Cornell Council for the Arts accepting project proposals

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The Cornell Fashion Collective's recent runway show was supported by a Cornell Council for the Arts grant.

The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) is seeking members of the campus community with new, experimental and exceptional art projects to apply for project grants this semester.

The CCA Individual Grant Program offers $1,000 in direct financial support for up to 25 projects by Cornell students and student organizations, and $2,500 for up to 15 projects by faculty, departments and programs. Applications are being accepted until Friday, April 8, for projects to be presented in fall 2016 and spring 2017.

More details and grant program guidelines are available at the CCA website and at an information session, March 22 from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. in B1 West Sibley Hall, the AAP Connect office and conference area. For information or to register for the session, contact the CCA at 607-255-7274 or

CCA supports projects in studio art, design, installation, media, music, creative writing, dance and fashion. Projects can take the form of exhibitions, performances, lectures, symposia, workshops and other events open to the Cornell community. The grant program is designed to assist projects whose scope or form exceeds what can be supported in existing curricula or regular coursework. Work that takes an interdisciplinary approach or projects that link various departments on campus are strongly encouraged.

For the current academic year, the council supported the development and presentation of 33 exhibitions and events representing 15 arts departments and programs, ranging from individual projects to departmentwide initiatives. Events included the Jewish Studies Program’s Yiddish Theater Festival in September and the Cornell Fashion Collective’s 32nd Annual Runway Show, held earlier this month.

“The Cornell Council for the Arts has empowered us for the last three years to bring our ideas to life to have an impact on the greater Cornell community,” said Pamela Chueh, B.Arch. ’17. Chueh is a member of AAP Association, a student organization that fosters connections across disciplines with an annual publication and events including last year’s RAW EXPO.

Upcoming CCA-supported events and exhibitions include “The Biggest Little Fashion City: Ithaca and Silent Film Style,” a four-month fashion exhibit opening April 8 in the Human Ecology Galleries; experimental works by the Association for Graduates in Theatre Lab, being staged April 14-16 at the Schwartz Center for the Performing Arts; and the History of Art Majors’ Society exhibition “15 Minutes: Exposing Dimensions of Fame,” April 16-July 24 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

The CCA welcomes inquiries and questions about project criteria, and can guide students and faculty through the application process. The CCA office in 114 Sibley Hall is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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