The Institute for Applied Creativity is a forum for collaboration among domains and disciplines intent on creating a radiant future. We champion combinations of experimental, rational, intuitive, and analytical methods to realize tangible accomplishments. The inherent creativity of individuals, the deep knowledge within disciplinary practice and research, and the rapid pace of transformation in society collectively contribute to an institute that exercises iterative, regenerative, and nimble practices. As an aggregator of 21st Century knowledge and expertise, a matchmaker crossing academic, community and business boundaries, and a catalyst for realizing transformative ideas, our research, education and outreach initiatives focus on the process of creation, a keystone of innovation. Today's societal challenges are of such a magnitude of complexity that multiple areas of expertise are needed to design effective solutions. We address critical problems shared by communities throughout the world, beginning locally and translating solutions for global contexts.
Carol LaFayette, Director
Carol collaborates with individuals from the sciences to invent unique ways to experience flora, fauna, and phenomena in a rural landscape. Her work with leafcutting ants is documented in the PBS series "State of Tomorrow:" the first 3D, immersive experience mapping a vast, Atta texana colony. Her artwork is in collections at the Museum of Modern Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, The J. Paul Getty Museum, and Microcinema International. She has exhibited interactive installations and video worldwide, including LAB '11, Sweden; SIGGRAPH '02, '08 and '09; Zebra Poetry on Film, Berlin; Filmstock, UK; and Solomon Projects, Atlanta. Reviews of her artwork have been published in BBC Technology News, Chronicle of Higher Education and Wired. She was awarded the Thomas Regan Interdisciplinary Faculty Prize in 2010, and the College of Architecture Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2003. Carol is Principal Investigator of an NSF supported project to form SEAD, a national network for transdisciplinary engagement among the sciences, engineering, arts, and design. A 2013 SEAD network event was co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and hosted by the Smithsonian Institution.
Jennifer Robertson, Coordinator
Jennifer has been at Texas A&M since 2010, having moved over to the Institute from the Colonias Program in 2012. Involved in theatre since the age of two, she currently serves on the Board of Governors at StageCenter Theatre in Downtown Bryan. Her areas of expertise are Buster Keaton and Jane Austen, and she has had a piece selected and published in an anthology of Jane Austen-like stories. She enjoys writing about classic film, manipulating photos, creating nail-art, and making jewelry in her spare time between work, theatre, and kids.