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Artivism Student Action Program (ASAP) Fund

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.

The call for applications is currently closed. Please check back in 2022.

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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?

ASAP will issue a stipend to support you or your student organization in the procurement of a variety of goods or services to ensure the success of your proposal including but not limited to: venue rental, equipment, food, or honorarium for a variety of public performances, events, art exhibitions, or film screenings by guest artists or students. A budget template (.xslx) will be one of the requirements in the application where you will be able to elaborate further about your project’s costs.

How much will ASAP fund?

An individual applicant is eligible for a stipend up to $1,500. Registered Student Organizations, proposals with defined collaborations between two or more students, faculty, staff, and/or community organizations may apply for up to $5,000. Applicants are encouraged to use the budget template (.xlsx) while developing proposals.

No match is required. Campus and community partnerships are encouraged to leverage “in-kind” support whenever possible. The stipend may impact your financial aid package, but we will work with students to reduce that impact.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the 2021-2022 academic year and will be evaluated soon after they are received. Applicants will receive notification of funding within one week of receipt.

How will ASAP proposals be evaluated?

A twenty point scale will be used by our committee to evaluate proposals. Applicants are encouraged to refer to the evaluation guidelines (PDF) while developing proposals. It is recommended to write the major components of your application in a separate document to refer back to later and copy and paste into the application fields.

Recognition requirements

Applicants who receive approval will be expected to include the ASAP Fund logo on any promotional materials for their project, if applicable. Projects taking place in-person will be expected to incorporate the ASAP logo via a pocket-size projector and any ASAP-branded merchandise, which the Division of The Arts will supply, if applicable.

Reporting requirements

A final report (.docx) will be required for successful applicants. This should be completed within 30 days of completion of your ASAP-funded project.

Contact asap@arts.wisc.edu with questions.