Welcome to IACT at ArtStreet

At the Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet, we seek to empower a creatively confident 21st century student with the ability to discover, invent and innovate ambiguous ideas through a disruptive design process that will impact today’s ever-changing, global world regardless of degree focus.

Our Mindset

Applied Creativity = Transdisciplinary Learning + Humanity-Centered Design


In understanding the application of creativity as a value in today's job market, Universities must look to
educate not only on concepts related to creativity, but most importantly, to give students the chance to
practice exercising creativity while receiving valuable feedback.

We define Applied Creativity as “new idea creation for action across all disciplines of study.” This mindset
is fostered through Transdisciplinary Learning, or the contribution of one’s own knowledge and expertise
towards a collective effort, and a Humanity-Centered Approach. Unlike other national models for creative
confidence where Human-Centered Design exists to propel design thinking forward for the individual
person, Humanity-Centered is built to provide creative design for mankind; that is, humans as a group.
Applied Creativity is about being able to harness imagination and vision to effectively implement
unexpected, innovative ideas that can change the world.

Over the years we have learned how to apply that insatiable curiosity and creative energy by wedding it to
the disciplines, the passions and vocations of students, faculty, and staff across the University of Dayton

We don’t just think outside the box – we establish that there IS NO BOX and inspire the creative
confidence to build something people haven’t seen or thought of before.




Our History

The idea to create a learning/living arts center in the South Student Neighborhood at the University of Dayton emerged in 1997. The following year, a generous gift from The Kettering Fund helped set the plans in motion. The late Virginia Kettering, daughter-in-law of inventor Charles F. Kettering, was quoted as saying, "The University of Dayton has a great residential culture that can be transformed into an equally wonderful learning environment. The arts can provide the catalyst."

The University of Dayton opened ArtStreet in Fall 2004. An architecturally innovative multi-arts facility and residence, the design of ArtStreet to support its arts-based living/learning philosophy is distinctive among universities. The unique spaces of ArtStreet include the White Box Gallery, Creator Space, collaboration classrooms, outdoor amphitheatre, student-run recording studio and student housing.

The ArtStreet facility also includes ArtStreet Café, which is owned and operated by Flyer Enterprises, the umbrella organization for UD's student-run businesses. ArtStreet is also home to WUDR (Flyer Radio), as well as a recording studio managed by Street Sounds, a UD student organization. The complex also features an outdoor amphitheatre, made possible by a generous gift from Jerome Epstein, class of 1949.

Since 2004, the creative footprint established by the myriad of influencers at ArtStreet has inspired thousands of students, staff and faculty at the University of Dayton along with curious individuals from across the country and around the world. And we are not about to stop...

The Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT, originally piloted as the Institute for Arts Nexus) at ArtStreet was developed over several years of cross-campus collaboration that led to the creation of the IACT Collective of Educators – a body of faculty, staff, alumni and regional creatives whose expertise and vocations are brought together to develop the annual foundational curriculum and creative design for the Institute. IACT at ArtStreet is part of Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives, a division of the Office of the Provost. 

Contact Us

Institute of Applied Creativity for Transformation (IACT) at ArtStreet

ArtStreet is located on the 300 block of Kiefaber St. 
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2620