CREATE! Micro-Grant Program Accepting Proposals for 2022

The Dean’s Arts Advisory Council in the College of Arts & Letters invites proposals for its CREATE! Micro-Grant Program where students receive funding to create artworks that respond critically and imaginatively to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Open to all Michigan State University undergraduate students who will remain enrolled at MSU during the Fall 2022 semester, the proposal submission deadline is…

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MSU Receives Templeton Religion Trust Grant for Islamic Architecture, Science, and Interreligious Relations Project

Michigan State University has received a $228,000 grant from the Templeton Religion Trust to fund a multi-year, multi-national, multi-faceted research project on “Science, Art and Faith: Architectural Heritage and Islam.” Led by Martha Olcott, James Madison College Professor, and Mohammad H. Khalil, Director of the Muslim Studies Program and Professor in the Department of Religious Studies, with support from Salah Hassan, Director of Global Studies in…

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LiLaC Faculty Promote Open Pedagogy Beyond MSU

The world of language teaching has faced enormous challenges in delivering quality education due to the abrupt transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the major challenges is the difficulty of using traditional textbooks in the new reality, and Arabic language programs are no exception. Two Assistant Professors of Arabic at Michigan State University, Sadam Issa and…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Winner Explores Personal Hardships and Experiences Through Mixed Media Piece

As a transgender individual growing up in a homophobic household, the hardships endured by Mike Gardner created lasting emotional scars, which now serve as inspiration for art and a piece created with support from a $500 CREATE! Micro-Grant.

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Two-Time CREATE! Micro-Grant Recipients Return for Second Season of Their Podcast

A podcast that explores the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the artistic community, created by Nate Davis, senior BFA in Acting major, and Jason Dernay, recent BFA in Acting and BA in Management alumnus, has received the support of a second CREATE! Micro-Grant. The Art of Adaptation podcast features artists at different stages in their careers and lives and…

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NEH Grant to Develop Open-Source Code for Self-Recording Mobile App

College of Arts & Letters’ Assistant Professor of Linguistics Betsy Sneller was awarded a $99,908 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Digital Humanities Advancement Grant (DHAG) program for her project, “Building and Disseminating an App for Ethnographic Remote Audio Recording,” that will develop an open-source code to create a self-recording mobile app, which will be critical for…

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Inaugural HARP Large-scale Development Grant Awarded to Documentary Filmmaker

Safoi Babana-Hampton, Professor of French and Francophone Studies in the Department of Romance and Classical Studies, is the first recipient of the Humanities and Arts Research Program (HARP) large-scale development grant. Presented for the first time in 2021, the $100,000 award is funded through MSU’s Office of Research and Innovation in support of faculty who are engaged in large-scale arts and humanities projects.

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Multi-Institutional Diaspora Solidarities Lab Launches with $2 Million Mellon Grant

A $2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has helped launch the Diaspora Solidarities Lab (DSL), a Black feminist digital humanities initiative that supports solidarity work in Black and Ethnic Studies with a commitment to transformative justice.  The DSL will help build knowledge communities through technology and serve as a co-creating space. It is a hub for Black feminist modes…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Supports Film Creation

Julia Isoniemi, a sophomore double majoring in Theatre and Film Studies, and Ben Barber, a sophomore Theatre major, received a CREATE! Micro-Grant to produce a short film addressing mental health, loss, grief, and life transitions during the COVID-19 pandemic. The film, entitled Acceptance: Our Pandemic Story, covers the story of a student, Lime, who is going to therapy to process…

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CREATE! Micro-Grant Winner Amplifies Artists in a Published Zine

C Widmann, a senior pursuing a B.A. in Theatre and an M.A. in Arts and Cultural Management, received a $500 CREATE! Micro-Grant to publish a digital zine to amplify the stories of artists and their creative pursuits during the pandemic. Widmann’s project, entitled “Creating Something Out of Nothing: Artists Thrive Despite the Pandemic,” grew out of an article Widmann wrote last…

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