Creative Campus

In my last post, I spoke of Creative Campus.  What is it?

It is an initiative that helps colleges and universities to integrate the arts into all areas of student life.

(Program Description and Program Goals content taken from Creative Campus website.)

Program Description

The purpose of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program is to identify, support, and document cross-campus interdisciplinary collaborations that integrate the work of performing arts presenters in the academy and the surrounding community. Arts Presenters will award between 8 to 10 one- to two-year project grants, ranging from $100,000-$200,000 each in 2010 to college and university presenters for projects that go beyond conventional practice and perspectives, feature innovative or experimental approaches, connect with arts and non-arts constituencies, and stimulate discussion and debate. Funding support is meant to both support new initiatives and deepen existing efforts to integrate the performing arts into the academy.

Project Goals

Creative Campus Innovations projects incorporate a variety of campus-based programs and activities that integrate the work of presenters into the life of the academy and the community by working collectively with other college or university partners and community partners to maximize resources and capacities in the performing arts. Each project meets the following goals:

  • integrate the performing arts into the education, service, and scholarly missions of the academy and engage chief academic officers and executive leadership;
  • provide opportunities to deepen and expand the participation of artist(s) in the academy through long term residencies, commissions and/or other creative activities; and
  • identify, document, and share lessons learned that will contribute to an evolving knowledge base and learning community for campuses and the wider performing arts and presenting field.

For more information on Arts Presenters, please visit


At the University of Alabama students in the Manderson Graduate School of Business may opt to complete the Cultural Awareness Program.  The program has two levels.  Level One requires graduate business students to attend an introductory session on the arts and commerce, six cultural events and debriefing sessions.  Level two requires everything in Level One plus active involvement in running a production, arts marketing campaign, event programming or board membership.

At Dartmouth College, the Hopkins Center for the Arts  used a two-year grant to “raise awareness and spark discussion about socio-economic difference in communities throughout the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.”  The “specific goals with this project were to: (a) Provide opportunities for artists, students, faculty, administrators, and community members to engage with an important topic within a largely undergraduate liberal arts institution setting; (b) Raise awareness within the organization and academic institution to issues of class; (c) Build and deepen relationships with community organizations and academic departments; (d) Model a successful role for a campus arts presenter in creating and touring new work; (e) Build new audiences.”