The College of Visual and Performing Arts Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee Grant Program is an annual internal CVPA award program. Projects funded through the CVPA Grants initiative will be those that show the most promise to advance issues of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access within the College for a wide audience of students, faculty, and staff. Appropriate projects may include, but are not limited to: lectures, concerts, exhibitions, readings, visiting scholar/performer/artist master class support, curricular development or revision, ensemble performances, workshops, or other creative proposals introduced by faculty, staff, or students within the CVPA.  


  • October 1st –  for projects taking place in the Spring semester 
  • February 1st –  for projects taking place in the Fall semester

A copy of the application and CFP is available through the CVPA Dean’s office.

Grant Application Process

We encourage faculty and staff as well as students with a faculty sponsor from all schools in CVPA to apply. All applications will be submitted via Google form when the CVPA Dean’s office announces the grant application deadline each semester.

Submissions should include a one-page, single-spaced proposal that includes: Project Title, Project Overview, Budget of anticipated expenses, and if you are a student, a statement of support from a faculty sponsor.

In the Project Overview, faculty or students should: 

  • clearly articulate the project and how it would advance an issue of equity, diversity, or inclusion in your department, program, school, or the College;  
  • identify a target audience and implementation plan;
  • articulate the timeline or start and finish date of the project; 
  • explain how you will determine and assess the success of your project.

In the Budget section, faculty or students should:

  • provide the total funding request for the project;
  • provide the estimated total budget of the project;
  • include a cost justification for all expenses;
  • include an explanation of additional sources of funding support;
  • and if needed, clearly identify why and how the grant funding you are requesting will only support part of the project.

Please note: Funds for the grants must be spent by the end of the fiscal year and UNCG faculty travel, food, and beverages may not be included as part of the budget. Grant recipients shall submit a report about the project after completion and explain how the funds were utilized. 

Additionally, student organized projects will also require a brief one-page statement of support from a faculty sponsor.

Sample Grant Proposal


Congratulations to these faculty, staff, and students who received CVPA’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access Grants.

Fall 2023 EDIA Awardees
For October 2023, a total of ten EDIA applications were received with a total amount requested of $14,380. Congratulations to those graduate students and faculty members who received EDIA Awards totaling $3,794. The deadline for the next round of proposals will be February 1st. The proposals were reviewed by a section committee of Brad Johnson, University representative (Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Education & Research Network); Sharneisha Joyner, staff representative (Music); Maria Lim, EDI Committee representative (Art); Maurice Watson, EDI Committee representative (Dance); and Dominic Walker, student representative (Theatre). Individuals receiving awards included the following:

  • David Aarons, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, “Indian Ocean Winds: Art, Activism, and Community with Karma La Mackerel,” featuring a queer, multilingual, artist of color who uses different mediums and methodologies “to challenge colonial notions of time and space as these relate to history, power, language, subject formation and the body.”
  • Luke Ellard, Visiting Assistant Professor of Clarinet, “Meraki Guest Artist Residency,” a duo focusing on the commissioning and amplification of underrepresented and historically marginalized composers.
  • Marissa Finkelstein, MFA Student in Dance, “School of Dance Thesis” Project, a project engaging five student dancers from UNCG and five dancers over 55 from the Creative Aging Network (CAN) in Greensboro.
  • Robin Gee, Professor of Dance, “Triumph of Disruption,” creating a residency with guest artist Kwame Shaka Opare, an international photographer, choreographer, and media specialist.
  • Annie Jeng, Assistant Professor of Piano, “Lost Gems: Piano Music of Bolivia,” seeks to address the underrepresentation and marginalization of Bolivia in classical music by holding workshop and recital of Bolivian piano music.
  • Candace Perry, MFA Student in Dance, “When Did You Fall in Love With…?” This production asks the viewers and performers to remember a time they fell in love with something or someone, and the journey it took to value the authenticity of that connection.
  • Joshua Ritter, Lecturer in Theatre, American Sign Language-Interpreted performance of Tartuffe


