The Sachs Program makes grants to Penn faculty, staff, students, departments, programs, and centers to support innovative arts activities throughout the Penn community.
Most grants are between $3,000–$10,000 and fund a wide variety of activities including the development of innovative courses and teaching methods; integrating art within schools and centers across campus; supporting artists and arts-based centers within the community; bringing new creative practitioners to Penn; presenting art at Penn.
Our grants are structured along these three tracks:
Teaching Art grants support the development and implementation of new courses, purposeful changes to existing curricula, and innovative approaches to teaching, and include Arts Course Development and Arts Integration Grants. Arts Course Development Grants are awarded to support the arts at their core: in departments and programs where art is integral to both existing methods of teaching and to the content being taught. Arts Integration Grants are awarded to support the integration of art into departments and programs across the university, and to provide faculty members with opportunities to stretch and grow their curricula in creative ways.
Making Art grants include the Sachs Visiting Artists and Independent Creative Production grants. Sachs Visiting Artists Grants are awarded to bring new minds, new perspectives, and new and important artistic work to campus. Independent Creative Production Grants are awarded to support artists within our existing community: to provide resources to faculty and staff members for independent artistic projects.
Presenting Art grants include Student Arts Engagement and Provosts Interdisciplinary grants. Student Arts Engagement Grants are awarded to engage students with and around the arts: by supporting student-driven projects and by providing the Penn community with resources to develop and implement innovative engagement strategies. The Provosts Interdisciplinary Grants, which are newly managed by The Sachs Program, are awarded to support exhibitions, performances, and other such happenings, that enrich Penn’s arts offerings and make Penn a destination for the arts.
- Aaron Levy, School of Arts & Sciences
- Amitanshu Das, Graduate School of Education
- Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts
- Bea Huff Hunter, Wharton
- Cary Mazer, School of Arts & Sciences
- Claudia Lynn and Sibel Sayili-Hurley, School of Arts & Sciences
- Creative Writing Program, School of Arts & Sciences
- David Comberg, PennDesign
- Eugene Lew, School of Arts & Sciences
- Fred Schmidt-Arenales, PennDesign
- Herman Beavers and Suzana Berger, School of Arts & Sciences
- Institute of Contemporary Art
- Kevin Laskey, School of Arts & Sciences
- Kevin Platt, School of Arts & Sciences; Kelly Writers House
- Latin American and Latino Studies Program, School of Arts & Sciences
- Marion Leary, Penn Nursing
- Paul Swenbeck, Institute of Contemporary Art
- Rachel Zolf, School of Arts & Sciences
- Ramey Mize, School of Arts & Sciences
- Saif Khawaja, Wharton
- Undergraduate Fine Arts, PennDesign
How to Apply
The Sachs Program’s 2018 grant cycle is now closed.
A public announcement of the awardees was made on April 24, 2018. Our next grant cycle will be announced in the fall of 2018 and will fund projects taking place in the 2019-2020 academic year.
For questions, please contact The Sachs Program staff.