Last fall, with the support of OpenGrounds and the Provost's Office, UVA presented four projects and one performance at the at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington D.C. As an effort to think beyond an athletic conference as the only common denominator of the 15 ACC schools, the Festival focused on presenting the collective wealth of creative and innovative practices taking place across these educational institutions. Below is an overview of UVA’s contribution to the 2017 Festival; UVA projects selected for the 2019 Festival will be announced September 2018.
Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History presented the first annual ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017, in the west wing of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The festival, programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Museum’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, was a three-day celebration of creative exploration and research happening at the nexus of science, engineering, arts, and design at the 15 ACC schools. The event drew 36,000 participants and represented 48 interactive installations grouped in six thematic areas: community engagement, art & technology, sustainability & environment, biomimetics, health & body, making & advanced manufacturing. In addition, visitors experienced 15 dramatic and musical performances and nine panel discussions featuring Smithsonian and ACC students, scholars and staff exploring key questions about creativity and innovation.