In 2018-19 we are piloting a program for graduate students in the arts and humanities who are interested in community-engaged research, teaching and creative work. A committee composed of faculty and staff from the Office for Outreach and Engagement, CU Engage and the Graduate School selected six students for the inaugural cohort. No prior experience with engaged scholarship was required for the applicants. Information about application deadlines and details for a 2019-20 cohort will be posted in late Fall 2018. Contact Lisa Schwartz, program lead, with any questions or for additional information.
Receive a stipend for participation ($1,000) and for partnering with communities (up to $1,000).
Creatively apply tools, approaches and expertise from your discipline to community interests and build mutually beneficial relationships with community and campus partners.
Grow your public and academic image and repertoire.
Network with artists, nonprofits, leaders, academics and community members statewide.
Attend activities at two conferences in April and May 2018 oriented toward the creative industries, creative placemaking, and the economic and cultural vitality of Colorado towns.
Develop partnerships with communities over the summer and 2018–19 academic year.
Applicants must be enrolled graduate students in the arts and humanities at CU Boulder. No prior experience with engaged scholarship is required. Preference will be given to students who are enrolled in PhD or MFA programs.
The cohort will meet to develop partnership plans over summer 2018. Cohort members will have academic year 2018–19 to actualize the plan and to present an aspect of their work in a public format that will be determined (e.g. a blog, talk, etc). An important goal of the program is to emphasize relationship development and a collaborative process for working with Colorado communities as well as campus colleagues. Our office has many potential partners across campus and Colorado with whom students in the cohort could develop partnerships (see example projects and partners below).
The following required meetings are with the cohort and the Office for Outreach and Engagement Program Manager Lisa Schwartz. Campus and community partners relevant to the program will also attend meetings. The program is designed with an understanding of the needs and schedules of graduate students.
As an Engaged Arts and Humanities Scholar, graduate students will gain experiences in applying the tools of their discipline (research, teaching and creative work) to forge relationships and spaces for community interaction and dialogue. For some current thought on this type of work, see The New Work of Building Civic Practice, Michael Rohd, 2012 and the National Humanities Conference.
For example, students might listen to, document and share community members' stories or faciliate community members in doing this work themselves. Or, they might develop workshops, performances or creative work with communities. We have a wide network of existing partners and will support students in work with organizations in urban, rural and small town Colorado with communities that historically have less access to CU Boulder resources. In locations where changing community demographics, economies, landscapes, rising housing prices and gentrification are hot button issues, students' collaborative work could support the inclusion of diverse communities in local programming, important community conversations and/or opportunities to educate those from other locations.
Below are examples of some existing projects and programs across campus and Colorado that students could partner with to support or extend their work and/or reach new communities. These programs are aware of and excited about possibilities and there are many more possibilities as well!
Please have the following information ready before you begin the online application (note that the application is now closed). Check back in Fall 2018 for information about the Spring 2019 deadline for the 2019-20 cohort.
Section Two: Availability for key dates noted on the application
Section Three: Research and Interests