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Special Projects

In this section of the website, we highlight the many initiatives that are taking place as part of the Improvisation, Community, and Social Practice project. ICASP's researchers, partners, and stakeholders have created many diverse initiatives through their work and research. This section of the site profiles selected projects that have been carried out by some of these energetic, thoughtful, and creative people. Featured projects will be updated from time to time, so be sure to come back to this section to see what's new!

Special Projects:


Think Pieces: A monthly "provocation" in the form of short Think Pieces exploring the application of improvisation research to new areas of research and social engagement.

Oral Histories Project: Oral Histories is a showcase of interviews, performances, and articles by and about improvising musicians, artists, writers and scholars.

Improvisation Tool Kit: tools for teaching improvisation

Improviser-in-Residence: A yearly program bringing acclaimed improvisers in contact with the community and local performers.

Community Sound(e)Scapes: exploring sound, community, improvised creativity, and the places we live

Hearing-Visions-Sonores: a multi-media art exhibit of graphic scores

Music and the Community: a developing section of the site for supporting musical communities

Ikons: sound and sculpture installation by George Lewis & Eric Metcalfe

Sylvia Safdie Video Exhibit: interaction between image and improvised music

Improvising Virtual Memory Boxes: a project exploring the relationship between memory, improvisation, and technology

We’ll all be more innovative if we participate in collaborative webs and share more openly. Creativity is always a collaboration and it’s always a form of improvisation, written large in the social world.

– Keith Sawyer