The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) hosted its sixth Emerging Creatives Student Summit at James Madison University in February. The 2019 theme was “Food and Place,” and included an examination of food insecurity, the impact of food production on the environment, and the relationship between food and place. Designed to bring together emerging scholars, engineers, artists and scientists to explore interdisciplinary research, practice, and collaboration, the summit convened more than 80 students and 10 faculty from 26 different research universities. Featured speakers and panelists included Ian Cheney – documentary filmmaker and producer of the Peabody Award-winning film King Corn ; Kate Daughdrill – artist, urban farmer, writer, speaker, and founder of Burnside Farms in Detroit; Ross Gay – award-winning poet, author, editor, and professor at Indiana University, and Stephanie Williams – multi-media artist whose work focuses on food culture and professor at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).