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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (CAHSS)

Professor Bonnie Clark and DU's Campus Archaeology Project, University of Denver
Professors Larry Conyers and Bonnie Clark received funding to create DU's Campus Archaeology Project, an innovative initiative for community-engaged teaching and learning.
Transformative Priority Two

Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA)

Invest in the active cultivation of invention, discovery, imagination, creativity, teaching and learning through the Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA).

We have launched a center to re-imagine liberal and creative arts education. Encouraging a push beyond what's currently possible, the Center will function as a start-up incubator and scale-up accelerator by providing the space, seed money, and administrative support necessary for limitless experimentation through pilot projects, new academic programs, as well as signature programs such as the Center on American Politics and the Center for Art Collection Ethics.

The Center will ignite inquiry about, connection with, and solutions for current issues spanning business, nonprofit, government, and community. It will invent new models of courses and curriculum, including cluster courses, deeper experiential learning, and programs and curricula that cross disciplines.  Read the plan

Students present about Casa De Paz. The Clinic for Open-Source Arts supports the development of open-source tools for artists to create works with computer code.

Casa de Paz

This initiative encapsulates CILCA's focus on problem-based learning and collaboration across programs. It begins with a series of five linked service-learning courses in which students work with a local nonprofit, Casa de Paz, supporting immigrants recently released from the Aurora Detention Center. The initiative has expanded to include scholarship and community outreach opportunities, a symposium on immigration issues, scholarship, creative work and policy, and a digital data and storytelling "migrahack" to illuminate and offer solutions to immigration issues.

Clinic for Open-Source Arts

The Clinic for Open-Source Arts bridges arts and computing by supporting the development of open-source tools for artists to create works with computer code. Diversity will be central to this project, both in the recruitment of developers and in the creation of a variety of tools being used.

Participants in the DU Prison Arts Initiative attend a therapeutic arts program. Students participate in one of the experiential opportunities the Interfaith and Interreligious Dialogue Initiative creates to build cultural competencies.

DU Prison Arts Initiative

The DU Prison Arts Initiative (DU PAI) provides high-quality therapeutic arts programs to incarcerated people in Colorado, with the goal of empowering participants to improve the quality of their lives and prepare them to make positive changes in their communities upon release. DU PAI will expand therapeutic arts programming in Colorado Department of Corrections facilities with a series of workshops provided by DU faculty across a wide range of artistic disciplines. DU PAI will also develop the infrastructure for an innovative program for student involvement through an "inside-out" learning model. Students will be given the opportunity to gain valuable experiences in correctional facility-based classes with a vulnerable population.

Interfaith and Interreligious Dialogue Initiative

Through the Interfaith and Interreligious Dialogue Initiative, faculty will work to develop multi-quarter, immersive and experiential opportunities for students from all disciplines to think critically about the role of religion in the modern world. The project creates the opportunity to combine curricular and co-curricular programming, while providing students with critical cultural competencies for thriving in today's workforce. They will have opportunities to build expertise in areas that are of heightened importance to employers.

Praxis will support students as they complete projects that incorporate emerging and new technologies and practices across disciplinary fields. Sturm Hall is the location on campus for many of CAHSS's programs. CILCA will encourage further interaction among the different disciplines represented in CAHSS.

PRAXIS Transdisciplinary Keystone Experience Development

Inspired by a mission to foster "critical thinkers who make," the PRAXIS initiative will focus on preparing students to incorporate new and emerging technologies and practices across disciplinary fields through the study of critical theory. The program may culminate with research papers, literary/digital art, or entrepreneurial projects incorporating digital technologies and the emerging media landscape. These projects expand ideas about what types of actions make one a "critical thinker" and how these actions relate to questions of creating. The students will make the works they create public and accessible to a broad audience beyond DU.

More to come...

The Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts will continue to support faculty-driven projects that improve the student experience and serve the community. These new initiatives will help DU's College of Arts, Humanities and Social Science shape the future of creative and liberal arts education.


 The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation logo.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded $250,000 to the University of Denver's Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA) to develop the five major startup initiatives through the end of 2019.

Transformative Priority One | Transformative Priority Two | Strategic Initiative One | Strategic Initiative Two