The University of Iowa is in the midst of a dramatic revitalization of the Arts. In 2012 the Board of Regents has approved a $405M budget for the replacement of Hancher, the Art Building, and the School of Music facilities. These extraordinary new buildings, combined with our existing facilities, will give the University among the best academic arts facilities in the world. The new architecture creates an opportunity to propel the University into a leadership role in arts research and education and establish it as a national center of creativity.
In conjunction with these developments, the Office of the Provost, working with the Colleges of Engineering and Liberal Arts & Sciences, is supporting the cluster hire of eight new faculty members – who together will focus on exploring the use of emerging technologies and artistic practices to create new approaches to artistic production and performance.
The Public Digital Arts Cluster augments an existing strong cadre of faculty in the performing and visual arts, engineering, and computer science. The active participation of and collaboration with the Museum of Art and Hancher are central to the success of this effort.
At the core of the proposed cluster is a commitment to innovation and interdisciplinary collaboration in research, teaching, creative work and the public expression of the University’s creative research and scholarship.
Partnership between Public Digital Arts and Public Digital Humanities
The two clusters complement each other’s strengths, while providing strong opportunities for innovative research, interdisciplinary collaboration in concert with public programs.
Hancher, the University of Iowa Museum of Art, and the Pentacrest Museums are among a range of venues where the Cluster can showcase their creative and scholarly production to broad University and Iowa-wide public audiences. Online projects , made available globally, will expand the reach of the Cluster’s research.
The 2005 CIC Committee on Engagement defines engagement as “the partnership of university knowledge and resources with those of the public and private sectors to enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good.” The Public Digital Arts Cluster is enthusiastically committed to these values and goals.