Artivism Student Action Program: Fall 2022 Recipients Named as Spring 2023 Applications Open

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Applications for the spring 2023 semester of the University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts’ Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP) are now open. Available to UW–Madison students in any year or major of study, ASAP supports projects or collective actions that use the arts as a force for social change.

Individual student applicants are eligible for funding up to $750. Registered Student Organizations and proposals with defined collaborations between two or more students, faculty, staff and/or community organizations may apply for up to $1,500. At least $6,000 is available for spring, and students apply  through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH).

The Division is also thrilled to announce the fall 2022 ASAP funding recipients. “The Artivism Student Action Program Review Committee and I are excited about the wide scope and potential impact of our fall 2022 ASAP funding recipients, and we look forward to awarding more funds in spring 2023 as we continue to foster arts engagement and activism on campus,” said Nicholas Santas, a 2023 Master of Arts – Business in Creative Enterprise Leadership candidate and Division of the Arts intern. A variety of projects received a total of $8,200 in funding, such as: a community embroidery project celebrating Latina culture; three topical films, including two documentaries and one feature length dark comedy; and a workshop on teaching the trans and non-binary voice.

Please join the Division of the Arts in congratulating the second cohort of ASAP award recipients. The following project descriptions exemplify the breadth, depth and creativity of art and activism that ASAP continues striving to support.

“Bordando Memorias (Embroidering Memories)” | Maria Amalia

Bordando Memoras is a community art project led by Maria Amalia during her 2022-2023 art residency at Synergy Ventures Foundation. Latina Immigrants are invited to saner, embroider and share theIr life journeys as they make art and community.

The Madison Journal of Literary Criticism book cover“Madison Journal of Literary Criticism, fall 2022 edition” | Madison Journal of Literary Criticism (submitted by Ria Dhingra)

The theme of this issue of the “Madison Journal of Literary Criticism” is “Consciousness.” As an abolitionist effort, the publication invites creators and readers alike to tune into a moment when they first become conscious towards institutions of systemic harm, oppression, or activist initiatives. 

“Success in Reentry: A Documentary Film” | Mabel Malhotra

This 30-minute documentary film will explore the stories of several Madison locals who have experienced incarceration and their current engagement with their communities. The filmmakers will facilitate conversations between reentry-focused professionals and formerly incarcerated individuals, touching on their experiences before and during their time in the Wisconsin prison system and their journey after leaving.

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“Chai Stories 2.0” | Praveen Maripelly

“Chai Stories” is a place where people come together and create dialogue while having vegan Chai in order to provide a space to build community. This iteration will broaden social interactions by engaging in a particular story each time.

“The Long Leaving” feature film | Saoirse Bryn

“The Long Leaving” is a dark comedy telling the story of a young woman with children who has to leave her husband and all of the struggles that follow that decision.

“Documentary Short: Remembering Ike” | Kyla Pollard

This experimental documentary explores loss and grief as well as joy and nostalgia.

UW Madison MTNA Collegiate Chapter logo“Teaching the Trans and Non-Binary Voice: Workshop for Students and Educators with Liz Jackson Hearns” | Music Teachers National Association – UW–Madison Collegiate Chapter (submitted by James Carl Osorio)

Directly responding to the growing need for visibility for trans, queer and non-binary individuals, especially in the performing arts, this workshop-based event aims to create and spark awareness of shifting perspectives in pedagogies.

“Networking through the Arts Mixer” | Gamma Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha (submitted by Terjuan Short)

This mixer will present artwork by and to an underserved, diverse student community.

The 2022-23 ASAP funding is made possible by the generous support of the Evjue Foundation, the charitable arm of “The Capital Times” newspaper.

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