Imagine Fund Special Events Grant Program

The Imagine Fund Special Events Grant Program seeks to support new and ongoing activities across the University of Minnesota system that promote profound understanding of the human condition, excellence, innovation, collaboration, interdisciplinary dialogue, and greater public engagement with the University.

Special Events Grants are highly competitive and must relate to the areas of the arts, humanities, or design. Awards rarely will be granted for traditional academic symposia or conferences—these types of events must be innovative and include a significant public engagement component. It is recommended, but not required, that applicants seek collaboration and co-sponsors through the IAS or other centers and colleges.

Special Events Grants are administered by the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), a systemwide institute for advancing interdisciplinary collaborations, including the humanities, arts, and design.

Grant Rounds

The IAS will administer grants in multiple rounds during the 2022–23 academic year. 

  • For events commencing late Fall 2022 through Fall 2023 (Funds will be made available November 14, 2022), please apply during our Fall 2022 cycle. Proposal Deadline: Wednesday, October 17, 2022 at noon / 12:00 p.m. CT. Full proposal details and instructions are available here.

  • For events commencing late Spring 2023 through Spring 2024, please apply during our Spring 2023 cycle. Proposal Deadline: Monday, January 30, 2023 at noon / 12:00 p.m. CT

 

Past Imagine Fund Special Events Grant Recipients

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2020 Recipients

LEAD APPLICANT PROJECT TITLE DEPARTMENT
Abimbola Asojo Design in a Post-Pandemic World (DPPW) Series Design, Housing and Apparel, School of Architecture
Jessica Lopez Lyman Somos 50: Chicano and Latino Studies Anniversary Series Chicano and Latino Studies

2016 Recipients

LEAD APPLICANT PROJECT TITLE DEPARTMENT
Terrion Williamson The Black Midwest African American and African Studies
Barbara Frey Truth, Trials, and Memory: An Accounting of Transitional Justice in El Salvador and Guatemala Institute for Global Studies
Futures Exhibition + Participatory Socially and Ecologically Engaged Art Event
Mark Collier Expanding the UMM Midwest Philosophy Colloquium to include a Robust Public Outreach Component Philosophy
Mandy Menke Evolving Perspectives on Advancedness: A Symposium on Second Language Spanish Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Laurie Ouellette Critical Social Media Studies Colloquium Series Communication Studies
Brook Miller Prairie Gate Literary Festival English
David Chang Performance, Art, and Storytelling: Pacific Islander Community History
Linsey Griffin Engaging Alumni, Community, and Twin Cities Metro High School Students through an Alumni Retrospective and Apparel Studio Workshops Design, Housing and Apparel
Aren Aizura Critical Disability Studies Collaborative (CDSC) Colloquium Series Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies
Ana Forcinito Trauma at the Crossroads of Art and Science: Narrative Memory, Visual Representation, and Human Rights Spanish & Portuguese Studies
Alice Lovejoy Remapping European Media Cultures during the Cold War: A Symposium at the University of Minnesota, March 30 – April 1, 2017 Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature
Phyllis Moen Life Course Center Policy Conference Sociology
Paul Ranelli Exploring medicines and the medication-taking experience through visual arts Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences

2015 Recipients

LEAD APPLICANT PROJECT TITLE DEPARTMENT
Tracey Deutsch Re-Imagining Food Systems History, College of Liberal Arts
Ofelia Ferrán Catalonia: Past, Present, Future Spanish and Portuguese Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Zenzele Isoke Black Life and the Pedagogies of Spatial Resistance in the Twin Cities Gender, Women and Sexuality, College of Liberal Arts
Erika Lee Immigrant America: A Year-Long Public Dialogue about Immigration in Contemporary America in Recognition of the 50th Anniversary of the 1965 Immigration Act Immigration History Research Center, College of Liberal Arts
Jason McGrath New Angles on Chinese Film History: Conference & Public Film Screenings Asian Languages and Literatures, College of Liberal Arts
Stuart McLean Cannibal Metaphysics: Engaging the Challenges of Indigenous Thought Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
Tamsie Ringler River of Iron: Pouring the Mississippi Art, College of Liberal Arts
Christina Schmid Curating at a Crossroads Art, College of Liberal Arts
Catherine Squires Well-being and African American Voices Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Jennifer Webb Guerrilla Girls Gig & Workshop Art History, Department of Art and Design (Duluth)

