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CVPA Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Access Grants

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. The following sample may help you as a template: Sample Grant Proposal

When writing your Budget overview, please keep the following in mind:

    • Recipients who receive funding in the current cycle may not re-apply for the EDIA grant for two years. For example, if you receive funding for a project in February of 2024, you must wait to reapply for grant funding until February of 2026.
    • On average, total funding allocations for projects will be between $200 and $1500.
    • The University will not approve add pays or administrative fees for full-time or part-time faculty members or students during the academic year.
    • Funds for the grants must be spent by the end of the fiscal year and UNCG faculty or student travel, food, and beverages may not be included as part of the budget.
    • Fund requests for items printing and marketing must account for on-campus resources such as services provided in the Digital Media Commons.
    • Grant recipients shall submit a report about the project after completion and explain how the funds were utilized.
    • Also, student-organized projects will require a brief one-page statement of support from a faculty sponsor. We encourage students to include in their proposals how their project benefits or impacts the CVPA community.

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;
    • Identify how project connects with CVPA, benefits CVPA, and/or impacts a wider community at UNCG;
    • articulate the timeline or start and finish date of the project;
    • explain how you will determine and assess the success of your project;
    • Include a statement of faculty support if you are a student.

In the Budget Overview 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 that includes the following;
      • name of visiting participants receiving an honorarium or fee (Note: the grant funds may not be used to compensate UNCG faculty, staff or students during the academic year),
      • estimated travel, housing, and food for visiting artists (Note: UNCG faculty, staff, or students may not use funds for travel, housing or food)
    • include an explanation of additional sources or anticipated needs of funding support;
    • and if needed, clearly identify why and how the grant funding you are requesting will only support part of the project.

The Grant Committee will use the following rubric for assessment: (Click to view rubric).

Current Awardees

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

Spring 2024

A total of twenty EDIA applications were received with a total amount requested of $21,291. Congratulations to those graduate students and faculty members who received EDIA Awards totaling $3,700. The deadline for the next round of proposals will be October 1st. The proposals were reviewed by a section committee of Lecturer Tara Webb (School of Theatre), Chair; Brad Johnson, University representative (Coordinator, LGBTQ+ Education & Research Network); Associate Professor Ana Paula Höfling (School of Dance); Adella Dzitko-Carlson (School of Music, staff representative); and Amiah Jones (School of Art, student representative). Individuals receiving awards included the following:

    • Natalie Blackman, Assistant Professor of Voice/Acting, “Raising the Standards of Equity and Inclusion Speech and Accent Curriculum with Knight-Thompson Speechwork® Certification: in order to bring the current industry standard in inclusive speech and accent training to the School of Theatre, I would like to certify as a teacher of Knight-Thompson Speechwork® (KTS). KTS pedagogy is increasingly accepted as the global standard in inclusive speech and accent training.”
    • Patricia Gil, DMA piano student, “Our Most Honored Guests: Early Music for Children with Special Needs: the desired outcome is to help children with disabilities overcome accessibility barriers in the concert hall and by doing so also inspire others to do the same.”
    • Kyle Gray, PhD student in Music Education, “Visiting Lecturer and Clinician – Dr. Marques L.A. Garrett, Presentation on Non-Idiomatic Choral Music by Black Composers: well-respected as both a scholar and conductor, Dr. Garrett’s research focus includes the underrepresented area of non-idiomatic choral music of Black composers. The pursuit of this topic led to the publication of the anthology The Oxford Book of Choral Music by Black Composers.”
    • Natalie Sowell, Director of the School of Theatre and Associate Professor, “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors at The Experiential School of Greensboro: the proposed project seeks to bring a NCTYP touring production of Last Stop on Market Street to a downtown location this spring (either the Downtown Library or the Greensboro Cultural Center). The production would be performed during school hours and open to the community.”
    • Anthony Taylor, Professor Clarinet, “Guest Artist Masterclass/Recital, Mr. Danny Mui, bass clarinetist in New York City Ballet: as a member of the New York City Ballet orchestra, Mr. Mui provides an example of a non-white person in a successful career in the elite ranks of the arts, in a field historically reserved for white people.

Past Awardees

Fall 2023

    • 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

Spring 2023

    • 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.

Fall 2022

    • 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

Spring 2022

    • 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.

Fall 2021

    • 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.

Fall 2020

    • 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.