Wright State University
Wright State University's Center for Collaborative Education, Leadership and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) an Ohio Center of Excellence in Cultural and Societal Transformation builds upon the talents and expertise of students and faculty in the departments of Art and Art History; Music; and Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures.
CELIA will utilize the Ohio Center of Excellence designation to take a leadership role in creating and sponsoring new, innovative and even larger artistic collaborations. These joint ventures will attract highly talented students from all over the world and expand and transform the artistic environment of the region. The designation will encourage collaborations that move well beyond the region, provide much greater visibility for programs and projects, facilitate fundraising, enhance economic development and formalize and nurture existing and future collaborations. The center designation will provide the increased synergy to take it to the next level.
Driving Economic Advancement
Their collaborative endeavors in the fine and performing arts have had considerable economic impact, attracting millions of dollars in investment and economic spinoff through collaborative projects such as films, plays, concerts, and art exhibitions. They have also funded scholarships through Wright State's annual ArtsGala and helped to fund the Creative Arts Center expansion project. Individually and collectively, these departments have impacted the creative climate of an area already recognized for its vibrant artistic activities.
- Academy Award-nominated documentary The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant
- August: Osage County, a collaboration between Wright State and Dayton's Human Race Theatre Company
- CELIA supports a number of ongoing innovative programs like the university's STEAM3 course, which helps education majors learn to use the creative arts to teach math and science
- Create unique, innovative, internal and external artistic collaborations resulting in a transformative impact on campus
- Take a leadership role in creating and sponsoring new, innovative and even larger artistic collaborations
- Raising $750,000 for arts scholarships over five years, along with sufficient money to break ground on an expansion of Wright State's Creative Arts Center