2014 Recipients

In February 2014, 13 awards representing $100,000 were made for the 2014-15 academic year.
LEAD APPLICANT PROJECT TITLE DEPARTMENT
Peter Campion John Berryman at 100, A Celebration of the Life English, Language, and Literature, College of Liberal Arts
Vichet Chhuon Southeast Asians in the Diaspora Curriculum & Instruction, College of Education and Human Development
Brad Hokanson Design Cycles: A Bike Show Design, Housing and Apparel, College of Design
Lynn Lukkas The Audible Edge Art, College of Design
Northern Spark at the New Northrop* Phyllis Messenger Institute for Advanced Study
Brook Miller Prairie Gate Literary Festival Division of Humanities (Morris)
Mark Pedelty Sustaining Place, Making Music: A Campus Lecture and Performance Communication Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Luis Ramos-Garcia The State of Iberoamerican Studies Series: Human Rights and Theatre Spanish & Portuguese Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Justin Rubin Music of the World War II Generation Theory and Composition, Department of Music (Duluth)
Ozayr Saloojee The Duluth Homestretch: Creative City Making Meets Grandma’s Marathon School of Architecture, College of Design
Christina Schmid Outdoor Cinema at Northern Spark Art, College of Liberal Arts
Mark Russell Smith Mahler Resurrection Symphony Mentorship Project Music, College of Liberal Arts
William Viestenz Cultural Production and Human Rights: Iberia and Africa in the 21st Century Spanish & Portuguese Studies, College of Liberal Arts

 

*This project was submitted on behalf of the following Twin Cities-based faculty collaborators:

  • Ananya Chatterjea, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance — College of Liberal Arts
  • Juliette Cherbuliez, Department of French and Italian — College of Liberal Arts
  • Rebecca Krinke, Department of Landscape Architecture — College of Design
  • Richard Lee, Department of Psychology — College of Liberal Arts
  • Serge Rudaz, Department of Physics — College of Science and Engineering and Director, University Honors Program

2013 Recipients

In January 2013, 12 awards representing $104,000 were made for the 2013 academic year.
EVENT TITLE LEAD APPLICANT DEPARTMENT
University of Minnesota Brass Symposium: Building Musical Bridges Tom Ashworth School of Music, College of Liberal Arts
Global Art and Peace Education Residency and Outreach Alison Aune Department of Art and Design (Duluth)
Arditti String Quartet recital Michael Cherlin School of Music, College of Liberal Arts
Watershed: Exploring a New Water Ethic Vince deBritto Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design
"Ensemble: Périphérie": new music group residency at University of Minnesota Morris Ann DuHamel Keyboard Studies, Department of Music (Morris)
Hmong Across Borders Conference Mai Na Lee Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
John Luther Adams: The Light that Fills the World Tracy Lipke-Perry Collaborative Piano, Department of Music (Duluth)
Interrogating the Archive: How Knowledge of the Past is Preserved and Repressed MJ Maynes Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
Resilience and Sustainability: What are we learning from the Maya and other ancient cultures? Ann Waltner Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
Human Rights and Theater in Latin America and Spain Luis Ramos-Garcia Department of Spanish & Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
The GLBT Community and Its Impact on Contemporary Art Music Justin Rubin Theory and Composition, Department of Music (Duluth)
Designed Duluth 2020 (Exhibition at Duluth City Hall + accompanying symposium + publication launch) Ozayr Saloojee School of Architecture, College of Design

