Art & Culture

Provost's Interdisciplinary Arts Fund

The Interdisciplinary Arts Fund, awarded by the Provost’s Arts Advisory Council, supports art and culture initiatives at Penn that are collaborative and directly engage students. It aims to advance the role of art and culture in student and academic life, as well as the development of interdisciplinary, cross-campus and community partnerships. Offered since 2010, the Arts Fund will complement grants made possible by the exciting new Sachs Program for Arts Innovation.

Proposals to the existing Arts Fund should be for major events, projects, or programs that engage a diverse range of students and bring together multiple groups, especially collaborations among Penn art and culture organizations and academic departments or centers. The Fund may provide seed money to develop large new cross-disciplinary initiatives and/or projects that already exist or are being planned.

Proposals should consist of a project narrative (no more than three pages) and a detailed budget. The narrative section should address how the project will engage a diverse group of students, foster cross-campus partnerships, engage one or more of Penn’s art and culture centers, and impact the Penn and/or Philadelphia communities. Projects may be funded in whole or in part; the Fund will ideally award up to eight grants of between $2,000-$10,000.

Questions can be addressed to Leo Charney in the Office of the Provost at

Proposals are due no later than February 24, 2017, submitted by email to

Applicants will be notified of award decisions before the end of the spring semester.