ACCelerate — Creativity and Innovation Festival — April 9-11, 2021

Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Institution will present the third ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on April 9-11, 2021, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The festival is a celebration of creative exploration and research happening at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design (SEAD). The 2021 ACCelerate festival is programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

2019 Exhibitions

Photos from 2019

2019 Exhibitions

ACCelerate Sound Arcade

The ACCelerate Festival featured an outdoor sound arcade and projection mapping installation at the National Museum of American History entrance facing the National Mall. The interactive sound arcade contained three rectangular sculptures. During the day, participants were able to interact with the sculptures by using LED wands to experiment with a 3D sound system in real time. During the evening, the project took on visual layer of interaction. The event featured video projection onto the sculptures. Participants used LED interactive wands to illuminate the space in real time. As participants moved around the sound arcade area, data was gathered by their movements and used to create new sounds and illuminations on the projected forms.

Participants: Thomas Tucker, David Franusich, Tanner Upthegrove, Eric Lyon, George Hardebeck, Matthew Swarts (Georgia Tech), Jon Hamilton, Caleb Flood, Aline R.S.S. de Souza, Mahshid Gorjian and Xindi Liu

The project was funded by the Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology at Virginia Tech.

Participating Schools

Photos and Video from 2017

The Frost School of Music Concert Jazz Band (CJB) and Jazz Voice Department, partnered with the Ella Fitzgerald Foundation, presented a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald’s 100th Birthday, in conjunction with the ACCelerate Creativity and Innovation Festival in 2017. READ MORE