Faculty and instructional staff play an integral role in helping students develop their cultural values and their life-long relationship to the arts. To support this effort, faculty and staff may incorporate arts-based learning into the curriculum of any undergraduate course at U-M through Course Connections Funding. Students often indicate that their “most meaningful arts experience” at U-M occurred when a professor took the class to see a performance, visit an exhibition, or tour an historically significant site.
Any faculty member, staff member, or graduate student instructors may apply for Course Connection funding!
For additional funding, consult our list of Other Sources available for both undergraduate and graduate classes.
Note: First-Year seminars are not eligible for Course Connections Funding. Please see our First-Year Seminar Funding page.
For some project ideas check out our previously funded Course Connections.
Up to $500 may be obtained through Course Connection grants to support course-related arts learning activities. These funds may be used for admissions to museums and performances, workshops by visiting artists, and course projects, such as theatrical performances, exhibitions, etc. For projects that are integrated into more than one course, funding of up to $1000 will be considered. Please note: Grant funds cannot be used to pay for refreshments.
For class trips requiring funding support for transportation (buses, van pooling), additional grant monies are available through the Course Connections funding application. (When asked if funding is needed for transportation, say “yes” and have those needs reflected in the budget narrative). Funds are awarded based on transportation needs and costs, and additional logistical planning, educational materials and other services may also be available. This funding may be awarded in addition to standard Course Connection funding.
Note: Each faculty member may only apply for project funding twice each semester.
Course Connection applications are accepted on a monthly review deadline throughout the academic year (see dates below), and are accepted until funds are depleted. Applications may be submitted at any time, but will be reviewed the week after the closest application deadline. Recipients will receive notification of funding no later than the listed notification date.
|Application Deadline||Notification Date|
|Friday, August 16, 2013||Friday, August 23, 2013|
|Friday, September 13, 2013||Friday, September 20, 2013|
|Friday, October 11, 2013||Friday, October 18, 2013|
|Friday, November 15, 2013||Wednesday, November 20, 2013|
|Friday, December 6, 2013||Friday, December 13, 2013|
|Friday, January 10, 2014||Friday, January 17, 2014|
|Friday, February 7, 2014||Friday, February 14, 2014|
|Friday, March 7, 2014||Friday, March 14, 2014|
If granted funding, we will request the appropriate financial chartfields from your departmental administrator. Funds will be transferred directly from Arts at Michigan to your department and a record of the transfer will be sent to the administrator. Please allow 4 weeks from the time you apply to complete this process. Applying early is the best way to receive your funds on time!
We ask you to incorporate the Arts at Michigan logo in any printed or web material (flyers, posters, programs, websites, etc.) associated with your Course Connections funded activity. Logos can be obtained from out marketing page.
You and the student participants will also will be asked to complete brief Course Connections feedback forms. These forms allow us to continue our grant funding programs — please make sure to acquaint yourself with their completion process.
When possible, course or lab fees for ongoing or annual activities should be included as part of curricular planning, so that grant funding may augment activities that are well integrated into educational programming.
Already received funding? A variety of Arts at Michigan Logos are available for your use.
Please contact Deb Mexicotte, or by phone at 734-764-6413.
Thank you for looking for new ways to connect to your students through the arts!