There currently exists a vibrant culture of creative colleagueship at Bates College where collaboration and innovative teaching prepare students for the future. Leading this charge is the Bates Arts Collaborative (BAC), a committee of artists, faculty, staff, and students whose purpose is to elevate the arts on campus and in our community while advocating for the importance of experiencing and bringing the arts into our daily lives. In collaboration with the greater college, and with funding from the Sherman Fairchild Foundation, BAC is thrilled to launch IMPACT 21st (Innovation, Media, Process, Arts, Collaboration and Technology for the 21st Century) to promote new approaches to teaching and learning in the arts, support Bates faculty, students, and staff in collaborative endeavors, and build on Bates’ commitment to the transformative integration of technology and the arts. 


Through IMPACT 21st we will:
  • Create an Immersive Media Studio in Coram Hall that will serve as a center for creative arts and technology. A rotation of visiting artists will exhibit and/or perform their state-of-the-art works for the community while also engaging with students (opening Fall ‘23);
  • Provide faculty, staff, and students opportunities to integrate technology into the arts curriculum through workshops/trainings and artist residency programs;
  • Develop courses in the arts that incorporate the latest technologies and foster interdisciplinary collaboration;
  • Build upon and partner with existing emerging technology structures and curriculum at Bates that supports energy efficiency; and
  • Offer small innovation grants for students and faculty.


A team of practicing artists:
Carolina González Valencia

Associate Professor of Art and Visual Culture

Filmmaker (Director and Producer)

Interdisciplinary Artist

Tim Dugan

Associate Professor of Theater

Professional Actor & Director


Asha Tamirisa 

Assistant Professor of Music

Experimental Musician

Sound & Multimedia Artist

Jamie Watkins

Senior Academic Technology Consultant – Manager of the Digital Media Studios

Filmmaker, Director, Media Educator

Michael Reidy

Senior Lecturer Theater Technology

 Managing Director, Theater and Dance

Scenic and Lighting Designer

Dale Rothenberg

Academic Technology Consultant-VR/AR and 3D Technologies

Multimedia Artist & Educator