Arts Research: Incubation & Acceleration (ARIA)

The Arts Research: Incubation & Acceleration (ARIA) program, a joint effort conceived and funded through a collaboration between the University of Michigan Arts Initiative and the Office of the Vice President of Research (OVPR), seeks to elevate and expand arts research and creative practice across the University of Michigan’s campuses and schools. The program will support projects centered in the arts that ask creative questions and move toward new ideas and knowledges; invite new forms of collaboration and interaction both within and beyond the arts; and that imagine new approaches to problems and ideas in the arts and society. Applications are particularly encouraged from interdisciplinary research teams structured to provide mutual benefit to those in the arts and in other research sectors, and from individuals working in creative practice to imagine new horizons of artistic possibility. Find out more about how to apply here.

The Creativity Lab (C-lab)

The U-M Arts Initiative and OVPR are accepting applications for the inaugural Creativity Lab (C-lab), a week-long research development program designed to stimulate new work in arts research/creative practice and contribute to the building of arts research cohorts among a wide variety of faculty. Following the May 13-17 program, participants will receive $1,500 in discretionary funds toward advancing their research project toward future grant applications. Learn more and apply by January 22

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Clare Croft to direct expanded arts research effort (The Record, Sept. 2023)

Michigan Minds podcast series: illuminating and advancing the U-M arts initiative (January 2023)

Public Art & Engagement Fellows story (September 2022)

Arts + the Curriculum Symposium story (August 2022)

Pilot Projects

Grant writing resource (2023)