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CCA@CCA Faculty Grants Program

Last updated on Dec 05, 2023

Deadline extended! New deadline: Sunday, December 10, 11:59pm

Apply now to receive up to $1000 in grant support for your spring 2024 course efforts connected to the theme of The Materiality of Resistance.

DEADLINE: December 10, 2023, 11:59pm

AWARDED BY: December 15, 2023

AMOUNTS: Up to $1000

FUNDING AVAILABLE: $5000, divided into 5 grants of $1000 each

The goal of the CCA@CCA Faculty Grant Program is to provide faculty with the support and resources needed to implement small-scale, public-facing projects or activations in their courses that aim to improve the learning experience of students and offer learning opportunities that encourage creative activism. In spring 2024, we are looking for projects that connect to the CCA@CCA theme of The Materiality of Resistance, with funding priority going toward projects taking place the week of March 4-8, 2024 to complement The Materiality of Resistance Symposium. All faculty who are actively teaching at CCA in spring 2024 are invited to submit proposals.

Projects produced in spring 2024 have a special opportunity to be featured in The Materiality of Resistance Symposium, a two-day gathering taking place at CCA March 7-8, 2024 that explores the artistic deployment of materials as tools to imagine, promote, and enact resistance to the status quo in art and visual culture. The Materiality of Resistance Symposium is hosted by the History of Art and Visual Culture (HAVC) program and will convene writers, artists, designers, curators, and archivists from a variety of colleges and universities to consider historical and contemporary stories where the materiality of making contributes to socio-cultural change. More information about the symposium is available here.

The Creative Citizens in Action initiative (CCA@CCA) is funding exhibition activities, Nave installations, and hands-on making activities that would take place in parallel with the Symposium to support expanded participation by CCA students and faculty. While the Symposium focuses primarily on American Art, CCA@CCA funded activities can include topics that are both local, national, and/or global in scope. Suggested activities include course-related art or design work displayed in the Nave, collaborative making sessions, performance, printed materials like posters and zines, talks/lectures/screenings, workshops, and more. We are specifically looking for projects that directly engage students in connection to the theme, encourage creative activism, spark civic dialogue, put students in contact with working artists and practitioners doing activist work, and/or support CCA’s work related to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We aim to support projects from all four academic divisions. Projects taking place later in the semester will be considered.

Please e-mail with any questions. We are happy to provide advice and discuss ideas that are still in the working stage. The submission form is purposely brief. We expect that projects will evolve, and are just asking for just enough details to give us a sense of your course and the proposed project. Your course does not have to focus topically on creative activism, we’ve seen many successful outcomes in introductory, survey, and tools courses.



Creative Citizens in Action at CCA (CCA@CCA) is a college-wide initiative that promotes creative activism and democratic engagement through public programs, exhibitions, and curriculum connections. This grant opportunity is funded by an endowment gift to support The Deborah and Kenneth Novack Creative Citizens Series, an annual series of public programs focused on creative activism that spans the disciplines of art, design, architecture, and writing. A list of past awardees is available here, and we invite you to explore our current Creative Citizens Series as well as archived events from Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021, and Fall 2020.