Ours is an era unrivalled in the richness of its aesthetic achievement. Natural beauty lies within easy reach, design is ubiquitous, and more art is now made than ever before, sometimes using new technologies to yield entirely new forms. Aesthetic opportunities fill every niche and compete for attention, consuming enormous economic, educational, and personal resources. Professor McIver Lopes is rethinking the power of aesthetic culture. During the two year period of his Killam Research Fellowship he will explain how we secure personal meaning and personal fulfillment through skillful participation in shared networks of aesthetic cooperation, confrontation, and innovation. Through our aesthetic agency, we make our lives our own.