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Detail of New Bedford Mural 2021

The CVPA Office for Community Engagement Initiatives offers a number of CVPA-sponsored and collaborative fellowships and grants for students, faculty, and staff. These programs are administered in consultation with the CVPA Community-Engagement Initiatives Affinity Group and the Dean’s Office. Deadlines and details about these opportunities are announced to the CVPA community periodically throughout the academic year.

Social Justice Focused Artist in Residence with Labor Education Center

The UMass Dartmouth Labor Education Center (LEC) will host an Artist in Residence (AIR) for the Spring 2022 semester. The LEC, based in New Bedford a short walk from the Star Store, is currently accepting applications from CVPA students who are interested in labor struggles, social justice, and community-engaged art at the intersections of art and activism/organizing. The AIR will receive a stipend of $1000 for sustained engagement with a labor issue or community group. The AIR will meet regularly with an LEC mentor during the spring semester, developing an independent work plan with an artistic outcome.

The AIR residency is open to CVPA undergraduate and graduate student applicants. This is a terrific opportunity to learn more about how to work with community groups as a leader, and to use art and design for social good in a professional capacity. The LEC has a long history of working collaboratively with arts and culture producers. For more information about the Labor Education Center go to:

MFA Fellowship In Community Engagement

The Graduate Fellowship in Community Engagement is a year-long fellowship for a CVPA graduate student in their second year of study who has exhibited dedicated commitment to community-engaged activities and wishes to develop community-engaged art programs or other public practices of art. This competitive fellowship of $6,000 will be awarded to one student who will work under the supervision of the Director of Community Engagement Initiatives for a full academic year. The application should include a clear proposal for a community-engaged practice with a timeline, budget, and other information that demonstrates the feasibility of the proposed plan, including its benefit and desirability as a community-engaged project. The proposal can be related to thesis work in public practice. Students’ advisors should write letters of recommendation. The applications will be vetted by the Graduate Program Director, Director of Community Engagement Initiatives, and other staff and faculty with expertise in these areas.

MFA students in Dr. Rebecca Uchill’s “On Creativity” seminar visit with Deana Tavares, New Bedford Art Museum Community Artist in Residence, hosted by Michele Borges. February, 2022

MFA students in Dr. Rebecca Uchill’s “On Creativity” seminar visit with Deana Tavares, New Bedford Art Museum Community Artist in Residence, hosted by Michele Borges. February, 2022

Community-Engagement Curriculum Enhancement Microgrants

These funds are intended offset expenses of materials, labor, or other costs related to developing class sessions with community-engagement activities.

The first round of funding (fall 2021) was awarded to the following projects:

  • Lara Henderson, Graphic Design
    Proposal to support 2D Form and Surface in designing electrical boxes for downtown New Bedford. The fund will support materials related to project development. The project is being done with New Bedford Creative.
  • Rebecca Hutchinson, Ceramics
    Proposal to support AXD231 in producing bowls to be donated and auctioned in support of The Neediest Family Fund and in awareness-raising of local hunger. The funds will support materials and honoraria as needed for a speaker from the Neediest Family Fund project.
  • Pamela Karimi, Art History
    Proposal to support ARH357/IAD306 in offering architectural tours of New Bedford that are open to the campus community. The funds will support a tour led by the New Bedford Preservation Society, open to the public.

The second round of funding (spring 2022) was awarded to the following projects:

  • Rose Mary Botti-Salitsky’s microgrant supports IAD302 in a collaboration on evaluating and proposing solutions for restorative health with UMassD Community Nursing and Southcoast Hospital. The work will be displayed in a poster exhibition at South Coast Charlton Hospital during Nurses Week in May.
  • Gabo Camnitzer’s microgrant supports AXD217 in a collaboration on a program/series of events in April at FRMoCA in Fall River. These activities will be announced.
  • Stacy Savage’s microgrant supports AXD454 in its campus-community-facing Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition and related events. The class will create sculpture that brings “comfort and new perspective to our [campus] community” with colorful, interactive “nests” that can be entered by small groups. 

Other Opportunities

An annual Art & Civic Engagement Award is run through CVPA and the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement. Applications are due in April of each year. More information


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