Diversity Committee expands Guest Artist Initiative funding requests to student projects

Friday, September 15, 2017

Following the success of its Guest Artist Initiative program, the Fine Arts Diversity Committee (FADC) is accepting proposals from students for projects that will support the inclusion and diversity goals of the college.

In 2015 the FADC launched the Guest Artist Initiative, funded through dedicated funds from the Provost’s Office, to encourage cross-college collaboration on diversity and inclusion through sponsorship of distinguished visitors to the UT campus and College of Fine Arts (COFA). Through proposals presented by faculty and staff in the college, visiting artists and speakers supported by the Guest Artist Initiative have included a symposium on Music, Property, and Law; a residency by artists Mark “Stew” Stewart(link is external); a residency with Elizabeth Sayre(link is external)/Susana Arenas(link is external); a residency with Tonya Pinkins(link is external); and a hip-hop residency with “Sampling.”

For faculty/staff proposals, up to $1,000 continues to be available for each proposal originating from a single department or academic unit of the College of Fine Arts; proposals involving collaboration between multiple departments/units may be funded up to an additional $1,000 for the project (for a $2,000 total maximum). Faculty/staff proposals must be submitted at least eight weeks before the proposed residency with complete information.

Now FADC is also accepting student project proposals, with up to $1,000 available for each proposal submitted. Student proposals with complete information must be submitted at least four weeks before the proposed project.

The FADC supports and collaborates with the COFA units in the design and implementation of strategies that advance diversity. By actively establishing and fostering a culture of inclusivity throughout the Fine Arts community, the committee assists in the development of recruitment and retention strategies for underrepresented students, faculty and staff; provides forums for mutual respect, an appreciation of differences and cross-cultural understandings; and prepares our community for a changing global society.

Proposing faculty, staff, and students will be asked to document the residency or student project and help assess its effectiveness in reaching a wide constituency across the College of Fine Arts and beyond. All proposals must clearly indicate how the guest residency or student project will further the goals and objectives of the FADC. In addition to this primary criterion, consideration will be given to proposals that include a career-related presentation through Fine Arts Career Services, involve co-sponsorship including financial support by other University or community partners, and/or include engagement with teacher-education classes.

Proposals will be reviewed as received by a COFA/FADC review team, and the committee will respond within two weeks of proposal submission.

For help or questions, please contact Associate Dean Andrew Dell’Antonio.