Arts Innovation Grants

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is sponsoring Arts Innovation Grants to support artistic innovation at Johns Hopkins. Arts Innovation projects are intended to spark creativity, encourage interdisciplinary and inter-institutional collaborations, and extend the reach of the arts and humanities programs at Johns Hopkins to the greater Baltimore community. The Mellon grants, with their emphasis on innovation, are intended to stimulate new (or substantially improved) activities.

Both faculty and students are eligible to submit proposals. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 24, 2017. Grant proposals for initiatives scheduled to occur during the Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters will be reviewed in March 2017.

Eligible Areas: Film, Theater, Creative Writing, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Digital Media, Museums and Exhibitions, Media Studies

Examples of potential projects:

  • The development of new courses that allow small classes to travel to “arts destinations” for both research and experiential learning
  • A Johns Hopkins-MICA student film festival
  • Collaborative screenwriting projects between the Film and Media Studies Program and the Writing Seminars
  • Artists-in-residence programs that offer students opportunities to work in close collaboration with theater, film, literary, and visual artists
  • A public lecture series featuring leading artists and performers
  • Research support for senior theses and capstones in the arts
  • An exhibition based on student research/work or university collections
  • Support for concerts, readings, and other performances
  • New courses in the arts (including summer and intersession courses)

Faculty Grants

Arts Innovation Grants are designed to help Johns Hopkins faculty develop interdisciplinary (cross-program, cross-departmental, cross-divisional, or cross-institutional) undergraduate courses and activities that create new opportunities in the arts for JHU students. Priority will be given to those projects that include two programs or departments of the university, or one department and a community partner—such as the Maryland Institute College of Art—or that have significant interdisciplinary content. (While the Arts Innovation Grants provide funding for courses and activities that could not otherwise be offered, the authorization to offer a course must come, as always, from the appropriate academic unit.)

Eligibility: Faculty from all divisions of The Johns Hopkins University. (Academic departments and programs may also support/submit applications that fund qualified visiting/adjunct faculty.)

Grant proposals may request up to $10,000 in funding.

Proposals should be no more than three pages in length and should include the following:

  • Project Description: Title and summary of project, including required materials and grading criteria (if applicable), as well as the departments/divisions that will participate
  • Faculty: Departmental/divisional affiliation of faculty and any staff or community partner who will help oversee the proposed project, and relevant areas of expertise
  • Dates of project: Fall 2017 and/or Spring 2018
  • Relevance: How will the proposed course or activity strengthen arts/cultural opportunities for undergraduates?
  • Budget: Specific purpose and amounts for which funds are requested
  • All projects must be associated with a program or department of Johns Hopkins. Funding will be distributed through the sponsoring department.

Student Grants

The Arts Innovation Grants are designed to help Johns Hopkins undergraduates create new co-curricular activities or to significantly increase the impact of already existing co-curricular activities in the arts within the university and the greater Baltimore communities.

Eligibility: Full-time JHU students for the academic year 2017–2018

Funding up to $3,000 may be requested. Proposals should be no more than three pages in length, including one page specifying in complete detail the budget and proposed allocation of the funds requested. All grant proposals should be accompanied by at least one letter from a faculty or staff sponsor who is familiar with the student(s) making the proposal. Grant proposals should include the following:

  • Project Description: Summary of proposed project.
  • Participant(s): Name and contact information for applicant(s).
  • Relevance: How will the proposed project strengthen art/cultural opportunities for undergraduates at JHU and/or in the greater Baltimore community?
  • Background: What prior experiences have the student or students making the proposal had that makes them likely to be successful?
  • Date: Beginning/ending dates of proposed activity.
  • Budget: Applicants should submit a detailed budget to support their funding request.
  • All projects must be associated with a program or department of Johns Hopkins. Funding will be distributed through the sponsoring department.


Please submit your application, including all required supporting documentation, (with a contact name and email address) by 5 p.m., Friday, February 24, 2017, to David Yezzi, associate professor in the Writing Seminars, at If you wish to submit supplementary material in hard copy, please bring it to Yvonne Gobble in the Writing Seminars office, Gilman 081.