Sponge was a ten year project that generated experimental approaches to learning and teaching. "Attached” to a public university the way a sea sponge affixes to a marine reef, Sponge provided open waters for the conspicuous mixing of disciplines. The pictures below represent a loan of sea sponges from the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology in spring 2007. For detailed information about Sponge please see the individual workshops and events on this site.

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Sponge was a ten year project that generated experimental approaches to learning and teaching. “Attached” to a public university (with its headquarters in the Anderson Gallery at VCUarts, Richmond, VA) the way a sea sponge affixes to a marine reef, Sponge provided open waters for the conspicuous mixing of disciplines. In the ecosystem of Sponge workshops, events, and classes, participants took in information, digested the experience and completed the cycle by teaching others.

Sponge began at MIT in 2006. The project evolved from a specific workshop
model to include semester-long classes and a permanent installation, Sponge HQ. An exhibition at CUE Art Foundation (March 2011) highlighted the first five years of the project.

Sponge HQ on "The Art Assignment" is here.

A talk about Sponge and the Sponge HQ at the Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at la Biennale di Venezia is here

More about Sponge HQ at the VCUarts Anderson Gallery can be found here.