Faculty and instructional staff play an integral role in helping students develop their cultural
values and their life-long relationship to the arts. Course Connections funding supports faculty
and staff who are seeking to incorporate arts-based learning into the curriculum of any undergraduate
course at U-M. Students often indicate that their “most meaningful arts experience” at U-M occurred
when a professor took the class to see a performance, visit an exhibition, or meet with a visiting artist.
Up to $500 may be obtained through Course Connection grants to support course-related arts learning
activities. These funds may be used for admissions to museums and performances, workshops by visiting
artists, and course projects, such as theatrical performances, exhibitions, etc. For projects that are
integrated into more than one course, funding of up to $800 will be considered. Please note: Grant funds
cannot be used to pay for refreshments.
Note: Each faculty member may only apply for project funding twice each semester.
Any faculty member, staff member, or graduate student instructor may apply for Course Connection funding!
For additional funding, consult our list of Other Sources available for both undergraduate and graduate classes.
Other Funding Sources
Your feedback is very important to us. It helps us see how well our funded programs are received on
campus and the effects they have on the university population. If you were an applicant to or particpant
in the program, please fill out a feedback form.
Faculty Feedback Form
Student Feedback Form
If granted funding, we will request the appropriate financial chartfields from your departmental administrator.
Funds will be transferred directly from Arts Initiative to your department and a record of the transfer will be
sent to the administrator. Please allow 4 weeks from the time you apply to complete this process. Applying early
is the best way to receive your funds on time!
We ask you to incorporate the Arts Initiative logo in any printed or web material (flyers, posters, programs,
websites, etc.) associated with your Course Connections funded activity. Logos can be obtained from our
You and the student participants will also will be asked to complete brief Course Connections feedback forms.
These forms allow us to continue our grant funding programs.
When planning ongoing or annual activities for your classes, speak with your department about incorporating
those elements into the curriculum and/or being supported by course or lab fees. Course Connections is
designed to fund activities that will complement the core curriculum and expand upon the traditional
classroom experience. If an activity is a mandatory or central element in the curriculum for a recurring
course, it may not be the best fit for Course Connections funding.
If you have additional questions please contact Joe Levickas at email@example.com.
Feedback is the most important way we learn about the progress of programs we funded. There are two feedback forms: a faculty feedback form for those who applied for funding, and a student feedback form for those who participated in the funded activity, as audience members, visitors and participants.
Course Connections applications will now be accepted and reviewed at four deadlines throughout
the academic year (see dates below), and a limited amount of funds is available each round.
Applications may be submitted at any time, but will be reviewed the week after the closest
application deadline. Recipients will receive notification of funding no later than the listed
notification date. To be eligible during a cycle, your application must be received before the
application date of that cycle, and your proposed event/activity must be scheduled for a date
after the Notification date. We are not able to fund retroactively.
If you have questions about Course Connections, please contact Joe Levickas at firstname.lastname@example.org.