ThinkTank 1 Notes

It began with a brainstorming session between Jim Elniski, Director of first-Year programs at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Mary Stewart, head of the core program at Florida State University. We decided to bring together Foundations faculty and administrators from around the country for an intensive discussion of problems and possible solutions.

As an experimental format, we deliberately limited the size to twenty-five participants. The participants found the Thinktank format substantial and inspiring, and we concluded with a discussion of future Thinktank possibilities, including a session in 2007 specifically devoted to critiques, critical thinking, and critical theory.

I hope we can generate a whole series of “Thinktanks” around the country during 2008, the year between conferences. You can download the notes on the home page of the blog.

Mary Stewart, Florida State University
Jim Elniski, The Art Institute of Chicago

2006 ThinkTank Participants
Debra Ambush, Clarksburg High School
Chad Andrews, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Arnold Carlson, Interlochen Center for the Arts
Ann Coddington, Eastern Illinois University
Charlotte Collins, Kennesaw State University
Dan Collins, Core Coordinator, Arizona State University
Kevin Haran, University of Central Florida
Cindy Hellier-Heinz, Northern Illinois University
Adam Kallish, Design Consultant
Marybeth Koos, Elgin Community College
Jodi Kushins, Graduate Student, Ohio State University
Sandra Lane, Metropolitan State College of Denver
Martha MacLeish, Indiana University
Cora Mashall, Central Connecticut State University
Sarah Mast, Montana State University
Amy Metier, Metropolitan State College of Denver
John Regan, Foundation Head, Northern Illinois University
Amy Sacksteder, Graduate Student, Northern Illinois University
Richard Siegesmund, University of Georgia
Jeff Sheppard, Associate Dean & Foundation Studies Chair, Rocky Mountain Institute of Art
Jennifer Stevenson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rocky Mountain Institute of Art
Batya Tamar, Spelman College
Tommy White, Virginia Commonwealth University


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