For Faculty

Below you can find resources for Stanford Faculty to participate and engage with the arts on campus.

Funding & Opportunities

Course and Project Grants for Faculty

The Office of the Vice President for the Arts offers small grants for activities that relate to our mission. Grants include:

  • Course Enhancement Grants
    • artsCatalyst Grants
  • Special Opportunity Grants
    • Burt McMurtry Arts Initiative Fund
    • Small Grants

Offered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Deadlines: Varies

Contact: Sabrina Wilensky

The Stanford Visiting Artist Fund in honor of Roberta Bowman Denning

All academic departments and programs at Stanford are invited to submit proposals to host a visiting artist that will engage with the campus community.

For Faculty, Academic Staff, and University Departments & Programs

Offered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts

Deadline: Fall Quarter

Contact: Ellen Oh

Off the Farm

Off the Farm supports students’ exposure to professional arts off-campus. Operated in partnership with ResEd, dorms and residences attend museums, performances, and hands-on workshops throughout the Bay Area. Each trip incorporates educational engagement (such as a pre-trip workshop or facilitated discussion with Stanford faculty) to deepen students' knowledge and appreciation of modes of creative expression.

For Resident Fellows and Community Managers

Contact: ResEd

Campus Public Art Proposals

Members of the Stanford community (faculty, staff, and students) are eligible to submit proposals for temporary public art projects.

For Faculty, Academic Staff, and Students

Offered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts 

Deadline: Rolling

Contact: Claudia Dorn

Featured artsCatalyst Stories:


POLISCI 103: Justice

Rob Reich, Political Science

The class is Stanford's interdisciplinary introduction to moral and political philosophy. Professor Rob Reich used Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” as a primary text for a unit on racial justice. After studying the text, students attended Anna Deavere Smith’s recitation of the letter in Memorial Church.


PWR 1SC: Rhetoric of Public Art

Selby Wynn Schwartz, Program in Writing and Rhetoric

This course asks students to look at public art from a rhetorical perspective. Students visited Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center in the Mission District in San Francisco, where they participated in an artist-led tour of Balmy Alley and surrounding community murals. The class discussed the cultural history of murals, including issues of cultural appropriation and the vandalism/art debate in street art.

CS 147 (Photo: Ash Ngu)

CS 147: Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction Design

James Landay, Computer Science

In this class, student teams participate in a quarter-long project to design and build a mobile application prototype around a set of needs. Within the course, there are several studios each with a focus on a particular theme. During Fall 2016, one of the studio themes was Art and Culture. Students in this studio visited the newly reopened SFMoMA to complement their understanding of the arts, and to evaluate the user interfaces of museum apps in the real world.


AMSTUD 104: America at Play: A History of Leisure in the United States

Kristen Haring, History

The class explores how changes in values, economics, politics, technology, and modes of social interaction affected Americans’ recreational pursuits. The popular midcentury pastime of painting-by-numbers was used as a case study in what can be learned through the commercialized leisure practice of kit-assembly and as a way to explore the boundary between professional and amateur art. Each class participant completed a paint-by-numbers kit, to engage in the practice first-hand. The completed kits were shared during a special class meeting at the Cantor Art Center.

CSRE 131

ASNAMST/CSRE 131: Trauma, Healing, and Empowerment in Asian America

Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu, Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

This course seeks enhance the traditional academic focus of psychology, history, and sociology with embodied practice and creative expression. Students participated in an all-day taiko workshop conducted by TaikoPeace that integrated taiko drumming with artistic modalities such as Butoh dancing, chanting, and spoken word in order to activate and awaken self-expression.

Interdisciplinary Resources

Publicize Events + Programs

There are many avenues to reach students and the Stanford community when publicizing your event or course. We encourage you to work with your department publicist or student services administrator to get the word out.


Anderson Collection at Stanford University

Use the Anderson Collection in your curriculum, teach in the galleries, tour your students and have access to the archive of books from the Anderson library.

Admission always free.

Wednesday – Monday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 8pm

Cantor Arts Center

The Cantor Arts Center welcomes class meetings in its galleries, occasionally or on a regular basis, and faculty can request docent-led tours. Faculty can also make appointments to view works from the Cantor’s collection for smaller classes, sections, seminar groups, and individual research.

Admission always free.

Wednesday – Monday 11am – 5pm
Thursday 11am – 8pm

Institute for Diversity in the Arts

The Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) + Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA) is an interdisciplinary program in the humanities that involves students in the study of culture, identity and diversity through artistic expression.

Office of the Vice President for the Arts

DEVELOP creative leaders and scholars in the arts.
SUPPORT the Stanford community with funding, space and other resources.
CONNECT collaborators on campus and beyond.
ENGAGE students, faculty, alumni, and visitors through interdisciplinary programs and events.


Stanford Arts Institute

The Stanford Arts Institute offers interdisciplinary arts curricula and research programs, including Arts Immersion, Capstone in the Arts, and Research Fellowships.

Stanford Live | Bing Concert Hall

Include Stanford Live performances in your curriculum, bring a class to see a show and discuss in the classroom.

20% off full-priced tickets with Stanford faculty ID (limit 2 per ticket) available online, in person and by phone.

Faculty Ticket complimentary with any discounted student group purchase of 10+.