Support for Faculty Proposals

Now in its 14th year, the Creative Campus Initiative at Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts supports cross-disciplinary collaborations that elevate the place of art, artists, and the artistic process in cross-disciplinary exchange and inquiry. The CCI committee invites faculty in any discipline to submit a proposal for the following collaborations. Please note that CFA staff is available to discuss proposals at any time, and also that additional funding for all programs may be solicited from other campus sources. 

Co-taught modules in an existing course comprise two to four class sessions collaboratively developed and taught from arts and non-arts perspectives. The visiting discipline should illuminate aspects of subject matter and modes of inquiry less visible or common in the main discipline. Host faculty who develop and complete a new module receive an $500 honorarium. Guest faculty or artists receive $500–$1200, plus modest support for travel and lodging. Guest compensation will depend on the number and type of class engagements and expenses incurred. To apply, please submit a 1–2 page proposal with faculty name, course, proposed curricular collaboration, collaborator (if identified), and budget by June 5, 2020, for fall 2020 engagements. 

Co-taught courses are collaboratively developed and taught from arts and non-arts perspectives, and may be supported by CCI at significant levels, depending on available funding. To apply, please initiate conversation with the CFA in summer or early fall for the following academic year. 

Visiting artist engagements may include class visits, lectures, panels, performances, or exhibitions. CCI may co-sponsor fees up to $500. To apply, please submit a short letter of interest with faculty name, course, proposed collaboration, collaborator (if identified), and budget. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Performing and visual arts commissions support new works by Wesleyan arts faculty whose research involves working with non-arts scholars and materials in ways that advance the artists’ research and extend the arts into new areas of campus curricular and co-curricular life. Commissions are supported up to $3,000. The work must premiere on campus (physically or virtually) within the year of the commissioning grant. To apply, please submit a proposal outlining planned work, timeline, and budget by June 5, 2020, for FY 2020–2021.

Please submit applications to Rani Arbo, CFA Campus and Community Engagement Manager, at rarbo@wesleyan.edu. Applications will be reviewed by the CCI committee; awards will be made by June 29, 2020. 

CCI Committee: Neely Bruce, John Spencer Camp Professor of Music; Barry Chernoff, Robert Schumann Professor of Environmental Studies; Anthony Hatch, associate professor of African American studies, Science in Society, and sociology; Katja Kolcio, associate professor of dance; William Johnston, John E. Andrus Professor of History; Katie Pearl, assistant professor of theater; Jennifer Calienes, CFA interim director; Rani Arbo, CFA campus and community engagement manager.