Description: USC Arts in Action plants seeds for positive social change by activating intensive arts projects between LA community partners, faculty, and students. Arts in Action supports and creates work that builds upon USC’s commitment to remedying society’s most intractable problems. Projects span a wide range of art forms to address systemic oppression and social issues including homelessness, mass incarceration, the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism, climate change, educational inequity, and multiple forms of violence. Arts in Action projects are often participant-driven, challenging the separation between “artists” and “audiences.” The program prioritizes artwork that grows from a shared process, where the collaborative act of creating the work is a core part of the project’s impact and value. USC faculty and students working with community partners are invited to submit preliminary project proposals for Arts in Action 2022 for projects beginning no earlier than February 1, 2022. These grants will activate community-based projects that address social issues, bring people together, facilitate, dialogue, and create spaces to imagine and design future change. Given continuing uncertainty regarding in-person gatherings in 2022, projects should maintain contingency plans for executing their activities via online or physically distanced formats.
Award: Grant amounts range from $3,000 to $28,000.
Eligibility: Eligible disciplines include the visual arts and design, dramatic arts, cinematic and media arts, music, dance, and architecture. Projects involving multiple art forms are welcome and encouraged. Proposals that include at least one faculty member from one of USC’s six arts schools are encouraged and will be prioritized. Teams comprised of faculty/students from multiple USC schools are encouraged. Projects that centrally involve students are strongly encouraged. Project outputs should include at least one free public-sharing event, and projects should include at least one community partnership. Please see RFP for full guidelines.
Deadline: 5 pm, Oct. 8, 2021