creativity Summit during the Arts Festival

Teams will be eligible to receive funding support to develop their pitches.  The pitch themes developed through this pilot program will inform the research topics of a pre-seed program targeted to support the formation of new interdisciplinary faculty teams to help advance these topics.

Stay tuned for further information.

 For more information, contact: Ian Biggs, Larry Hornak, Mark Callahan