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Course Development Grants

Taylor Mac classroom visit

Classroom visit with theater artist Taylor Mac

Get Funding to bring the arts into your classroom!

U-M faculty are invited to propose courses that feature the performing arts as a significant part of their curriculum. Faculty of all ranks across all U-M campuses are eligible to apply.

Funding can be used for a variety of applications. Some examples include:

  • Subsidizing the cost of tickets for students to attend a performance (presented by UMS or elsewhere)
  • Hiring a guest artist to visit a class
  • Paying for access to a digital recording of a performance
  • Arts-related books and other research materials
  • Other relevant arts integration costs with approval

Grantees will receive $500 to utilize for arts integration-related costs. In addition, they will receive $1000 in salary stipend or research fund contribution. More funding may be available pending approval. View the application to learn more.

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Application deadlines

May 20, 2022
Priority Deadline (Applicants will be notified by June 1)

August 1, 2022
Final deadline for Fall 2022 courses

September 19,2022
Final deadline for Winter 2023 courses

Unsure where to start?

The most successful projects are created in conversation and collaboration with UMS. We want to hear from you! Please contact Maddy Wildman, UMS University Programs Manager, at mwildman@umich.edu with inquiries.

Examples of past projects

  • Social Justice, Identity, Diversity, and Community (Michigan Community Scholars Program)
  • Psychology of Language (Psychology)
  • Introduction to Fluid Mechanics (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Structure and Reactivity (Chemistry)
  • Black France (Romance Languages & Literatures)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language Internationally (English Language Institute)
  • Midwifery (School of Nursing)
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities (School of Public Health)
  • Landscape, Culture, and Nature (School of Sustainability & the Environment)
  • Histories of Human Experimentation (LSA Honors Program/ History)
  • Theories and Practice for Community Action and Social Change (School of Social Work)

Application Questions

Application questions are listed below, you will be able to respond to them on the final page of the online application.

  1. Please describe your proposed course. If you chose a UMS performance, How will that performance relate to the questions/content areas you are exploring in the course? If you have other plans, please describe them below and explain how they will inform your coursework.
  2. How will developing and teaching this course challenge you and your students? What skills and competencies will it help you and your students develop? How will it address particular challenges of teaching and learning in your discipline?
  3. What kind of support can UMS provide to make this a successful teaching experience? What questions do you have for UMS about integrating the arts into your course?
  4. How might you incorporate a UMS visiting artist or teaching artist into a class meeting or activity?
  5. Please describe any previous experience you’ve had integrating the arts into your classes (please note, previous experience is NOT required to be selected).
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