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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

June 21
Priority Deadline (Applicants will be notified by July 1)

July 31
Final deadline for Fall 2021 courses

September 21
Final deadline for Winter 2022 courses

What’s new this year?

In the past, this program has exclusively supported the integration of UMS live performances into U-M coursework. The shift to online/hybrid coursework in 20-21 forced us to think beyond the UMS stage, hiring artists and experiencing art outside the UMS season.

This year, UMS will support arts integration goals more broadly, funding courses that include performances on the UMS season as well as artists/performances that do not appear on the UMS season.

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 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)
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