AVPA Co-Curricular Arts Grant


The Academy of Visual and Performing Arts (AVPA) offers Co-Curricular Arts (CCA) Grants to provide support for productions, performances, or exhibitions of creative works in courses taught in the Colleges of Architecture, Education, and Liberal Arts. These grants are intended to encourage interdisciplinary efforts within and between colleges that provide or enhance the educational experience for students in the arts, and highlight such efforts to the university and community at-large.Intended to support existing departmental programs as well as develop new initiatives, CCA Grants might fund a particular production or artist residency, support multiple projects within a single department, or develop programs across departments. It is assumed that these grants will be awarded to individuals or groups in support of departmental curriculum initiatives. Departments and individuals may apply for more than one grant per granting period or may submit grants that request funding for multiple semesters, but no more than $10,000 will be awarded for any single semester for a maximum of $20,000 per school year.


Texas A&M University tenured and tenure-track faculty and continuing instructional faculty proposing on behalf of co-curricular program in Departments in the Colleges of Architecture, Education, and Liberal Arts are eligible to receive the AVPA Co-Curricular Arts Grant. Co-authored, interdisciplinary proposals are allowed, including co-authored proposals including faculty in Colleges not affiliated with the AVPA. The grant may not be used as faculty salary nor for individual faculty research costs. The AVPA Director and a 3-person subcommittee drawn form the AVPA Advisory Board will adjudicate grant applications. Grants may not be awarded to members of the CCA subcommittee.

Award Limit: $10,000 per semester for a maximum of $20,000 per school year


All proposals must be submitted electronically in PDF format to AVPA Program Coordinator Cheri Friedman (avpa@tamu.edu). Proposals must include the CCA Cover Sheet, including the appropriate department head signatures. In addition, proposals must include:

  • Abstract: A summary briefly describing the project’s objectives, and identifying classes, instructors, and (if appropriate) artists involved. The abstract should not exceed 150 words and must use Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins.
  • Project Description (upload): A narrative description of up to 3 double-spaced pages using Times New Roman 12-point font with one-inch margins. The project description should include any illustrations, figures, data, or other information and:
    • A summary of the project’s objectives and anticipated results, highlighting links to the AVPA’s mission and potential benefit to the TAMU and local community.
    • A list of specific classes impacted by the project, with a description of how the project will be integrated into existing curricula or used to develop new curricular initiatives.
    • A statement describing any interdisciplinary links involved in the project.
  • Budget and Justification: Up to one page, specifically itemizing each budgeted item. Justify each item in the budget in terms of the goals of the project. List the source of any other TAMU funding available for the production, performance, or exhibition of creative works, including College and Departmental funds.
  • Applicant CVs: Up to two pages listing recent publications or creative works in the proposed curricular area for all investigators as well as previous courses taught relevant to the proposal. Also include any artists’ CVs.
  • Guest Artist Information Form: If your proposal includes guest artists, please complete one Guest Artist Information Form for each Guest Artist included in your Co-Curricular Arts Grant request.


The following will be considered in recommending awards:

  1. Potential: The potential of the proposed project to result in outstanding productions, performances, or exhibitions of creative work developed by TAMU students and faculty (and, where applicable, guest artists).
  2. Impact: The potential impact of the productions, performances, or exhibitions of creative work on TAMU students and faculty. Applicants are required to explain how/by what metric that impact is to assessed (quality of venue and/or collaborators, number of students affected, etc.).
  3. Curricularization: The extent to which the proposed project builds on existing curricular strengths and/or develops new curricular initiatives.The integration of theory and practice, as evidenced by rigorous interaction between artists, scholars, and students to develop original productions, performances, or exhibitions of creative work. Projects should contribute to an understanding of performance or visual art as a form of research and analysis.
  4. Qualifications: The previous qualifications of the applicant(s)  and artist(s) to pursue the project successfully.

Granting Schedule

There is one granting period per academic year; this is a change from previous years and better reflects the kinds and timing of our grant applications.

Proposals may include co-curricular events that take place in single or multiple semesters. Proposals will also be accepted for the current or following academic years in order to allow time for integration into the curriculum.

  • Opening date for the submission of proposals: September 15
  • Applications due: November 3
  • Notification of awards and grants: December 1
  • Estimated start date pending any required compliance approval(s): January 15

Budget Information

Applications must include a complete and itemized budget of projected expenses. These expenses may include but are not limited to artist fees; facility rental; purchase of equipment and materials; marketing and publicity; and other normally reimbursable expenses associated with co-curricular productions, performances, or exhibitions of creative works. CCA Grants may not be used to pay faculty or graduate teaching or research assistants’ salary.

Expenses beyond the amount of the grant will not be reimbursed by AVPA.

Project Period

CCA Grants are awarded each semester and for a maximum of 30 months. Any unused funds at the end of the project period will be returned to the AVPA.

CCA Grants must demonstrate a sustained interaction between faculty and students as well as significant educational impact for TAMU students. Results of these activities as well as an explanation of how this impact is assessed must be summarized in an annual AVPA Final Report, to be publicly available and posted on the AVPA website.