Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru)
The Arts Initiative has partnered with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) on a project to map the considerable arts assets at the university. It seeks to gather the data necessary to understand and demonstrate the depth and breadth of the arts at the university. This pilot will result in a model instrument and protocol to quantify the arts landscape across higher education to enable deeper arts impacts research. The goals of the project are to make clear the value of the arts, as well as the unique set of skills students who engage with the arts acquire, and how those skills benefit their lives, careers, and communities. The project seeks to gather all formal and informal arts experiences on campus, such as degrees conferred, faculty research in the arts, performances, exhibit spaces, and activities of student arts organizations.