The Earl and Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration research initiatives demonstrate the intellectual merit, broader impact, and creative excellence of SAIC faculty.

Chicago Initiatives 

Chicago Initiative projects are COLLABORATIONS between SAIC and the diverse communities that are the fabric of the city of Chicago. These projects focus on issues in education, wellbeing, economic development, and cultural enrichment.

Civic Engagement 

Civic engagement projects, including the Chicago Initiative and branching to the global arena, are CHANGE AGENTS focused on critical and creative discourse in culture and society. Civic Engagement topics include cultural and economic development, sustainability, serious games, historical data visualization, youth cultures, and community dialogue.

Learning in the Arts 

Learning in the arts projects help us to EVALUATE the impact of art and design on 21st-century learning skills, human development, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). Learning in the arts topics include STEAM initiatives, learning and cognitive sciences and the arts, creativity and cognition, design theory, informal learning, and do-it-yourself (DIY) culture.

New Forms and Materials 

New forms and materials projects TRANSFORM emerging materials, new forms, and conceptual frameworks through creative experimentation and innovation made possible with the SAIC community’s unique approaches to critical thinking and critical making. New forms and materials topics include new substrates, fabrics and fibers, mixed-reality interfaces, biomimicry, wireless sensor networks, smart environments, wearable technologies, and sculptural matter.