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U of M conference shines spotlight on the "creative process"

U of M's conference looks at why art making is important at research universities.
Dani Davis
U of M's conference looks at why art making is important at research universities.

The “creative process” will take center stage at a conference this week at the University of Michigan.

Theresa Reid heads up ArtsEngine at the University of Michigan, and she believes “art making” should have a higher profile at research universities:

"Some 1500 CEOs identified by IBM listed creativity as the #1 trait needed among its business leaders, so we’re looking to help enhance creativity among the undergraduates that attend U of M and across the country."

To that end, Reid says the conference will focus on how and why research universities should integrate arts making. Panels will run the gamut from  funding to scientific research of the creative process on the human brain.

Researchers from U of M, Michigan State University and Wayne State University will be in attendance, as well as scholars from more than 35 other universities around the country.

"The Role of Art-Making and the Arts in a Research University" will be held May 4 - 6 on U of M's main campus.



Jennifer is a reporter for Michigan Radio's State of Opportunity project, which looks at kids from low-income families and what it takes to get them ahead. She previously covered arts and culture for the station, and was one of the lead reporters on the award-winning education series Rebuilding Detroit Schools. Prior to working at Michigan Radio, Jennifer lived in New York where she was a producer at WFUV, an NPR station in the Bronx.
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