Recent Awards

For the 2014-15 academic year, the Brandeis Arts Council awarded grants to the Fine Arts Department for a speaker series on art and gender; new studio art workshops; and a program on art and the African disapora. The Theater Arts Department received grants for a performance by Bill Irwin in the Festival of the Arts and development and presentation of two original dance stories by Susan Dibble. The Music Department received grants to support an improvisation festival and a performance by the new music group Sound Icon.

"Whether enriching the experiences of students specifically studying the arts or engaging non-majors in memorable creative opportunities, the [Brandeis Arts] Council has transformed our campus." Read a March 2014 article about the Arts Council onBrandeisNOW.

Grant Guidelines

The Brandeis Arts Council provides grants to support outstanding performances, exhibitions and programs in the School of Creative Arts. Its mission is to enhance the quality and diversity of the arts at Brandeis through the combined annual contributions of its members. 

Council grants support exceptional creative needs and opportunities for artistic development that directly benefit students. The council is dedicated to fostering the excellence of each creative arts department, as well as a shared vision for the arts at Brandeis. 

Guidelines for Applicants

Departments in the School of Creative Arts may apply for funding from the Brandeis Arts Council.  Each department may submit up to three grant applications. Funds must be used by May 31 of the academic year in which they were awarded.

Funds may be used for:

  • Curricular needs or opportunities unique to making and studying art (including travel; materials; adjunct faculty; master classes and workshops; experiencing or attending arts programs and events)
  • Guest artists/lecturers/performers and residencies (including transportation, hospitality, and technical support)
  • Arts events and programming (including augmentation to production, exhibition, or concert budgets)
  • Purchase of specialized equipment, materials, and instructional aids

Funds may not be used for:

  • Reimbursement for programs or events that have already occurred
  • Consortium payments or membership renewals
  • Development, marketing, or recruitment efforts
  • Faculty research/projects
  • Faculty or graduate student travel grants
  • Capital improvements
  • Consultant fees

Application Process

Applications must be first submitted to the department chair for approval.  Each department may submit up to three applications each year.

The Brandeis Arts Council, made up of alumni and parents, will review and rank all applications. From their recommendations, the final decision will rest with the Provost.

Criteria for selection include:

  • Benefits to students in the department
  • Fulfillment of curricular needs and/or artistic aspirations not otherwise addressed
  • Artistic significance of the project
  • Potential impact on Brandeis and the larger academic, artistic, and cultural community
  • Innovation
  • Inclusiveness and global perspective
  • Interdisciplinary potential

For more information, contact Ingrid Schorr in the Office of the Arts.