Grants & Writing Prize

CARe Writing Prize Recipient

Spring 2023

Emily Pothast (PhD Student, GTU) Somos de la Tierra: Satire and Spirit in the Works of René Arceo

CARe Grants Fall 2023

Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 9am (Pacific Time)

The Center for the Arts & Religion is pleased to offer grants (up to $2,000) in support of projects that center on religion & the arts. Projects might include travel to a conference to present a paper or to conduct research, funding to assist with an art workshop, or fees related to a theatrical performance. Student projects are more likely to receive funding if linked directly to a student's progress toward a GTU degree or certificate program. 

Please note, priority is given to Graduate Theological Union students. Doctoral students are the highest priority, followed by MA, and MDiv. As a policy, CARe/GTU grant funds cannot be used to fund student immersions, the purchase of equipment (e.g. cameras) or child care.

Who is eligible?  The application process is open to all GTU students and faculty. Previous grant recipients may apply for new or follow-up grants, though CARe's preference is to support first-time applicants. Application forms must be fully completed and electronically submitted to Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted. Each application will be carefully considered by the CARe Grants Commitee, and notification will be provided within 6-8 weeks. 

Requirements? Awardees should reference GTU/CARe in presentations, publications, and promotional materials. Awardees are required to provide a short presentation as part of CARe's "Brown Bag" lunch series (first Friday of the month) and/or to submit a blog post for this website.  If, for any reason, the project cannot be undertaken or completed, all funds must be returned without delay. Awardees must submit an updated W-9 form to the CARe office; CARe will forward the necessary paperwork to the GTU in order to release funds.

Writing Prize Spring 2023

Deadline: Wednesday, November 1, 9am (Pacific Time)

The Center for the Arts & Religion Writing Prize ($250) recognizes a paper that incorporates artwork, themes, and/or content from a current or upcoming Doug Adams Gallery exhibition. The paper must demonstrate direct relevance to the exhibition and excellence in writing. Papers should be 1200-1500 words in length, with the author’s name on each page and the word count noted on the upper right corner of the first page. Papers should be submitted to Each paper will be carefully considered by a CARe ad hoc committee. Notification will be provided in 2-4 weeks.

Who is eligible? All currently enrolled GTU students.

Requirements? The prize winner must present the paper at a Brown Bag Lunch talk (held on the first Friday of each month) or other agreed upon public presentation. The paper will also be featured as a post on our blog, CARe Package. Awardees should reference GTU/CARe in any related presentations and publications. In order to release funds, awardees must submit an updated IRS W-9 to the CARe office. 

What can I write about? You have a choice of four exhibitions on which to write a paper. Please see the full list below.

A Time to Dance: celebrating the legacy of Doug Adams (on display Doug Adams Gallery, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley)

Sister Corita from A-Z (on display GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley)

Library Entryway Exhibition (on display GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley)

Geografías Paralelas: Coronado • Fernandez • Arceo (forthcoming)

Faculty Arts Enrichment Grants Fall 2023

Rolling deadline

GTU faculty members, are you interested in integrating the arts into your course? Would you like to take your students on a field trip to a museum, concert, performance, or other arts event? CARe is offering $200 Arts Enrichment Grants to help fund tickets, transportation, and other expenses, in order to encourage faculty to add arts activities to their courses. Five grants are available for the Spring 2023 semester.

To apply, send an email to, addressing the following points:

  • What is the venue you plan to visit; which specific activity or performance will you attend?
  • How will the grant help pay for the field trip? (e.g. BART tickets, museum admission, refreshments)
  • How will you use this arts enrichment in your teaching? Please attach a course syllabus.

Awardees will be required to report on their arts activity with an illustrated post for our blog CARe Package. Please note, this is a lump sum grant and awardees will be required to file a W9 with the GTU. This is not a reimbursement grant, so there is no need to keep receipts for CARe. Field trip expenses do NOT have to equal $200; remaining funding is considered an honorarium.