The Center for Arts and Technology (CAT) was established in 1984 after Connecticut College received a grant from the Advancement of Private Higher Education to fund three experimental studios in Computer Music, Computer Art, and Motion Analysis, intended to enable students and faculty to explore the burgeoning relationship between technology and the arts. Upon the completion of their construction in 1986, CAT launched its first Symposium featuring sessions, performances, exhibitions and new works exploring the intersection of arts and technology.
In 1991, CAT was officially incorporated as an interdisciplinary program of the College, and in 2002, renamed the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology to honor the endowment of Judith Ammerman ’60. Through the Ammerman Center, students explore issues in arts and technology through individual studies, course work, internships, research assistantships, an associates program, and a certificate program that incorporates an intensive research project. The Center also sponsors colloquia, symposia, special events, community programs, workshops, exhibitions, performances, and interactions with visiting scholars to encourage imaginative and speculative thinking about the use of technology in the arts.