artsCatalyst Grants

Purpose

artsCatalyst Grants foster interdisciplinary arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. These grants fund guest speaker honoraria and supplemental activity materials. Activities could include (but are not limited to):

  • Attending a virtual performance or film screening
  • Virtual museum visits
  • Online workshop with a guest artist
  • Virtual walking tours with local experts
  • Guest speakers who address professional development opportunities/career paths involving the arts

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Sabrina Wilensky 2018

Contact:

Sabrina Wilensky (she/her)
Manager of Grants and Programs
Office of the Vice President for the Arts
swilensk@stanford.edu

Criteria

All activities must be in accordance with current University safety policies. For more information, visit healthalerts.stanford.edu/

  • Activities or guest speakers must be directly related to the arts.
  • Class takes place during Autumn 2022, Winter 2023, or Spring 2023.
  • Class must predominantly serve undergraduate students.
  • Funds cannot be used to pay for required class materials, course fees, or to pay Stanford affiliates.

Priority will be given to the following:

  1. Arts activities/experiences in non-arts departments
  2. Arts activities/experiences in introductory courses (particularly those for frosh & sophomores)
  3. Arts activities/experiences in arts departments relating to career pathways

Eligibility

  • Stanford faculty and academic staff teaching undergraduate courses in any department. Limit one application per instructor per quarter.
  • Requests are only reviewed for the upcoming quarter. Instructors applying for multiple quarters will need to submit separate applications.
  • Prior to submitting an application, applicants are encouraged to discuss their intention to apply with their department/program financial administrator to review any department/program procedures that may impact their proposed activity.

Award

  • Awards range from $250-$1,000.
    • Instructors can request artsCatalyst funding for multiple courses in the same quarter as long as the total requested for the quarter is under $1,000.
  • Funding (full or partial) is not guaranteed.

Application Timeline

Timeline for the 2022-23 application cycles will be available in August 2022.

How to Apply

All application materials are submitted via Seed Funding. All responses are entered through the online form--file uploads are not required/accepted.

  1. Seed Funding automatically imports your name, SU email, and bio from Stanford Profiles.
  2. Name of the department/program Financial Administrator who will be processing your grant-related transactions
  3. Class title and number (e.g. "Introduction to Grant Writing" (ARTSINST 9999x))
  4. Activity proposal
  5. Brief activity budget
  6. Any additional funding sources you will be using for this activity

Requirements for Grant Recipients

  • Grant recipients are expected to work with their department/program financial administrator to process all logistics and transactions relating to the proposed activity, and to ensure that all transactions and activities adhere to University policies.
  • Grant recipients may receive partial grants. In these situations the grant recipient should work with their department/program to find additional funds for the proposed activity.
  • Upon completion of the activity, grant recipients will submit a short final report. Grant recipients are encouraged to include photos (with photographer credit) from the activity as part of their report.
  • If the project/activity is no longer taking place, please notify Sabrina Wilensky to discuss next steps.

Past Grant Recipients

Students in Light, Color & Space (CEE 32F) tour artist Jim Campbell’s studio in San Francisco.

artsCatalyst Grants 2021-22

By Sabrina Wilensky | June 15, 2022

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 63 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included a mix of in-person, hybrid, and virtual experiences. 2021-22 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Reading and Writing Poetry (ENGLISH 92-Section 2), Fall…

16 Zoom boxes of students

artsCatalyst Grants 2020-21

By Sabrina Wilensky | August 31, 2021

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 58 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. All of the activities took place in the virtual environment. 2020-21 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients An Artist’s Life: Diverse Voices and Changing Contexts…

artsCatalyst Grants 2019-20

By Sabrina Wilensky | July 30, 2020

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 33 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included field trips to Bay Area cultural organizations, workshops with visiting artists, and attending performances. 2019-20 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Why is Climate Change…

artsCatalyst Grants 2018-19

By Sabrina Wilensky | July 23, 2019

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded 27 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included field trips to Bay Area cultural organizations, workshops with visiting artists, and attending performances. 2018-19 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Interpreting Art (ITALIC 92), Karla…

artsCatalyst Grants 2016-17

By Sabrina Wilensky | June 21, 2017

This past academic year, the Office of the Vice President for the Arts awarded over 20 artsCatalyst Grants to faculty members from across the University. These grants foster interdisciplinary arts experiences that enhance classroom experiences for undergraduate students. Activities included field trips to Bay Area cultural organizations, workshops with visiting artists, and attending performances. 2016-17 artsCatalyst Grant Recipients Media…