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2016 Festival

Welcome to the School of Arts and Communication’s third annual Creative Imperatives festival, designed to showcase innovative and thought-provoking work. I invite you to participate in the over thirty events offered in just three days: Sunday, February 28 through Tuesday, March 1. 




This year’s theme is Curiosity and Wonder: the Intersection of Art and ScienceWe have assembled an amazing array of presentations, performances, workshops, lectures, and discussions with faculty, staff and students from Art, Music, Theatre and Communication Studies who collaborated with colleagues from Biology, English, History, Mathematics, Psychology and Geography & Earth Science to shine light on the magic that happens when Art and Science intersect. These daily sessions will be augmented with six exciting featured guests.

The 2016 guests include nationally and internationally recognized artists, educators, and innovators.  We are delighted to welcome Ted Louis Levy, Ben TothMargaret Wertheim, Holly Walter Kerby, Shumpei Yamaki and Jill Sisson Quinn.  Each will be featured in a public event as well as provide special instruction for our students.

Creative Imperatives is made possible through the work of our incredibly committed faculty, students, and staff in the School of Arts and Communication who have all generously shared their various talent, expertise and creativity, and exemplifies the collaboration we all find so essential in our work.  The University believes that diversity and inclusion are integral to the achievement of excellence. With this festival we strive to be the embodiment of Inclusive Excellence and provide you with diverse offerings that will enrich your minds, feed your soul, and make the world a better place.

All festival-specific events are free and open to the public. It is my sincere hope that you will take advantage of as many of these exciting sessions as possible.  On behalf of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, welcome to Creative Imperatives 2016 !


Creative Imperatives events are free and open to the public. Creative Imperatives events are free and open to the public. The Creative Imperatives festival has been possible, in part, through the support of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Provost’s Office, the Visiting Scholars and Artists Fund, the College of Liberal Studies, the School of Arts and Communication, the UWL Foundation/Community Engagement Committee, State Bank Financial, and Dick Record.


Creative Imperatives has been established to:

  • Promote the creative/scholarly works of faculty, students, and staff in the School of Arts and Communication at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
  • Invigorate dialogue about arts and communication with regionally, nationally, and internationally renowned artists and scholars.
  • Showcase innovative and thought-provoking performances, presentations, lectures, and exhibitions for the greater La Crosse and University communities.