Whether you are in the performing arts or not, we would like to invite you to be a part of the Wake Forest Interdisciplinary Arts Center (IAC).
We are pleased to help support faculty and student projects that are interdisciplinary. Reach out to someone in another discipline with your idea for a creative interdisciplinary performance partnership. Whether it’s Theatre and Sociology, Dance and Mathematics, Music and Philosophy, or one of hundreds of other possibilities, we want to encourage cross-pollination with the arts, and we want to give you a place, a time, and a reason to share your interests and stimulate important conversations.
Who to Contact
Email our director, Christina Tsoules Soriano, or a member of our executive committee if you would like to develop an idea. Executive committee members are Paul Bright (Hanes Gallery), Jay Curley (Art History), Leigh Ann Hallberg (Art), Steve Morrison (Communication Strategist), Brook Davis (Theatre), and Marco Sartor (Music).
What We Fund
See the descriptions, below, of fundable projects: Salons, Partners in Performance, Commissions, Traditional Scholarly Work, Special Classroom Projects, and Student Work. However, if you think of something that doesn’t fit any of these designations, please feel free to propose. We’re open to your creative ideas!
Partners in Performance (PIP)
PIP projects include most of the actual performance projects we support, and range from guest artists to special collaborations with many campus constituencies. Music, Theatre, and Dance are open to ideas about plays, music, and choreography that we might include in upcoming seasons, or produce as special projects. We also welcome suggestions and plans about great guest artists and speakers with strong interdisciplinary connections. We want to enhance conversation about your research and/or teaching interests with excellent performance work and stimulating conversation.
As with Partners in Performance, the Center is interested in helping fund the development of new interdisciplinary work that will interest the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem community. Speak with us about this and you might be surprised at what we can help create.
Exhibitions of visual art with a strong interdisciplinary connection, whether of work you have created or organized, on your own or in collaboration with other faculty/staff or students, are projects eligible for IAC support. A visual artist collaborating with a scientist, an art historian collaborating with a musical or theatrical performer, or an exhibition of visual art by a cross- or multidisciplinary artist which is a combination of presentation and performance of their work, are examples of potentially supported projects. Generally, the more fluid, porous or intertwined the disciplinary elements, the better!
Salon projects are typically intimate gatherings of faculty and students to discuss the process and product of an interdisciplinary partnership that has already occurred or is occurring. All we require is that each partnership have (or have had) some kind of arts component. Pre- and post-performance gatherings and talk-backs are versions of “salons” that we regularly organize. These can be as simple or elaborate as you like. The IAC regularly provides food, drink, and a place and time for conversation, as well as, small stipends for participating faculty and guest scholars and artists.
Special Classroom Projects
Do you have an idea to improve the classroom experience that involves the arts? Feel free to meet with us to develop your idea.
Traditional Scholarly Work
Whether it’s a special conference you would like to attend or host, research you are doing, or a writing project you need funds to support, you can apply to the IAC to help, as long as there is a clear interdisciplinary connection. We will be happy to consider your proposal and help develop your ideas. However, many other WFU funds support these kinds of endeavors, so this is a modest portion of our budget and large requests (over $1000) are unlikely to be fully fundable through The IAC.
The IAC is proud to support student work that engages the arts in an interdisciplinary manner. Whether you are making your art with an interdisciplinary focus, conducting research, creating an interdisciplinary event that features the arts, or something else entirely, we are happy to speak with you about how we might be able to help. Student proposals are held to a high standard of organization, must include appropriate guidance from faculty and/or staff with expertise in the appropriate disciplines, and must be submitted far enough in advance to ensure time for proposal refinement.
Guidelines for Grantees
Learn about the guidelines when you accept funding from the IAC.