2023 Summer B Catalyst Grants
With support from the UF Office of the Provost, the College of the Arts invites applications from faculty and staff across UF to propose diverse, creative, innovative, and imaginative activities to animate the campus during the Summer B term. Applicants for the Summer B Catalyst Grants are invited to engage with the theme of Arts & Recovery. Priority will be given to proposals featuring national and international guest artists to involve UF students and faculty in the creation of original works commissioned for the world stage, nationally visible partnerships for UF that advance UF’s strategic initiatives in AI and globalization, integrative research and teaching across the UF campus, and connections to community and civic cultural programs in Gainesville. Funded activities should take place in Summer B: July 3 through August 11, 2023.
Established in 2010 with support from the UF Office of the Provost, Creative B is a summer program for UF students that brings together creative resources and energies across the campus to provide unique opportunities for incoming freshman and existing students during the Summer B term. Historically, Creative B activities have included a variety of live cultural performances like SwampDance and community band, interdisciplinary activities like movie nights and student art workshops, and unique experiential courses. With the common goal of creative synergy, these programs engage UF students and provide cultural offerings open to the public.
For 2023-2024, the College of the Arts has consolidated and reimagined the Creative B and Creative Campus programs. The result is a thematic program to engage students in Summer B through diverse, creative, innovative, and imaginative activities, leading up to production of a 2024 biennial summit around the two-year theme of Arts & Recovery to center UF as a national hub of innovation and emergent interdisciplinary creativity. In Summer B 2023, the UF School of Theatre + Dance will be hosting Puerto Rico-based theatre company Y no había luz, along with guest dance choreographers from New York Live Arts as residency artists to engage with students on the concept of Disaster and the Body.
The UF Creative Campus initiative was established in 2010 under the leadership of Provost Joseph Glover in partnership with Dean Lucinda Lavelli in the College of the Arts, showcasing the University of Florida as a leader among educational institutions in forging a “Creative Campus”. The UF Creative Campus Initiative established educational settings that foster creativity in all disciplines, promoted new interdisciplinary interactions, and encouraged new ways of solving problems and formulating ideas. These in turn, fostered UF as an educational institution in which creativity, innovation, collaboration and empathy permeate academic life and impact education. Creative Campus Initiative projects included the Creative Campus Committee that granted Creative Catalyst and Scholar-on-Residence awards for interdisciplinary and inventive activities across campus, the Creative B summer program for students, and other activities that engaged the University of Florida campus and the larger community in unique and transformative ways.