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.
Thank you for your interest, but the call for proposals for fall 2020 and spring 2021 residencies is now closed. Check back in fall 2020 to submit a proposal for the following academic year.
In preparation for submitting your proposal, please review the following supplementary materials and be prepared to complete and upload the Residency Budget Worksheet:
Each semester-long residency comprises the following:
- A pre-residency planning visit
- An interdisciplinary course, which may include guest presenters/speakers
- At least one free public event (e.g. workshops, exhibitions, performances, symposia, etc.)
- Campus and community outreach activities, such as giving lectures on campus, speaking to community groups, and giving interviews to local media
The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency award includes both funding and staff support.
1. Funds of up to $60,000 per residency may be used for:
- Artist planning visit
- Artist salary
- Artist travel to campus (1 round trip)
- Course supplies and expenses
- Public event expenses
- Travel & expenses for guest presenters
- Student assistant wages
- Residency publicity and documentation
- Faculty residency lead course buy-out
Note: Costs of health benefits will be covered separately and do NOT need to be factored into the award of $60,000.
2. The Division of the Arts provides staff support for:
- Residency planning and management
- Artist hire (either through the Division of the Arts or the host department)
- 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. Organizations outside of the university may partner on residencies. Proposals will be reviewed by the Division of the Arts Academic Affairs Committee.
Please note that you will be asked to submit a detailed summary of the proposed residency including the following information:
- Proposal Narrative – including links to artist work samples, descriptions of the proposed residency, the expected benefits to students, university, and local community.
- Course Description – with a draft of the proposed interdisciplinary residency course syllabus
- Support letters from the host department and co-sponsoring departments/ units
- Budget Worksheet – outlining the proposed residency elements and associated costs
- Answers to questions about the artist’s availability to live in Madison for a semester, needs for studio/ office space and more.
You will have the opportunity to save and return to your proposal, adding and editing information as you work with various parties, including the proposed artist.
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 approval. The Division of the Arts is committed to working with departments to develop successful proposals, and we suggest contacting us as early in the process as possible.
Division staff is available for consultation, including providing examples of prior successful residency applications, and reading and offering feedback on drafts of the proposal at firstname.lastname@example.org.