Porter Distinguished Visiting Artists & Lecturers
Porter College Mini-Grants
Porter College Production Funding
Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund
Porter Festival Funding
By-Laws of the Fellows of Porter College (PDF)
Fellows and Associate Fellows of Porter College are invited each spring quarter to apply for funds for visiting artists and lecturers for the following academic year. At the discretion of the Porter Executive Committee, precedence may or may not be given to Fellows and Associate Fellows in that order.
Applications are due in the Porter College Office or must be received via email by Provost Assistant Susan Beach at email@example.com by noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Application may be downloaded here. As detailed in the form, your proposal must include a simple statement of support from any co-sponsors, the nominee's vitae and/or bio, a description (list) of the candidate's activities while at UCSC, and a complete line-item budget.
Priority will be given to those activities that enhance Porter academic and/or intellectual endeavors and which are likely to serve a cross-section of Porter beyond a particular course or a particular major. In this way, Porter Visiting Artists and Lecturers funds serve a purpose distinct from departmental course support funds. While presenters supported by Porter A & L funds are often invited to present to non-Porter classes, the presentations must be open and likely to be of interest to a constituency broader than the course participants. Alternatively, a presenter likely to be of general interest may be invited to give one specialized talk to upper division or graduate course and a second talk to a general audience.
Nominations of individuals who would contribute to the college theme ("Arts in a Multicultural Society") are especially encouraged. Nominations for candidates who might contribute to a two-unit course a faculty member would mount in the college would be appropriate as would artists whose work might be featured in Porter's Courses, or teach a college course.
Proposals should show clear evidence of forethought and planning. For example:
- Proposed venues should accommodate the projected size of the audience
- Groups and individuals (other than the participant) likely to share an interest in the presenter should be contacted and their responses included in the application.
- Proposal must include statement of participation by any faculty co-sponsors (whether Porter Fellows or not).
Budgets must be broken down to include line items for any essential honoraria, lodging, technical support and any anticipated publicity (beyond Porter College flyers). Amount for each line item should be clearly reasonable and (if questionable) clearly explained.
In applying for funds, the applicant states their willingness to make all arrangements for the Porter Visiting Artist/Lecturer. These arrangements may include:
- Contacting the presenter with contracts for honoraria.
- Gathering publicity materials and creating an emailed and/or printed flyer.
- Arranging for the presenter's lodging and parking, if necessary.
- Arranging for the presenter's transportation to and from campus as needed.
All proposals for Porter Visiting Artist and Lecturer Funding will first be considered in light of the criteria given above. In a second screening, however, all proposals for Artist and Lecturer Funding and for Production Funding will be weighed against one another and funded according to the priorities of the Porter Executive Committee.
Please contact Provost Assistant Susan Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While Porter Distinguished Visiting Artists & Lecturers grants are awarded each Spring for the following year, small grants ($100 to $300) are sometimes available on a shorter turnaround for small projects favorably evaluated on the same criteria. If available, these grants are provided from any unspent funds from the previous year's Artist & Lecturer Funds. As with the larger A&L grants, the mini-grants require that there be a public presentation and that students and other Fellows of the College (not just individual departmental classes) benefit.
An application form may be downloaded here.
Fellows and Associate Fellows of Porter College are invited each spring term to apply for Porter College Production funding for the following academic year. At the discretion of the Porter Executive Committee, precedence may or may not be given to Fellows and Associate Fellows in that order.
Applications are due in the Porter College Office or must be received via email Provost Assistant Susan Beach at email@example.com by noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Application form may be downloaded here.
Priority will be given to those activities that enhance Porter academic and/or intellectual endeavors and which are likely to serve a cross section of Porter beyond a particular course or a particular major. Preference will be given to productions that take place in whole or in part at the College or in conjunction with Porter College courses. Qualifying projects must entail significant involvement of Porter faculty and students. Preference will be given to projects that are interdisciplinary in nature.
Proposals should show clear evidence of forethought and planning. Proposal must include statement of participation by any and all faculty co-sponsors (whether Porter Fellows or not).
Budgets must be broken down to specific expenditures. Amount for each line item should be reasonable and (if questionable) clearly explained.
In applying for funds, the applicant states their willingness to undertake responsibility and oversight for all aspects of the proposed production. A list of event organizer responsibilities is attached to the application form.
All proposals for Porter Production Funding will first be considered in light of the criteria given above. In a a second screening, however, all proposals for Artist and Lecturer Funding and for Production Funding will be weighed against one another and funded according to the priorities of the Porter Executive Committee.
Please contact Provost Assistant Susan Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Porter College is soliciting applications for funding for poetry-related projects to be undertaken during the upcoming academic year. Grants will be provided from an estimated $20,000 dividend for the year from The Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund established by Lecturer Emeritus and poet George Hitchcock and poet Marjorie Simon in enduring support of poetry at Porter College. (Please see "Background of the Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund" below.)
