CMDA Initiatives for the 21st Century

The College of Music & Dramatic Arts supports and cooperates with numerous special projects, organizations and initiatives in pursuit of improving and sustaining fine arts education in the 21st century.

Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project

Janice H. Pellar Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Project guides performing arts students to apply their creative skills such as multi-tasking, attention to detail and collaborative work honed in their formal study to use to other fields of work.

The Pellar fellows have partnered with Baton Rouge General Hospital in its Arts in Medicine program to share the healing qualities of performance art in local hospital environments.

Visit the Pellar page.

Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities

The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) is a partnership of leading U.S. research universities working to prepare students and faculty to address a range of complex world challenges by integrating arts practices to benefit their institutions.

These universities are committed to helping their respective research universities understand the role of the arts and design in making their institutions more vital, dynamic, creative, and competitive.

Visit the A2RU website.


The Arts, Visualization, Advanced Technologies and Research (AVATAR) program is an interdisciplinary 21 credit hour undergraduate minor in digital media, a combination of courses in the colleges of Music & Dramatic Arts, Art & Design, Engineering, Humanities and Social Science, the Ourso College of Business, and the Manship School of Mass Communication. The program is a student outreach effort from the Cultural Computing focus area of the Center for Computation & Technology.

Visit the AVATAR website.

The Rodrigue Steinway

A partnership between the LSU School of Music and the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts aims to restore and replace an aging fleet of pianos used to teach nearly 600 music students by raising funds from auction of a one-of-a-kind Steinway piano painted by famed Louisiana “Blue Dog” artist George Rodrigue and equipped with the latest player piano technology by Hall Piano Co., an authorized Steinway distributor.

Visit the Rodrigue Steinway website.

Communications Across the Curriculum

The Communications across the Curriculum program works to improve the writing, speaking, visual, and technological communication skills among undergraduates. The unique LSU CxC model integrates certified courses within the disciplines, faculty development and training, student support and extracurricular workshops, and student recognition across the curriculum.

Learn more about CXC.


The CMDA’s School of Theatre and LSU College of Science host a new conversation series where art meets science.

Louisiana A+ Schools

Louisiana A+ Schools is a research-based effort to nurture creativity in elementary through high school students through an arts-integrated school curriculum.

LSU researchers will study data and evidence to guide programming improvements that include developing tools to help school assess their progress, and identify areas for customized professional development.

Visit Louisiana A+ Schools website.


Thinking. Learning. Living. Sharing.
Spurring Dialogue.
Showcasing Creativity, Intellect, and Innovation.
Bringing Our Community Together.

Visit the TEDxLSU website

Strategic National Arts Alumni Project

The Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) is an annual online survey, data management, and institutional improvement system designed to enhance the impact of arts-school education.

LSU has participated in SNAAP (Strategic National Arts Alumni Project). Vanderbilt University sociologist Stephen Tepper, who was the LSU CMDA’s guest speaker for the fall 2012 convocation, wrote in a recent issue of Fast Company Magazine:

“Artists know the world of adaptability and resourcefulness very well. In fact, according to an annual survey tracking the career trajectories of more than 65,000 artists from hundreds of arts schools, close to 60 percent of arts graduates hold more than two jobs at once, and approximately 20 percent have more than three. What’s more, regardless of whether they work in the arts or in other businesses, more then three-quarters of arts graduates say that critical thinking, creativity, and the ability to work with others are skills they both learned in school and use on a regular basis in their current work. Arts graduates are plucky and understand how to use their creative skills in a variety of settings.”

Visit the SNAAP website.