artsCatalyst Grant

The artsCatalyst grant brings creative perspectives into the classroom to create interdisciplinary arts experiences.


artsCatalyst Grants foster interdisciplinary arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. These grants fund activity materials, transportation, and guest speaker honoraria.

Activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • Tickets to a performance (either on-campus or in the Bay Area)
  • Museum admission
  • Workshop with a guest artist
  • Guided walking tours

Eligibility Criteria

Faculty teaching undergraduate courses across the University.

If total course enrollment is less than 15 students, you are encouraged (but not required) to partner with other courses or open your event to the larger Stanford community.

Activities or guest speakers should incorporate an art discipline or perspective from outside that of the listed department(s).

For courses listed/cross-listed in Art & Art History, Music, TAPS, or Creative Writing: activities can be disciplinary or interdisciplinary.

Limit of one grant (up to $1,000) per instructor per academic year.

Grant funds can be applied to multiple courses taught by the instructor. For courses taught by multiple instructors, only one artsCatalyst grant may be awarded per academic year.

Course takes place during Autumn, Winter, or Spring quarter

September Studies and Summer Session courses are not eligible for this grant.

Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will be available in early September 2018.


Sabrina Wilensky
Projects and Grants Manager
Office of the Vice President for the Arts

How to Apply

Required application materials include:

  1. Project Proposal (250-750 words)
  2. Class Syllabus
  3. Financial Administrator Information

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the academic year. Please allow up to two weeks for the review committee to process your request. 

Guidelines and Expectations

artsCatalyst activities should supplement and enhance the core course requirements. Grant funds cannot be used for required course materials.

Eligible grant expenses include tickets/admission, transportation, materials, and honoraria.

Upon completion of the activity, faculty will submit a short final report. Grant recipients are encouraged to include photos from the activity as part of their report.