The Arts Institute is a proud member of the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru). a2ru partners with over thirty institutions committed to transforming research universities in order to ensure the greatest possible institutional support for interdisciplinary research, curricula, programs, and creative practice between the arts, sciences, and other disciplines. As a partner organization, we have committed time, energy, and funds to the development of a2ru because we understand the role of the arts and design in making our campus more vital, dynamic, creative, and competitive.