Below you can find resources for Stanford Faculty to participate and engage with the arts on campus.
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
For projects/events that fall outside of our established grant programs, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts offers small co-sponsorship grants for activities that relate to our mission. Proposals are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. Applications should be submitted at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the project/event to allow for sufficient review time.
Offered by the Office of the Vice President for the Arts
Deadlines: Quarterly (Fall, Winter, Spring)
Contact: Sabrina Wilensky
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: 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.
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.
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
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+.
Contact Ryan Davis
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