  • Angelita Berdiales and Patricia Garcia Gil, MFA students, “Honoring Hispanic Cultures through Music”, School of Music.
  • Lorena Guillén, Music/Musicology Lecturer, “Exotica Flor: A Collaboration between the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble, UNCG Sinfonia, and Weaver Academy Orchestra”, School of Music.
  • Erin Fei Humphrey, MFA Student, “In Search of Asian Academic Mentorship”, School of Art.
  • Elijah Motley, MFA Student, “Hip Hop Theatre Thesis”, School of Dance.
  • Rotem Weinberg, Visiting Assistant Professor, and Professor Rebecca Macleod, “Programming Historically Excluded Composers”, School of Music.

  • David Aarons, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology, Conversation with the Community: Situating Ethiopia in Black Atlantic Traditions
  • Dominick Amendum, Smart-Tilman Artist in Residence, The Pittsburgh Unified Auditions, the most diverse and inclusive unified auditions in musical theatre
  • Marjorie Bagley, Professor of Violin, The Chavalier: A Residency with Violinist Ronald Long
  • Alex Ezerman, Professor of Cello, Hometown Heroes, BIPOC string ensembles to perform in high schools in Fayetteville and Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • Eric Willie, Professor of Percussion, Spectrum Ensemble, a classical music group whose mission is to advocate for LGBTQIA+ representation in concert music

  • Steve Haines, “UNCG Chamber Jazz Tour”, School of Music.
  • Ana Paula Hofling, “Brazil on Pointe: Eros Volúsia, Felicitas Barreto, and Mercedes Baptista”, School of Dance.
  • Andy Hudson, “Dr. Theresa Martin Commission: A New Work for Clarinet and Bari Sax”, School of Music. 
  • Annie Jeng, “Helene de Montgeroult Recording Project”, School of Music.
  • Elizabeth Keathly, “Black Identities on the Operatic Stage: A Symposium with Music”, School of Music
  • Garrett Klein, “Guest Lecture Recital: Dr. Oswaldo Zapata, Trumpet with Music of Latin America”, School of Music.
  • Elijah Motley, “Rennie Harris University Spring Cypher Intensive (Hip Hop)”, School of Dance.
  • Maggie Ramirez, “A Study of Women in Opera focusing on a performance of Pauline Viardot’s Cendrillion”, School of Music.
  • Nicole F. Scalissi, “Latinx & Afro-Latinx Histories: Research, Curriculum, & Community”, School of Art.

  • Patricia Garcia Gil, “Women Fortepiano Salon”, School of Music.
  • Robin Gee, “Uprooted: The Journey of Jazz Dance”, School of Dance.
  • Catrina Kim and Adam Ricci, “Workshops in Decolonizing Music Theory Pedagogy”, School of Music.
  • Allison McCarthy, “Involved Justice: Re-humanizing the Carceral State”, School of Dance.
  • Emily Voelker, “Native Art Histories: From Research to the Curriculum”, School of Art.

  • Ashley Barrett, “Women of Note Composition Project: New Works by Women”, School of Music.
  • Adam Carlin, “Process Is Work: Urban Renewal Exhibition” by Anthony Patterson, School of Art.
  • Zaire Miles-Moultrie, “The Lion, The Jackal, and The Man: An Exploration into African Culture, Art, and Folklore through Surrealism”, School of Art.
  • Natalie Sowell, “From the Margins to the Center: Increasing Access to New Plays”,  School of Theatre.
  • Erin Speer, “Spartan New Musicals: Decentering White Narratives in Musical Theatre (Spring 2021), School of Theatre.
  • Marjorie Bagley, “String Perspectives: Presentations of BIPOC String Players”, School of Music.
  • Brian Winn, MFA Thesis Concert “Code Switching for Survival: Queer Codeswitching as a Survival Tool,” School of Dance.