Grants

KECK Funds Island Ecosystem Water-Level Change Study

Kim Diver, visiting assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, received an $18,500 grant from the KECK Geology Consortium on Jan. 15. The award will support an undergraduate research program on “GIS Approach to Water-Level Change: Potential Effects of Water-Level Changes on Island Ecosystems,” this summer.

Hartford Foundation Supports Center for Prison Education

The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving presented a $5,000 grant to Wesleyan’s Center for Prison Education program. The grant will support the center through Dec. 9, 2013. The grant was made possible through the generosity of the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation.

DECD, NEA Support HOT Schools Program

On Feb. 15, The Green Street Arts Center was awarded a $350,000 grant from the State of Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Office of the Arts to administer Connecticut’s Higher Order Thinking (HOT) Schools Program throughout the state.

DECD Supports Green Street Arts Center After School Program

Wesleyan’s Green Street Arts Center received a $5,000 grant from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, on Jan. 17. The award will support the center’s Arts and Science After School Program through Dec. 31, 2013. The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

CFA Receives Engaging Dance Audience Award, Dance Series Funding

Wesleyan’s Center for the Arts received a $42,660 grant from Dance/USA, the national service organization for professional dance. The CFA is one of 20 member organizations across the country awarded funding for “Round Two of Engaging Dance Audiences,” the first national funding program for audience engagement practices focused specifically on the art form of dance.

The award will support two new CFA programs: the DanceLink Fellowship Program, in which Wesleyan students will intern with three professional dance companies during the summer, and then serve as ambassadors for the companies when they are presented on campus during the 2013–2014 Breaking Ground Dance Series; and Dine/Dance/Discover, a new event to take place before and after Breaking Ground Dance Series performances, incorporating dance workshops featuring movements from those performances, dinners facilitated by the DanceLink Fellows and Wesleyan faculty members, and post-show discussions.

Engaging Dance Audiences is administered by Dance/USA and made possible with generous funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The selected organizations were chosen from 57 applications through a rigorous review by a national peer panel. Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts is the only dance presenter in Connecticut to receive support from Dance/USA, as well as the National Endowment for the Arts dance program.

CFMC Supports Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success

Wesleyan’s Program for Student College Success received a grant of $2,500 from the Community Foundation of Middlesex County on Jan. 7. The funds will support the four-week summer session and 40 weeks of academic-year programming that help first-generation, low-income and underrepresented students successfully transition into college.

Grabel Awarded Grant from Arts Council of Greater New Haven

Laura Grabel, the Lauren B. Dachs Professor of Science and Society, professor of biology, received a grant worth $10,000 from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven on Dec. 14, 2012. The award will support a project titled “Reintegrate,” an interactive, multi-media performance piece that will explore stems cells and the ethical implications of stem cell research.

The piece will investigate personal meaning and the power of metaphor in science and art. Particular focus will be placed on how individuals bring their full thoughtful and emotional selves to both scientific exploration and artistic creation.

“In the science classroom at Wesleyan, we have been experimenting with allowing students to bring emotion to their biology subject matter. This may be a jarring concept for the traditional scientist or science student, but there is a long tradition of scientists expressing affection for their work and recognizing its inherent beauty,” Grabel wrote in the “Reintegrate” proposal.

Students from Wesleyan, Arizona State and New Haven High School will contribute to the project.

Hartford Foundation Supports Wesleyan U. Press’s “Driftless Series”

Wesleyan University Press received a grant of $35,000 from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving on Nov. 6, 2012. The grant will support the publication of up to seven books, published either as part of the 2013 Driftless Connecticut Series or selected books outside the series. The grant was made possible through the generosity of the Beatrice Fox Auerbach Foundation Fund at the Hartford Foundation.

DECD Supports Middletown Remix, Festival

The Center for the Arts received a grant for $25,000 from the Department of Economic and Community Development. on Jan. 17. The award will support the Middletown Remix project and a festival in Middletown’s North End on May 11. The Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Kaplan Fund Supports de Boer’s Forthcoming Book

Wesleyan University Press received a grant for $2,500 on Dec. 14 from the J.M. Kaplan Fund. The award will support of Jelle Zeilinga de Boer’s forthcoming book New Haven’s Sentinels: the Art and Science of East Rock and West Rock. de Boer is Harold T. Stearns Professor of Earth Science, Emeritus at Wesleyan.

Arts Council of Greater New Haven Supports “Innovations” Symposium

“Innovations”

The Center for the Arts received a grant for $6,000 from the Arts Council of Greater New Haven on Dec. 18, 2012.  The award will support a symposium titled “Innovations: Intersections of Art and Science” on Feb. 28 and March 1. The symposium will bring teams of artists and scientists together to share approaches, skills and outcomes of their research at the intersection of art and science. For more information, open the graphic on this page, or see this link.

Wright Receives Award from Woodrow Wilson Fellowship

Leah Wright, assistant professor of history, assistant professor of African American studies, received a 2012 Career Enhancement Fellowship for Junior Faculty funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. The grant, worth $31,500, will support her her current book project, tentatively titled, The Loneliness of the Black Conservative: Pragmatic Politics & The Pursuit of Power.

The 2012 Career Enhancement Fellowship program seeks to increase the presence of minority junior faculty (African Americans, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Native Americans and Native Alaskans), and other junior faculty members committed to eradicating racial disparities, in core fields in the arts and sciences. The goal is to reduce racial disparities among faculty members and facilitate efforts to increase the diversity of students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs.