About the CRLab
The CRLab is a self-sustaining entity of the CAA supported through a combination of funded research, grants and contracts projects, maintenance support, and instructional workshops. The CRLab provides personnel, equipment, software, and collaborative possibilities unique to the Montana University System and the Rocky Mountain region.
With an emphasis on collaboration, the CRLab combines the aesthetic and scientific sensibilities of architecture, art, film, music, and photography with the social and physical sciences. Through collaborative teams and multidisciplinary projects, students experience a real world team approach in an academic atmosphere. Students function as generalists in teams, where the specialties and skill sets of their major contribute to the overall success of the project. By attracting bright, creative students, the CRLab will invent and facilitate new methods of research and creative activity through university and non-university entities. Student and faculty project teams will partner with internal and external professionals to create innovative collaborative projects of mutual interest and benefit. The CRLab will address instruction, research/creativity, and service needs within MSU, the local, and the national communities. The CRLab will transcend existing research boundaries and forge new directions in the pursuit of new knowledge.
The CRLab has evolved from the desire by the faculty and administration of the CAA to create a place dedicated to arts-based collaborative problem solving. From the observation that digital media provides a common language between arts disciplines as well as to those beyond the arts, a planning committee of faculty and students was formed in February 2005 to explore the possibilities for the creation of a digital collaboration lab