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Art and Civic Engagement Award

The Art & Civic Engagement Award at UMass Dartmouth was established in 2018 to acknowledge students who contribute to the urban environments and communities of Fall River and New Bedford through their art projects.

The award was initiated by Professor Pamela Karimi of the College of Visual and Performing Arts in conjunction with the Leduc Center. All students who are enrolled in a CVPA service-learning course or other CVPA classes with socially-engaged components with an overall GPA of 3.00 or higher are eligible to apply.

For 2024-2025, one student awardee will receive $500 for an art project developed as part of their coursework during the academic year.

Eligibility for the award

  1. Any full-time undergraduate or graduate UMassD student, who is enrolled at UMass Dartmouth during AY 2024-2025, is eligible to apply. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply; however, the art projects submitted must be developed in a service-learning class or other courses with socially-engaged components in CVPA.
  2. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) and have completed at least one full-time semester at UMass Dartmouth prior to the application deadline. Applicants may apply at any point in their academic career.
  3. Applicants must demonstrate a current interest in socially-engaged art.
  4. No individual may receive more than on Art & Civic Engagement Award.

Applicants must provide

  1. A completed Art and Civic Engagement Award Application.
  2. A typed statement of no more than 1,000 words composed of two parts: a) explaining the student's interest in socially-engaged art and b) describing the specific art project submitted for the award.
  3. Up to 10 visual documents (YouTube video link, high-quality photographs, drawings, and digital representations) capturing the project in its preliminary stages as well as its final form. Photographs must be submitted as JPG files (600dpi). Links to YouTube videos, drawings, and digital documents may all appear in on PDF file.
  4. A current resume that includes the applicant's art experience and extracurricular activities.
  5. A letter of support from the faculty sponsor, explaining the importance of the work.

Application deadline


Completed applications must be emailed to

For more information or questions, please contact Dr. Matthew Roy, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Career and Civic Engagement.


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