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In 2023, IACT took its two major initiatives in creative skills micro-credentials and creative place initiatives and design, and spun them out to two campus areas outside of IACT. To learn more about creative place initiatives and design, contact Mike Puckett in Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives.

To learn more about IACT's history, view our history page

The GEM is a place where all learners have the opportunity to build their creative skills.

The GEM at The Hub (Dayton Arcade) merges creative skill building into existing curriculum or programs focused on equity, workforce skill development, and/or personal growth mindset.


The Amber Empathize Room at The GEM


A place to meet, and begin to observe, engage and immerse in each other’s passions and ideas.

The Jade Prototype Room at The GEM


A place to take those common passions and ideas and continue to explore multiple solutions, while building on empathetic understanding and bringing visions to life.

The Sapphire Test Room at The GEM


A place to refine prototypes with a “fail fast/fail forward” mindset, learn more about each other in the process and find unexpected outcomes.

What's Going on in The GEM?
Career Development 07.06.21

The GEM at the Hub was designed to be a space that allowed creative collaboration to thrive between community members and University of Dayton students. We started to bring in some of the people that we saw best demonstrating growth-mindset in the Dayton area and let them go to work. Turns out, whenever you bring a room full of creative collaborators together, the results are pretty incredible!

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