eDream embraces the public, reaching out to wide audiences. As part of this effort, the Institute will create, nurture, and facilitate local, international, and virtual communities. eDream’s communities of excellence will be composed of faculty and students; visiting artists, scholars, and diverse researchers; as well as members of non-academic and popular, intellectual communities.
To build an artistic and research community, the Institute will develop an Illinois Biennial Festival & Scholarly Symposium; host an on-going lecture series for visiting scholars and artists; participate in conferences; and form eDream social hubs around which creative productions can grow through shared resources and innovation. In coupling creative production with expansive public engagement, eDream will create a powerful conduit for cultural impact.