Call for Proposals
Funded by the Cluster Hires Initiative through the Office of the Provost, the Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program enables the Division of the Arts to support extended residencies for the benefit of all arts departments and programs of the university. This program brings innovative artists to campus, allows students to undertake ambitious projects, provides course credit, and strengthens programmatic ties among individual departments, programs, and other campus and community arts entities.
The call for proposals for fall 2021 and spring 2022 closed on December 15, 2020. This call was for two semester-long residencies that will take place fully online, although in-person meetings or events may be possible if pandemic conditions and UW–Madison’s policies allow them. Applicants will be notified by February 2021.
Please note: The IARP program format will change for academic year 2022-2023. Starting in fall 2022, the program will host one residency per year with the planning and workshops in the fall semester and the course in the spring semester.
In preparation for submitting your proposal, please review the following supplementary materials and be prepared to complete and upload the Residency Budget Worksheet:
Copies of recent successful proposals and other supplemental materials are also available upon request. Contact Heather Owens, Interdisciplinary Arts Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com with questions.
Each semester-long residency comprises the following:
- A pre-residency planning period starting the semester prior to the residency
- An interdisciplinary course which may include up to 2 guest artists
- 1-3 public events (e.g. workshops, exhibitions, performances, symposia, etc.)
- Campus and community outreach activities, to include participation in a course or event sponsored by The Studio residential learning community https://thestudiouw.arts.wisc.edu/
AY 2021-22 Proposals should assume residencies will take place fully online, although in-person meetings or events may be possible if pandemic conditions and UW-Madison's policies allow them.
The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency award includes both funding and staff support.
Funds of up to $60,000 per residency may be used for:
- Artist salary
- Artist travel (1 round-trip)
- Course supplies and expenses
- Public event expenses
- Guest artist honoraria, travel, and expenses
- Student assistant
- Residency publicity and documentation
- Lead faculty course buy-out
The Division of the Arts provides staff support for:
- Residency planning and management
- Course listing and administration
- Residency-specific event management
- Publicity and marketing communications
- Residency documentation
Units eligible to propose a residency are: 1) academic departments or 2) officially recognized interdepartmental programs, centers, or institutes at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Organizations outside of UW-Madison may cosponsor residencies. Residency leads and lead faculty must be employees of UW-Madison.
Residency proposals will be reviewed by the Division of the Arts Academic Affairs Committee and the decision for the final residency awards will be made by Division of the Arts staff.
As part of the proposal, you will be asked to submit detailed information about the proposed residency including the following information:
- Proposal Narrative including artist biography, availability, relevant experience, and work samples; expected benefits to students, university, and local community; and descriptions of course and public events
- Course Syllabus
- Detailed Budget outlining the proposed residency elements and associated costs
- Letters of Support from the sponsoring (host) department and co-sponsoring departments/ units
Successful interdisciplinary residencies require engagement and excitement from a variety of departments and their faculty, staff, and students. Significant planning and relationship building occur before the residency proposal is submitted for Academic Affairs Committee review.
Division staff is available for consultation, including providing examples of prior successful residency applications, and reading and offering feedback on drafts of the proposal. Contact Heather Owens, Interdisciplinary Arts Programs Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org and cc: email@example.com.