Funds may be requested in any amount. However, requests are expected to exceed available funding and many proposals will likely go unfunded. Funding decisions will be made on the basis of the criteria below and according to the priorities and judgement of the Poetry Advisory Committee, the Porter Executive Committee, and the Porter Provost.
Applications are due in the Porter College Office by noon on Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
Proposals are welcome from ALL UCSC faculty (including Lecturers and Emeriti). Students who wish to propose projects must make arrangements with a UCSC faculty advisor who will agree to review and submit the application for funds and who will actively guide the completion of the students' project should funds be awarded. Proposals are particularly sought from faculty fellows and students of Porter College. [See "Criteria" and "Background of the Fund" below.]
Funding is available for a wide variety of projects related to modern and contemporary poetry. Projects may include residencies for poets, readings by poets, commissions for song cycles, a poetry prize, support for performances of poetry-related projects (theater, music, art), a poetry-related conference, etc. The limits are wide and include theory as well as many forms of practice.
Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of the quality of the work, the numbers of UCSC students and faculty involved and/or affected, and relevance to Porter College students and faculty. (While students and faculty not associated with Porter are specifically included in this call, each project must, in SOME aspect, involve Porter College students and/or faculty and the degree of Porter involvement will be a factor in the selection process.)
To Be Considered:
Applications must by sent via EMAIL to Porter Provost Assistant, Susan Beach, Porter College: email@example.com and Porter Provost, David Evan Jones: firstname.lastname@example.org. (See APPLICATION FORM below.) Supporting materials may be sent to the Porter College Office and referenced in the emailed application.
Background of the Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund:
During the summer 2002, George Hitchcock, renowned publisher, poet, painter, and UCSC lecturer emeritus in creative writing, established the Hitchcock Modern Poetry Fund in support of poetry-related activities at Porter College. Following Hitchcock's death in August 2010, his longtime partner, Marjorie Simon, honored and fulfilled Hitchcock’s wishes in perpetuity by securing the Fund with a a gift of $500,000.
While the Porter Provost, in consultation with the Porter Executive Committee, makes final decisions on the uses of available funding, initial decisions are made by an advisory committee established by Mr. Hitchcock and continuing with membership jointly selected by current members of the committee and the Porter Provost.
Porter College awards a total (for all grants) of up to $25,000 in Festival Funding to be used in support of a festival & conference of the arts during the following 1-2 academic years. In an effort to produce festivals that justify the significant funding offered, the application requirements have been revised to include a fair amount of collaborative planning. In reviewing each application, the Executive Committee carefully considers the purposes of this funding and the relationship between the proposal and the stated priorities of the Arts Division departments. The Committee also looks for evidence of creative forethought, careful planning, and clear involvement of Porter College undergraduates. As announced in an email last May, this year's application deadline is set for Friday, January 18, 2013.
Purposes of Funding:
1. ...to call attention to UCSC as a national center of activity in the proposed field(s)
2. ...to provide venues for the public presentation of artwork by UCSC faculty and to
provide public forums in which these artists can discuss their work,
3. ...to bring to UCSC artwork and/or performances by innovators in the field and to
provide public forums in which these artists can discuss their work,
4. ...to educate and to spark the imaginations of undergraduates and graduate students
at Porter College and throughout UCSC as to the current and possible states of the arts…
5. ...(optionally) to serve as the public face of a concurrent scholarly conference
bringing together practitioners, theorists, and historians in related fields for lectures and paper sessions.
Normally Porter’s support would be directed to purposes 1-4 above while the organizers seek additional funds from other sources for purpose 5. Given the purposes stated, the focus of such a festival might be highly interdisciplinary or highly specialized depending upon the vision of those involved.
Previous festivals funded by this grant:
The following festivals were generally funded at a higher level (up to $50K) than is currently available. Many of them found additional funding from other UC and external sources. Proposals submitted in 2010 and beyond should be scaled to actual funding available.
