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Recognition of sponsorship

eDream was established in January 2009 with seed funding provided by the University of Illinois Office of the Provost. The Institute was formed to serve as one of the University's key innovation centers, driving creative interdisciplinary discovery for 21st century education, culture, and industry.

Dancers interact with John Toenjes' towers during
a rehearsal for "Astral Convertible".

To help establish the Institute, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications has also provided essential support in the form of space, technical staff, business management, and equipment use. This assistance demonstrates NCSA's commitment to computing across disciplines, which is also expressed through its support of the Institute for Advanced Computing Applications and Technologies Creativity and Computing, a research effort closely allied to eDream in management and mission.

eDream has successfully sought grant funding, and will continue to apply for grants and to seek donations to support our contributions to research, education, and public outreach through creative production.  We will also coordinate with organizations at home and abroad
(see Collaborators) to share resources to accomplish our mission.

The Institute has been granted a standard five years from its inception to become self-sustaining.  We are grateful to all those who have already contributed, and hopeful that more will give toward this goal as we continue to strive and begin to thrive in this brave new media-saturated world.


eDream wishes to thank Jerry Fiddler and Melissa Alden for their generous support for teaching and research. Jerry Fiddler is an alum of the University of Illinois. He and his wife Melissa Alden reside in Berkeley, California.

eDream has established the following funding priorities, to support is mission in education, research, and public engagement through creative production in digital arts media:

  • doctoral candidate support (fellowships, assistantships)
  • multimedia classroom
  • creative technologies equipment
  • Biennial Scholarly Symposium and Arts Festival
  • digital arts media online journal, with research funding for supporting technologies development
  • general operations

To make a donation, please contact Donna Cox, Director