SUNY Awards $160,000 for Campus Research in Arts and Humanities

July 28, 2015

Improved Health and Disabilities Services, Community Revitalization, Sustainability Funded by SUNY Network of Excellence

Albany – The State University of New York today announced $160,000 in funding for projects supported by the SUNY Arts and Humanities Network of Excellence, which fosters student and faculty research by encouraging collaboration among SUNY campuses, local organizations, and leading experts in the field.

Nine collaborative projects involving 14 campuses will improve health and disability services, advance sustainability technologies, strengthen communities, and promote diplomacy.

“In academic disciplines such as dance, history, architecture, anthropology, and many more, SUNY campuses across the state are creating new hands-on learning experiences for students and faculty in the Arts and Humanities,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “We are proud to support these innovative projects through the SUNY Networks of Excellence while adding vibrancy to communities across New York State. Congratulations to all of the project partners receiving these awards.”

“Research in the arts and humanities betters our understanding of the world and our role in it—sometimes through a local lens,” said Alexander N. Cartwright, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor. “Many of the projects announced today are community based, striving to preserve and reflect on the past or restore the present, or through dance and interdisciplinary study, improve our interactions with one another and our well-being. They are a further example of the high quality faculty scholarship underway across SUNY.”

A detailed abstract for each project funded is available online and includes:

  • $20,000 to replicate the initial success of a research initiative that utilized a complex communications strategy to build and sustain a sense of shared responsibility for support of the arts at the community level (Purchase College, Binghamton University)
  • $20,000 to investigate how body-based arts such as dance can positively impact conflict resolution, diplomacy, and peace education (Purchase College, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Cortland, SUNY Buffalo State College, SUNY College at Brockport)
  • $20,000 to use architecture to transpose a Moroccan-style courtyard on abandoned brick buildings, and developing a series of service-learning courses to both transform abandoned buildings and begin a dialogue about race relations, immigration, and cultural differences (Purchase College, University at Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz)
  • $20,000 to establish the Town of New Paltz as a case study for innovative systems that will achieve carbon neutrality and sustainability by 2025 (University at Buffalo, SUNY New Paltz, University at Albany)
  • $20,000 to build on existing scholarship that brings together neighborhood groups, libraries, and professional historians to produce history about the East Side of Buffalo (University at Buffalo, SUNY Buffalo State College)
  • $19,000 to create a Center for Community & Culture in Yonkers to promote urban recovery and community engagement through educational and creative programs and events (Purchase College, Fashion Institute of Technology
  • $15,000 to empowering K-16 students living in central and upstate New York to create narrative identities for their communities through exhibits, performances, and other public art projects (SUNY Oswego, Finger Lakes Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College)
  • $15,000 to examine how technological innovation impacts the lives of patients and people with disabilities as well as those living with traumatic injury and chronic illness (University at Buffalo)
  • $11,000 to build interdisciplinary approaches to studying Chinese thinking during the interwar period (1915-1945) (SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Buffalo State College, SUNY Fredonia)

About the SUNY Networks of Excellence
SUNY Arts and Humanities is one of six SUNY Networks of Excellence. Each network assembles scientists, scholars, and external partners from SUNY campuses to conduct collaborative research in high demand areas. The others are SUNY Health, SUNY Brain, SUNY 4E (Energy, Environment, Economics and Education), SUNY Materials and Advanced Manufacturing and SUNY Teaching, Learning and Assessment.  

About the State University of New York
The State University of New York, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this year, is the largest comprehensive system of higher education in the United States, and more than 95 percent of all New Yorkers live within 30 miles of any one of SUNY’s 64 colleges and universities. Across the system, SUNY has four academic health centers, five hospitals, four medical schools, two dental schools, a law school, the country’s oldest school of maritime, the state’s only college of optometry, and manages one US Department of Energy National Laboratory. In total, SUNY serves about 1.4 million students amongst its entire portfolio of credit- and non-credit-bearing courses and programs, continuing education, and community outreach programs. SUNY oversees nearly a quarter of academic research in New York. Research expenditures system-wide are nearly $1.1 billion in fiscal year 2022, including significant contributions from students and faculty. There are more than three million SUNY alumni worldwide, and one in three New Yorkers with a college degree is a SUNY alum. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunities, visit

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