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Burt McMurtry Arts Initiatives Fund


The Burt McMurtry Arts Initiatives Fund offers support to faculty-initiated projects that test new directions and possibilities in the arts at Stanford. 

Projects should fall under one of the following:

  • An artistic project (led by the applicant) in connection with another discipline beyond the arts.
  • A collaboration with another institution that promotes discourse between the arts/arts organizations and other disciplines beyond the arts.
  • Convenings, proof of concept, pilots, last mile


  • The project outcome should contribute to discourse regarding the future of the arts. 
  • Funds are not intended to support artist residencies or visiting artist programs.
  • The project team is encouraged to present their work (either as in progress or final) by the end of the grant period.
  • Grant recipients must notify VPA about any events/performances connected with the grant funds at least 2-4 weeks in advance. Grant recipients may be asked to meet with members of the McMurtry family as schedules permit. 
  • The project team will be expected to include an evaluation in the final report that outlines the learnings from this phase of the project and what the next steps (if any) will be for the project. 


Open to all Stanford faculty and academic staff in any discipline

Application Timeline

Application opens: September 1, 2020

Application deadline: October 30, 2020 @ 11:59pm PST

Applicants will be notified within 3-4 weeks of deadline. Additional rounds pending remaining funds.


  • Grants range from $2,500-$5,000 (3-6 grants awarded annually)
  • Limit of one McMurtry Arts Initiatives Fund grant per applicant per academic year.
  • Funding (full or partial) is not guaranteed.
Ellen Oh




2019-20 Recipients


Hideo Mabuchi, “Intermateriality:Redox”

This project comprises the documented making of an art installation that includes ceramics, joined wood, woven/dyed textiles, knotted and stained rope, and photo-micrographs. The proposed project will provide a case study about the connections between STEM and the arts/humanities visible to the campus community, seeding broader conversations and prompting future work.


Diane Frank, “Dances in Conversation w/ Jim Campbell & the Architecture of the Anderson”

This dance/music/art project, tentatively titled “Snap Sets & Continuous Forms 2.0” is a multi-layered site-specific performance project. The retrospective of works by light artist Jim Campbell, installed throughout the Anderson Collection, and the architecture of the museum building itself, will be the paired inspiration and platform for formal construction of the dance and music.

Due to COVID-19, the presentation of this project has been postponed. Frank hopes to resume planning for this component once the Anderson Collection is able to reopen.


Young Jean Lee, “iPads and iPens for Playwriting”

Young Jean Lee has been working as a professional playwright and director for the past sixteen years, and in 2018 became the first Asian-American female to have her play produced on Broadway. In her classes, students develop full-length plays, with an emphasis on learning how to create collaborative communities to support the further development of their plays after the class is over. Lee is utilizing grant funds to purchase iPads to facilitate real-time edits and annotations.

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