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Research + the Arts

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The arts exist to stretch us, to push our understanding of the world, and to add creativity to the structured. They fuel curiosity to see the everyday in innovative ways. The arts at MSU are a catalyst to take discovery to the next level.

The STEAMpower Project

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A key initiative in the innovation pillar of Arts MSU, the STEAMpower Project convenes visiting artists-in-residence, leading MSU researchers and artists, and graduate students across disciplines to collaborate around important global challenges. Collaborators and design teams work together in a dedicated space, the fourth floor of the MSU’s STEM Teaching and Learning Building.


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MSUFCU Arts Power Up Art Residency


The MSUFCU Arts Power Up Art Residencies will bring two artists each year to MSU’s campus to work alongside faculty and students at the intersections of arts and sciences. The inaugural artists will be in residence in spring 2023.

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A2ru Partner

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a2ru is an organization that builds community and drives transformative culture change for the arts and arts integration in higher education.  As a partner institution of a2ru, MSU offers opportunities for faculty, staff and students to participate in a2ru’s events and programs.


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Immersive Visualization Institute

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The Immersive Visualization Institute offers graduate students and faculty mentors a unique opportunity to explore MSU’s “ecosystem” of immersive visualization technologies, leading to new course integrations, research applications, teaching methods, and artistic works.

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