2012 Recipients

13 awards representing $91,000 were made in January, 2012, for the 2012 academic year.
PROJECT TITLE LEAD APPLICANT DEPARTMENT
Burning the Sea: Clandestine Migrations in the Age of Globalization Hakim Abderrezak Department of French and Italian, College of Liberal Arts
The Future of Ethnic Media: Hmong and Native Perspectives across North America David Beard Department of Writing Studies (Duluth)
A Miracle: A University/Community Collaboration Lisa Channer Department of Theatre Arts and Dance, College of Liberal Arts
The Betrayal of the Humanities: The University During the Third Reich Bruno Chaouat & Bernard M. Levinson (Berman Family Chair of Jewish Studies and Hebrew Bible) Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, College of Liberal Arts
A Visit from Sound Poet Jaap Blonk Maria Damon Department of English, College of Liberal Arts
A Dakota Place Rebecca Krinke Department of Landscape Architecture, College of Design
Envisioning the Future of Chicano Studies at the University of Minnesota Louis Mendoza Department of Chicano Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Bernice Johnson Reagon Keynote for Black Environmental Thought Conference Phyllis Messenger on behalf of Rose Brewer Institute for Advanced Study
Prairie Gate Literary Festival Brook Miller Department of English (Morris)
Forty Years of Latin American Collective and Political Theater Luis Ramos-Garcia Department of Spanish and Portuguese, College of Liberal Arts
Scent of Fresh Ink Thomas Rose Department of Art, College of Liberal Arts
Sacred Space, Contested Terrain (Exhibition at Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Department of Art, and related academic and symposium programming) Ozayr Saloojee School of Architecture, College of Design
Japanese Tea Ceremony Performance and Bamboo Carving Workshop Polly Szatrowski Institute of Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts

Special Events Grants FAQ

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Who is eligible to apply for an Imagine Fund Special Events Grant?

All tenured/tenure-track arts, humanities, and design faculty across the University of Minnesota system are eligible. Also eligible are tenured/tenure-track faculty whose research directions place them squarely within the arts and humanities or design. Faculty in arts, humanities, or design who hold full-time (100%) salaried continuous or fixed-term appointments may apply provided they are annually evaluated like tenured and tenure-track faculty (i.e., with substantially similar expectations for research accomplishments, independence, and ability to secure external funding).

Note that eligibility does not include: visiting faculty, those pursuing a Ph.D., those with non-salaried faculty appointment type W (e.g., yearly Medical School, usually without salary), or employees with T appointments (temporary) or A appointments (adjust from outside the University).

How may annual award funds be used?

The award may be used for research needs, books, supplies, or travel expenses not otherwise supported by University of Minnesota or external funds. The award may not be used to supplement salary, nor may it be used for course buyouts. The awards should be spent within a three-year period.

Are there restrictions on how annual Imagine Fund awards may be used?

Yes. It may not be used as salary or used towards course release, used to purchase computers, used to buy equipment already available for loan from the University, or used to support the editorial work of a journal.

How are award decisions made?

A committee of arts, humanities, and design faculty (the Imagine Fund Advisory Committee) will review the applications and make recommendations.

The committee will adhere to the following conflict-of-interest guidelines:

No committee member shall participate in any phase of the discussion or decision-making process for applications or proposals that they have submitted or for which they are co-investigators or would receive a direct financial benefit. In addition, a committee member will recuse themselves from discussion or decision making for any proposals or applications they believe represents a conflict of interest.

Can the annual award be banked?

Yes, but the award should be spent within three years.

Can faculty hold multiple awards (e.g. annual award and special events grant)?

Yes.

After receiving an Imagine Fund grant, how should we credit it on our publicity materials and at the event?

All publicity and promotional material for your project must include the following credit line, which was indicated in your contract.  The complete credit line must be clearly visible on all of your publicity materials and printed in an easy-to-read font size. The credit line should also be included in your event’s opening remarks along with any credit you give to additional co-sponsors.

CREDIT LINE:
This activity is supported by an Imagine Fund Special Events Grant, an initiative of the University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost, established through a generous gift from the McKnight Foundation, and facilitated by the Institute for Advanced Study.

NOTE:
We do understand that, in some circumstances, there may not be space for the full credit line to appear on all print publicity or promotional materials. In these cases, you may substitute the credit line with: The University of Minnesota Imagine Fund.

Contact

Please contact [email protected] and include “Imagine Fund Special Events Grant” in the subject line with any questions.