Yes. Grant applications due April 1.

The new Arts and the Common Good initiative at Drew encompasses a mini-grant program, an artist in residence and a sculpture installation on campus by Anne Percoco ’05, shown here on Randall’s Island in New York City. Photos by Bill Cardoni
The new Arts and the Common Good initiative at Drew encompasses a mini-grant program, an artist in residence and a sculpture installation on campus by Anne Percoco ’05, shown here on Randall’s Island in New York City. Photos by Bill Cardoni

How can the arts combined with other disciplines strengthen, sustain and expand what we understand as the common good?

That’s the question posed to Drew undergrads and faculty as part of a three-year, $625,000 grant Drew received from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation last year.

The grant challenges the Drew community to answer the question: What is the common good? And it supports deep thinkers in making creative and unexpected connections to further the common good.

“This has the ability to cross the disciplines,” says Associate Professor of Art History Kim Rhodes, who is heading the Mellon grant initiative. “It should be transformative.”

Rhodes and the grant committee are looking for proposals that seek to raise awareness and increase understanding of issues that impact the community, the nation and the world. Proposals could explore themes as varied as the arts and risk, the arts and public discourse or the arts and invention/generation.

“We’ve had a very encouraging response so far,” says Rhodes. “I’ve had several meetings with student groups and spoken at a faculty meeting. It’s all been very positive.”

Drew faculty members and students in the College of Liberal Arts are invited to apply for grants for projects that support the theme The Arts and the Common Good. The mini-grants are worth up to $1,000 each. The grants can be used to organize campus events, attend workshops or conferences, conduct independent research, take on special projects or form partnerships with arts organizations. Faculty members can also apply for course development grants.

The deadline to apply for grants for projects taking place this fall is April 1. For projects starting in January or Spring 2015, applications will be accepted by November 1.

The Mellon grant will also fund an artist-in-residence at Drew, public programming and “New Growth,” an outdoor sculpture installation by artist Anne Percoco ’05 on campus from April through October.—Liz Moore