Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts
Invest in Innovation
The Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts (CILCA) 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, CILCA supports improvement and innovation in scholarship, research and educational practices.
See how we're inventing new models of learningCurrent Projects
What We Do
CILCA 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.
CILCA'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.
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.
We're proud to have the support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which has awarded $250,000 to develop CILCA's five major startup initiatives through the end of 2019. Learn more about the Mellon Foundation award.
Derigan Silver, Faculty Director, Center for Innovation in the Liberal and Creative Arts
CILCA'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.