Research and Creative Activity

The College of the Arts at Kent State University uses its distinctive and innovative resources in the visual, performing and design arts to engage in interdisciplinary research and creative activities that expand knowledge and human understanding.

Faculty, staff and students actively participate in arts-based research connected to science, education, business, communication, public health, and beyond. A highlight of recent research includes work on arts and accessibility, including projects focused on the effects of dance on Parkinson's Disease patients, the effect of music on children with autism, and the "(Dis)Abled Beauty" exhibition of uniquely designed devices used by those with disabilities.

Nationally and Internationally Recognized

College of the Arts faculty are regularly recognized for their research and creative activity excellence by organizations such as the Fulbright program, the Guggenheim Fellowship program, the Mellon-Fronteridades Creative Scholars program, the Knight Arts Challenge program, the Cleveland Arts Prize, the Cleveland Critics Circle, the Tyson Scholars of American Art Program, the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated, the Ohio Arts Council, the International Foundation of Fashion Technology, the Ohio Arts Education Association, and more.

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

Kent State University is a proud member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), a partnership committed to ensuring the greatest possible institutional support for the full spectrum of arts and arts-integrative research, curricula, programs, and creative practice for the benefit of all students and faculty at research universities and the communities they serve.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities


Research and Creative Activity Information for Faculty

Kent State University provides guidance and resources for faculty pursuing research and creative activity, including on how to prepare to begin research and funding opportunities.

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Research and Creative Activity Information for Students

Kent State University provides guidance and resources for students pursuing research and creative activity, including information on funding opportunities and publishing opportunities. 

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