New grants awarded to fund innovative ways of integrating arts into teaching

The Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts hands out 13 grants, totaling $147,000, to support faculty efforts

The Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts (SICA) has awarded 13 grants, totaling $147,000, for its 2008-09 Curricular Innovation in the Arts program. SICA's newest grant program encourages course innovation by supporting faculty efforts to integrate the arts into teaching. It supports guest-artist honoraria, field trips, symposia, conference and event production costs, travel, equipment and technical expenses.

Following is a list and description of the projects receiving SICA grants:

PlaySound: An Interactive Sonic Environment. PlaySound will be a functioning playground that produces music when participants play on and with the equipment, allowing exploration of musical interaction and creation, which will provide an innovative class experience in a number of existing courses, including Music 250 and Ortho 220. Awarded to Sasha Leitman, doctoral student in music; Michael St. Clair, doctoral student in drama; Jonathan Berger, the Billie Bennett Achilles Professor of Music; and Amy Ladd, professor of orthopaedic surgery.

Identity, Diversity and Aesthetics: Launching the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) Thematic Major in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CSRE). SICA funds will support four new and existing courses: Indigenous Identity in Diaspora—People of Color Art Practice in North America (CSRE/Drama 179), Building Community—Art, Culture and Social Change (CSRE 201B), Dual Processing Choreography (Dance 113) and Black Cinema (Drama 111). Awarded to Harry J. Elam, the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities and faculty director of IDA, and Gina Hernandez-Clarke, executive director of IDA.

Writing the World: The International Writer-in-Residence Initiative. With funding from SICA, the Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages (DLCL) will integrate the February residency of German-Japanese fiction author Yoko Tawada with the division curriculum, as well as that of the Program in Structured Liberal Education. Awarded to Roland Greene, division head and a professor of English and of comparative literature, and Ann Gelder, associate director of the division's research unit.

California Tidal Wave: The Role of Art and Design in the Green Revolution. A three-day joint symposium co-sponsored by Stanford's Department of Art and Art History and the Fine Arts Program at the California College of the Arts will address issues of climate change, environmental tipping points and sustainability. Awarded to Gail Wight, associate professor of art and art history.

The Stanford Multimedia Literacy Project. The Stanford Multimedia Literacy Project builds on the current collaboration between the Film Lab, the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Initiative and the Program in Writing and Rhetoric. It will bring together students in forums that focus on analysis of art objects and discussion of art with artists and filmmakers, culminating in a multimedia literacies conference. SICA funding will support honoraria, conference costs, equipment for video collaboration and editing tools, and funding for field trips to exhibitions, museums and factories that produce art objects. Awarded to Andrea Lunsford, director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric and professor of English; Kristi M. Wilson, assistant director of the Hume Writing Center; Alyssa O'Brien, director of the Cross-Cultural Rhetoric Initiative; and Christine Alfano, Donna Hunter and Sangeeta Mediratta, instructors in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric.

Historical Recordings and Performance Practice: A New Approach to the Study. The autumn 2008 seminar—Reactions to the Record: Early Recordings, Lost Styles and Music's Future (Music 144/244)—will place the study of historical recordings within the context of both traditional musicology and performance. SICA funding will strengthen the seminar and the following symposium in January 2009 by sponsoring visiting scholars and performers, and by further developing a specialized database of historical recordings tailored to the unique requirements of the field. Awarded to George Barth, professor of music, and Kumaran Arul, lecturer in music.

Music 141: The Music of Johannes Ockeghem. Jesse Rodin will lead an upper-division undergraduate seminar in spring quarter titled Johannes Ockeghem: Man, Myth, Music (Music 141). Awarded to Jesse Rodin, assistant professor of music.

The Bay Area Performance Platform at Stanford. SICA funding will foster the creation of the Bay Area Performance Platform at Stanford. This class will function as a lab for two courses: Introduction to Performance Studies, a new course for undergraduates, and Performance and Performativity, a graduate seminar. The platform will foster weekly performance sessions, inviting Bay Area artists interested in presenting performance to an informed audience. Students also will perform, with a final "one-night only" performance on one of Stanford's main stages. Awarded to Peggy Phelan, the Ann O'Day Maples Professor in the Arts and chair of the Department of Drama.

The Art and Science of Change. The Art and Science of Change is a two-year project to create new models for systemically rethinking curricular innovation between the performing arts and the sciences. SICA funding will go toward a series of mini-workshop/think-tank visits by three major and iconoclastic dance and performance artists: environmental-activist dancer Ann Carlson, choreographer and MacArthur Fellow Elizabeth Streb, and choreographer Ralph Lemon. Awarded to Janice Ross, associate professor of drama and dance.

Music 323: Graduate Composition Seminar. SICA funding will support the performance of final class projects for Graduate Composition Seminar (Music 323) in fall 2008. Awarded to Mark Applebaum, associate professor of music.

The Anthropology of Speed. SICA funds will support curatorial experience for students in the course Anthropology of Speed that will result in galleries built into the virtual world component of a major public exhibition titled SPEED limits. Students will get a chance to work with expert designers, animators and 3-D modelers. Awarded to Jeffrey Schnapp, the Rosina Pierotti Professor of Italian Literature.

Art and Art History Travel Seminar. SICA will support the annual travel seminar of the Department of Art and Art History. The seminar allows a small group of doctoral students to visit international art exhibitions. Awarded to Pamela Lee, professor of art and art history.

Anthropology of Sound, Identity and Place. SICA will support a new course examining the anthropology of sound. Students will conduct ethnographic work in and through the medium of sound, exploring the complex challenges and creative opportunities involved in the process of documenting, representing and interpreting sounds of human activity in ethnographic work. Awarded to Keila Diehl, lecturer in anthropology.

SICA, established in 2006 as part of the Arts Initiative, develops new undergraduate arts programs, hosts artists-in-residence, administers new multidisciplinary graduate degree programs, and awards grants for multidisciplinary arts research and teaching. It incubates collaborative performances and exhibitions with campus partners and other institutions. Individual summaries of grants awarded are listed on the SICA website at