The Ammerman Center is a community of students, faculty, staff, artists, and scholars dedicated to exploring the dynamic relationships between the arts, technology, and culture through experimentation, research and creation.
The mission of the Ammerman Center is to inspire and foster the production of creative, scholarly, collaborative, and interdisciplinary work by offering innovative educational experiences such as courses, workshops, symposia, colloquia, internships, mentoring and advising.
Each year, the Center community produces innovative and engaging exhibitions, performances, publications, and public presentations.
The Center promotes Connecticut College’s core values of inclusivity, understanding and respect across economic, environmental, and cultural identities through the creative and scholarly connections made across campus, within New London, and throughout the world.
The Center’s mission proceeds from the understanding that theory and practice are inextricably linked, and that creative work and scholarship conducted side-by-side lead to rich, responsible, innovative, and often radical critical thinking, experimentation, and problem solving.
The Ammerman Center has a history of working with the local community to provide professional development to teachers. The Center has received several grants over the years to provide progressive, professional development for local art, music and media teachers. More recently these grants have focused on engaging middle and high school students in creative activities such as film making using common technologies. These grants support the Center's community outreach activities, the colloquia series, the biennial symposium on arts and technology as well as visiting artists, lecturers and researchers. This funding has also been instrumental in supplying equipment for local schools. Grants have been received from AT&T, Citizens Bank and the Chester Kitchings Foundation.