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New! Artist Engagement Initiative

The Kaplan Humanities Institute is excited to announce its new Artist Engagement Initiative!

This initiative seeks to expand interdisciplinary engagement among artists, faculty, and students across all programs and departments at Northwestern.

Building upon Kaplan’s longstanding support of arts programming at the university, this initiative will host one Artist in Residence each year and offer select grants to invite artists for co-curricular activities. Applications to the Kaplan Humanities Council are welcome from any unit at Northwestern, and for artists working in any medium or discipline.

The Artist Engagement Initiative will kick off in Spring 2023 with dedicated co-curricular grants to support engagement with artists in or beyond undergraduate or graduate classrooms. We invite you to think broadly about how to connect artists to your scholarly and pedagogical work and submit your ideas!

Kaplan will then announce submission guidelines for the more expansive Artist in Residence program by September 1, 2023. Please don't hesitate to be in touch before September if you are considering an artist residency and would like to talk through possibilities. 

Information on the co-curricular grants is below. For further questions on the Artist Engagement Initiative, please contact Jill Mannor ( 

Co-curricular grants

Application deadlines

The Kaplan Institute's new co-curricular artist grant program supports curricular engagement with artists and their work, aiming for a stronger integration of the arts into undergraduate and graduate teaching in any program or department. Co-curricular grants may help facilitate an artist's lecture or workshop; site visits to artists' studios or events; or other creative integrations of the arts into teaching. The grants can be used to cover artist's honoraria, materials, or transportation for visits or events.

Who can apply for grants?

All Northwestern instructors are invited to apply for co-curricular funds for undergraduate and graduate courses in any school or discipline at the university.

Effort will be made to distribute funds among many diverse departments and programs.

What can the grants cover?

Funds can be used to cover:


The following restrictions apply to all AEI co-curricular grants:

To apply

To apply for Artist Engagement Initiative Co-Curricular funding, please complete the form here:

Thank you!

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