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Madden Center

Invest in Innovation

The John Madden Center for Innovation in Liberal and Creative Arts (Madden Center) reimagines liberal and creative arts education in a way that emphasizes flexibility and adaptability. We offer the space, seed money and administrative help necessary to support new pilot projects and signature academic programs. By investing in these new models of courses and curriculum, the Madden Center supports improvement and innovation in scholarship, research and educational practices.

See how we're inventing new models of learning

Current Projects

What We Do

The Madden Center acts as an academic venture capital firm that invests in cross-disciplinary collaboration and helps our faculty find new ways to challenge students. We aim to ignite inquiry about current societal issues and provide curriculum models that inspire experimentation.  

The Madden Center's one-of-a-kind events and collaborations help fuel imagination, intellectual exploration, artistic expression and connections across disciplines. All the while, we maintain a commitment to advancing ethical solutions and improving life for all who call our community home.

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    Local real estate developer and philanthropist John Madden, Jr. made $5 million commitment to support the Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts, which has been renamed to recognize his generosity. Learn more about this transformational gift.

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    We're proud to have the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has awarded $250,000 to develop the Madden Center's five major startup initiatives through the end of 2019. Learn more about the Mellon Foundation award.

The Madden Center's goal is to fundamentally alter the way we view knowledge, student learning, faculty scholarship and the role of the university in today’s society. With the support of the Mellon Foundation, we now have the resources to help our faculty not only dream big, but make those dreams a reality.

Derigan Silver, Faculty Director, Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts

Help our faculty turn their big ideas into inspiring learning opportunities for students.



Derigan Silver

Faculty Director, Madden Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts

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