Collaborative Projects

The Arts Initiative seeks large-scale collaborative projects to activate the campus; increase arts engagement for students, faculty, staff, and the region; and catalyze discovery through interdisciplinary partnerships. 

Call for Collaborative Projects

Upcoming Deadlines:

September 25, 2023 | For projects taking place Winter ‘24, Spring/Summer ‘24, & Fall ‘24

April 30, 2024 | For projects taking place AY ’24- ’25

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The Arts Initiative seeks large-scale collaborative projects to activate the campus; increase arts engagement for students, faculty, staff, and the region; and catalyze discovery through interdisciplinary partnerships. The Initiative is interested in a broad scope of projects that may be local, regional, national, or international and that reflect collaboration, involve multiple units/organizations, promote engagement and the growth of new and diverse audiences, and align with the mission of the University and Arts Initiative. Several projects will be selected each year that reflect a diversity of artistic, intellectual, and expressive modes, as well as audiences.

Grant amounts for this program range from $20,000 to $100,000. Applications will be accepted from all U-M personnel with authorization by their unit.

Requirements:

  • A strong partnership between two or more schools/colleges/units
  • A minimum of one signed letter of commitment from each of the two primary collaborators’ schools/units/departmental leadership (ideally from deans, department chairs, directors, etc.). The letters should explicitly state the school/unit/department’s support of the project, list the school/unit/department’s lead project personnel (PI and Research Process Administrator), describe the level of the school/unit/department’s commitment (both programmatic and financial), and the overall role of the school/unit/department as a major project collaborator.
  • A significant student engagement component
  • Projects with at least 20- 30% of budget support confirmed through other funding sources will be given priority.

For questions, contact Kathryn Grabowski-Khairullah, Program Curator, at kgkhair@umich.edu.

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GSARG

A Graduate Student Arts Research Grant (GSARG) is a monetary grant of up to $5000 to support student-led arts work or research as part of a U-M grad student’s studies. Any current graduate student at U-M can apply for a grant for a project in the arts by themselves or on behalf of a team. Fall 2023 applications have closed and will reopen in the Fall of 2024.

Course Connections Faculty Grants

Course Connections funding supports faculty who are seeking to incorporate arts-based learning into the curriculum of any undergraduate course at U-M. These funds may be used for admission to museums and performances, for workshops by visiting artists, and for class projects, such as performances, exhibitions, or publications by your class.

Student Mini-Grants

Student Mini-Grants are available to undergraduate student groups and individuals to support arts and cultural projects such as exhibitions, performances, concerts, guest-artist visits, site-specific art, workshops, films, festivals and publications.

Visiting Artist Integration Project

The U-M Arts Initiative launched this cyclical semester-long visiting artist program to integrate the creative vision and dynamic thinking of artists into our process of engagement and learning. Upcoming deadline: November 6, 2023

Michigan Marching Band players at a past game on the field during a Sept. 11 tributes show.

Visiting Artist Support Grants

Intended for established visiting artists and residency programs, these grants aim to increase capacity and expand engagement on campus. Upcoming deadline: March 11, 2024

Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship

Intended for established professional arts journalists with 5+ years of experience. The fellowship provides an opportunity to study and work within a diverse and experienced community of journalists and artists. Upcoming deadline: February 1, 2024