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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

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

Current Awardees

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

Fall 2022 EDIA Awardees
Congratulations to those faculty who received CVPA Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access Funding Awards totaling $4,000. A second round of EDIA funding ($3,000) will be available next semester. The deadline is February 1, 2023, and the application is available at: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access Funds Application 2022-2023

    • 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

Past Awardees

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.