Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP) Fund

Coming Soon!

The Division of the Arts believes the arts are a vital resource. They are a means to express outrage against social and political injustices; to imagine and build more inclusive futures through community practice. The arts promote understanding, joy, and appreciation for the plural identities present in our communities. They are functional tools for artists and audiences to address issues of inequity and articulate the need for social change.

UW–Madison students have the talent, creativity, and ability to imagine timely responses to significant community challenges, especially through the arts. Students can use the arts to create change through action. That’s why the Division of the Arts is pleased to offer a new grant program in the fall of 2021! The grant will facilitate student-led endeavors demonstrating strong intersections of art and activism. In turn, our communities will move closer to the vision for equity and inclusivity that we hold as a campus.

The new Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP) Fund will increase the financial capacity for students and student organizations to implement important events focused on:

  • the intersections of art and activism;
  • cultural-enhancement; and
  • programming.

Projects should feature, center, benefit, and/or be led by people marginalized due to their racial, sexual, religious, cultural, and gender identities, physical abilities, socioeconomic status, or any other form of identity-based oppression not listed here.

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Who is eligible to apply for ASAP?

Any UW–Madison student is welcome to apply. Preference is given to proposals led by a Registered Student Organization (RSO). Individual students not associated with an RSO are encouraged to partner with a faculty or staff member, an RSO, and/or a campus or community organization to help support and promote your event.

What will ASAP pay for?

Following UW–Madison purchasing guidelines, ASAP will cover direct expenses such as venue rental, equipment, food, or honorarium for a variety of public performances, events, art exhibitions, or film screenings by guest artists or students.

How much will ASAP fund?

Grant awards will range from $500 to $5,000. No match is required. Campus and community partnerships are encouraged to leverage “in-kind” support whenever possible. Coverable expenses must follow university purchasing guidelines.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis and will be reviewed by the IDEA Committee bimonthly. Applications should be submitted at least four to six weeks before your event or program. Example: if your event is planned for December 1, the latest the application should be submitted is the end of October.

When will the ASAP Fund be available?

Check back for more details in September 2021!

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