Carnegie Mellon University

Call for Project Proposals: CAS Narrative Initiative

CAS will be funding one additional project proposal as part of its Narrative Initiative 2017-2020.

The Center for the Arts in Society began a three-year initiative on the topic of “Narrative” in Fall 2017. As part of the initiative we will fund three faculty lead projects. Two have been selected from the previous call and we are now calling for additional project proposals that will be led by a tenure track or teaching track CMU faculty member (or members) of the College of Fine Arts and/or the Dietrich College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

The project will be funded for three years; the project leader will receive a one-month $5000 summer salary supplement for each of the three years, plus $20,000 in additional funds to develop and produce the project. Additional funding for publication and project related course development will be available. Project leaders must be faculty members of Dietrich or CFA. Projects should involve multiple participants and have a public presence within and outside Carnegie Mellon. The proposed projects also should be “productive,” meaning they aim to realize significant works over the course of the funded period. These may take the form of publications, electronic projects, events, or other forms of scholarly or artistic production.

To submit a proposal for consideration, please attach a document that contains a one paragraph project description, a one sentence example of an event that might occur during your project and a link or brief synopsis to an example of a completed project where you or the team members were the primary authors or creative lead on or before:

January 22, 2018 to this email address.

Please note: Attachments sent to this address are automatically deposited into an online folder. The written content of the emails are not read.

Your proposal must be a single document (word or pdf) attachment to the email. You will receive an email confirmation of the receipt of your proposal. If you do not receive a confirmation within 48 hours of submitting your proposal please contact If your proposal is accepted at this first stage of consideration, you will be asked to develop a more detailed proposal for final approval.

About the CAS Narrative Initiative
The Narrative Initiative aims at highlighting the interconnected artistic, theoretical, and social issues that emerge when the concept of narrativity is considered in all its cross-disciplinary richness to encompass aesthetics, politics, technological assessment, and the “everyday.” The rubric of “Narrative” has the potential to challenge distinctions between artists and scholars as well as the distinctions between art and humanist research. We seek to support a project that finds new ways, to mobilize narrative in the service of advancing artistic and humanistic creativity, knowledge, and research.

This call builds upon the previous CAS initiatives in “Public Art,” “Media” and “Performance”. Information about the previously funded projects is available on their respective pages.

Sincerely yours,
James Duesing, Director, Center for the Arts in Society
Felipe Gomez, Co-Organizer of Narrative Initiative
Rich Pell, Co-Organizer of Narrative Initiative