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The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (the Hive) accelerates the creative development of students across the 5Cs (the five undergraduate colleges in Claremont, CA: Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College). Varied disciplines come together in the Hive to harness the power of the liberal arts and to deepen — or revive — students’ creative practice.
The Hive is located on the northern border of Pomona’s campus, in a renovated space on the first floor of the Seeley G. Mudd Building. The entrance to our space is on 7th Street (between College and Dartmouth) and visitors may park on 7th Street right in front of the Hive. Swing by!
130 East 7th Street
Claremont, CA 91711
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The Hive hosts a wide range of activities that are exploratory, collaborative, and experiential:
- Workshops and events are part of our core experience, introducing alternative ways of engaging with the liberal arts
- We have makerspaces where students are given access to materials for building, making crafts, sewing, screen printing, woodworking, etc.
- Courses from around the 7C s are taught in our flexible and experiential classrooms
Faculty and students began discussions and brainstorming about the value of creativity, innovation, and collaboration in a liberal arts environment in 2014. With the support of a generous planning grant, we were able to prototype exploratory activities, workshops, and teaching experiments that informed our understanding of The Claremont Colleges’ unique needs, as well as student and faculty strengths and desires. Through a series of in-depth ethnographic interviews with students, faculty, alumni, and staff across the 5Cs, we learned more about how creativity and innovation could be integrated more fully into the undergraduate experience at The Claremont Colleges.
All are welcome! The Rick and Susan Sontag Center for Collaborative Creativity (the Hive) was conceived specifically for students and faculty at the five undergraduate institutions at The Claremont Colleges. The Hive is for people from all disciplines and with varying levels of creative confidence, who all share a desire to work in a collaborative, experiential way on ambitious challenges and messy problems with no clear solutions. Fundamentally, we believe that everyone is creative, and we support everyone who wants to deepen their creative practice.