Deadline Extended for 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, March 16, 2018. Grant proposals will be reviewed in March 2018 for initiatives scheduled to occur in the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters.

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
  • 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
  • Support for concerts, readings, and other performances

Student Grants

Visit the Arts Innovation Grants Apply page for application requirements and deadlines.

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

Grant proposals may request from $5,000 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 2018 and/or Spring 2019
  • 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.


Please submit your application, including all required supporting documentation (including a contact name and email address on the cover page), by 5 p.m., Friday, March 16, 2018, to David Yezzi, associate professor in the Writing Seminars, at Please use the subject line Mellon Arts Innovation Grant Application. If you wish to submit supplementary material in hard copy, please bring it to Yvonne Gobble in the Writing Seminars office, Gilman 081.