Grants & Writing Prize

Spring 2018 Arts Enrichment Grant Recipients

Michaela Eskew

Asian Art Museum of San Francisco

Ph.D Student, Art & Religion, GTU

Travel -- Asian Art Museum of San Francisco with her "Art and Religion Meet the World" Newhall GTU course this Spring 2018. "A trip to a museum would only add greater engagement and understanding of the religious artifacts and art pieces and their importance for the religion itself. The trip would also fall under the category of an "aesthetic experience" which the students are asked to reflect on throughout the course in order to have first hand experiences with religious art."- Eskew

Dr. Michelle T. Summers

Alvin Ailey American Dance Company

CARe Instructor Spring 2018

Travel -- Attend Alvin Ailey American Dance Company performance with CARe/GTU Spring 2018 "Dance and Religion" students in April. "The company's performance of the religious piece Revelations coincides with a unit on African-American spirituality in concert dance. The opportunity to see the piece live will provide a great supplement to the classroom discussions around danced spirituality from various cultural frameworks." -Dr. Summers

Fall 2017 Grant Recipients

Olga Yunak

Doctoral Student, IDS, GTU

Field research for dissertation titled, "Frescos of Theophanes the Greek in the Trinity Chapel of the Transfiguration Church on Illina Street, Novgorod, Russia (1378). Travel to Novgorod, Russia to visit the Transfiguration Church and the Novgorod State Museum and Research Complex in August 2018.

Laura M. Dunn

Doctoral Student, CDS, GTU

Dissertation research Making the Invisible Visible: Self-identity Through Darśan of Kālī at the Kālī Mandir at Laguna Beach in May 2018.

Center for Swedenborgian Studies

Graduate Theological Union

Funding for Mdiv students at the Pacific School of Religion to participate in the January 2018 immersion trip to Sweden to explore the artistic, scientific, and religious contexts behind Emanuel Swedenborg.

CARe Grants Fall 2018

Deadline: Friday, September 28, 9pm

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.

Who is eligible?  The application process is open to all GTU students, faculty, and staff. Previous grant recipients may apply for new or follow-up grants, though CARe's preference is to support first-time applicants. CARe Advisory Committee members are ineligible for grants. 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 Fall 2018

The Center for the Arts & Religion Writing Prize ($250) recognizes a paper that incorporates artwork, themes, and/or content from a current 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 Late submissions will not be accepted. Each paper will be carefully considered by a CARe ad hoc committee. Notification will be provided in 6-8 weeks.

Who is eligible? All currently enrolled GTU students.

Requirements? The prize winner must present the paper in a "Brown Bag Lunch" (first Friday of each month) or other agreed upon public presentation. The paper will also be featured as a CARe blog post. 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. 

Faculty Arts Enrichment Grants Fall 2018

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 Fall 2018 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.