The Digital Arts/New Media Festival was staged from May 4-7, 2006 at several locations at UCSC, The Museum of Art & History @ The McPherson Center, and elsewhere in Santa Cruz. Featuring exhibitions, film screenings, symposia, performances and satellite events, the festival drew national attention to the UCSC DANM Program. http://danm.ucsc.edu/web/festival
Directions in Contemporary Opera, was staged in April 2007 by Professor Nicole Paiement and Lecturer Brian Staufenbiel. The festival featured nationally and internationally known composers, performers, and scholars in opera and aria performances, panels, and lectures. The centerpiece of the festival was a highly reviewed world premiere performance of a new version of Lou Harrison’s Young Caesar in April 2007 in the UCSC Music Center Recital Hall in conjunction with a number of other presentations and performances. http://news.ucsc.edu/2007/03/1098.html
Intervene! Interrupt! Rethinking Art as Social Practice was produced in Spring 2008 by Professor Dee Hibbert-Jones and other faculty primarily from the UCSC Art department. Featuring internationally known performance artists and scholars and provocateurs, the four-day interventions festival took art performance, websites, objects and events out of the gallery and into other social and public spaces. http://artinterventions.ucsc.edu/
The Arts of Collaboration, a Symposium, was organized for Fall 2009 by Professors Margaret Morse and B. Ruby Rich and presented a series of addresses, panels, exhibits, and speakers including Dr. Ed Catmull, President of Pixar and Disney Animation Studios (Catmull was presented in collaboration with the UCSCFoundation Forum). http://danm.ucsc.edu/web/collaboration/panelists
The 2009 meeting of the International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM) was held at UCSC in Fall 2009 under the direction of Professor Karlton Hester. The festival featured performances,lecturers, and panels by performers, composers, and scholars from across the country on all aspects of improvised music. One of the featured performers was saxophonist/composer Charles Lloyd.
The Pacific Rim Music Festival organized by Professor Hi Kyung Kim was staged in late April 2010. This international festival featured over thirty composers from both sides of the Pacific, with music performed by a selection of the finest international ensembles and virtuoso soloists, and presentations from world-renowned scholars. This project was also supported by significant external funding from the Korea Foundation and other sources. http://pacificrim.ucsc.edu/intro.html
From February 4th to 6th, 2011, the seventh and last major centennial celebration of Paul Bowles work in diverse media was held at UCSC. "Bowles at 100: A Celebration of Multi-Artistry" featured concert premieres of several of Bowles compositions along with readings, films, and other events. Initiated by Lecturer Irene Herrmann, the celebration received major support from Porter College Festival funding, the National Endowment for the Arts, UCSC’s Institute for Humanities Research, Cowell College, Music Department, Office of Research, Division of the Arts, and Division of Graduate Studies. http://news.ucsc.edu/2011/01/bowles-centennial.html
What expenses are and are not covered by Porter Festival Funding?
Administrative coordination can be supported with funds provided by this grant. However, the primary use of Porter Festival funding must be for honoraria, publicity, programs, and technical support associated with the proposed festival. It would be inappropriate to use Porter Festival Funds to defray ordinary operating costs and salaries associated with on-going departmental or divisional facilities and personnel at UCSC. While funds for such a festival are not intended directly to support the creation of new faculty work, the festival should serve as a nationally visible venue for creative work by prominent artists very much including UCSC faculty.
How to apply:
The deadline for proposals is Friday, January 18, 2013. Please send all parts of the application electronically to Provost Assistant Susan Beach (email@example.com).
Proposals should be no more than 8-10 pages in length (excluding addenda as noted below) and should include the following:
• Tentative Event Title
• Name/department/rank/contact information of the primary faculty coordinator of festival.
• Names and contact information of any secondary faculty coordinators of festival.
• Dates of the proposed festival.
• Goals of the proposed festival.
• Event-by-event description of the festival as envisioned. Minimally incorporating…
- Several names of funded external participants (corroborating emails)
- Roles of UCSC faculty involved. (Corroborating emails as addenda)
- Specific plans for the involvement of Porter students and Arts Division students as participants (rather than merely as audience). NB: If you are proposing a Porter course, the proposal must include a detailed course description and the festival budget must include salary for the instructor along with any required course support.
- Venues (corroborating emails regarding their (likely) availability)
• Timeline for the planning and development of the festival: employment period of administrative staff, development and dissemination of programs and publicity, reservation of venues, travel and lodging reservations, and so on.
• A line-item budget including estimates of administrative & technical costs, honoraria, etc. for the ENTIRE endeavor (including parts not to be funded by Porter College). NB: Working with a more constrained budget than in the past, it is the policy of Porter College sharply to restrain honoraria for invited keynote speakers, panel participants, and others.\ UCSC ladder faculty may not be paid.
• Funding to be sought or already secured from other sources.
• Funding requested from Porter College.
Required Addenda (in addition to 8-10 page application):
• A two-page executive summary of the proposal, summarizing: goals, participants, events, schedule, and budget.
• Emailed statements of interest from funded external participants and UCSC faculty. These should make reference to the specific roles each will play.
• Letter from the Chair of the relevant department(s) assessing the centrality of the proposed festival to departmental research and curricular priorities
• Letter from Art Events office (Sabrina Eastwood) affirming the agreed-upon budget and deadlines for publicity materials for the proposed festival.
Proposals will be considered by the Porter Executive Committee late in fall quarter. Please feel free to direct questions to Porter Provost Assistant Susan Beach at firstname.lastname@example.org.