Division of the Arts Celebrates 25th Year of Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program, Opens “IARP at 25” Call for Proposals for 2024–2025 Academic Year

The University of Wisconsin–Madison Division of the Arts has opened the call for proposals for the 2024–25 cycle of its Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP), commemorating its 25th year. Since 1999, when the Division of the Arts (then Arts Institute) welcomed artist Nick Cave to Madison, the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program has hosted 51 residencies involving 55 artists-in-residence and more than 140 guest artists from 20 different countries, engaging over 50 university units and over 40community organizations.

The IARP at 25 call for proposals asks artists, faculty, and staff to envision the full potential of an interdisciplinary arts residency by expanding artistic and academic inquiry, cultivating new partnerships with campus and community arts entities, and engaging innovative and diverse visiting artists. The call for proposals is open for semester-long and one academic year-long residencies.

IARP at 25 commemorates the diversity of artists and the expertise they have brought to the university — from curators to choreographers, costume designers to cartoonists, environmental filmmakers to experimental theatre artists, architects to activists — that has opened opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and strengthened programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.

IARP provides students with extended, intimate, and high-impact learning experiences with a working artist, including options to earn course credit. In 25 years, interdisciplinary artists-in-residence, including notable artists Rhodessa Jones (2014), Marc Bamuthi Joseph (2007), and Pauline Oliveros (2001), have taught 53 interdisciplinary courses, enrolling 429 students. The diversity of course offerings facilitates scholarship and knowledge-building in interdisciplinary practices and in understanding alternative perspectives.

All residencies center on interdisciplinary arts, recognizing that interdisciplinarity can break down barriers and silos, advance intellectual artistic diversity, and give opportunities to people who do not fit into the traditional modes of inquiry and practice. Residencies often extend connections with faculty, the university, and the Madison community. For example, artists-in-residence Faisal Abdu’Allah (2013) and Lynda Barry (2012) now hold faculty appointments at UW–Madison.

The 2024–25 academic year will also culminate with the final year of the “Arts for Everyone, Everywhere” Interdisciplinary Arts Outreach Initiative, a three-year project of the Division of the Arts. Funded by the Baldwin Idea Grant, the project builds on the legacy of the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program and its potential reach and impact across the state of Wisconsin.

Complete and share your proposal for IARP at 25 by Monday, November 20, 2023 at noon CT.

Visit artsresidency.wisc.edu/propose for more information on the proposal process.