Studio Research Projects The North Oconee River Project Led by Carla Cao, MA candidate in Music, the North Oconee River Project is a collaboration between music, art, law, ecology and the greater Athens community. Its mission is to recognize legal personhood rights of the North Oconee River, establishing the city’s first-ever Rights of Nature laws. Leveraging the methodology of Creative Placemaking the project is piloting a research model that utilizes the arts to not only foster community engagement but also facilitate the development and transformation of environmental policy. Imagination Squared Led by Christina Foard, MFA candidate in Studio Art, Imagination Squared utilizes a participatory design model to engage communities in conversations about individual and collective notions of resilience. The project explores art’s capacity to engage and extend a conversation across fields and across spectrums of the community through collective co-authorship of an arts installation. The Hive Led by Cristina Echezarreta, MFA candidate in Studio Art, The Hive is a project designed to leverage the power of the arts as a tool to enhance individual and community transformation for offenders housed within the confinements of Georgia’s state prisons. Investigating parallel hierarchies within bee hives and prison systems, the project engages individuals through creative practice, vocational skill building, ecology education, revitalization and empowerment.