The Cornell Council for the Arts (CCA) provides a flexible platform for the creation of and public discourse on the contemporary arts across campus through its annual grant program and the Cornell Biennial. When the University closed in response to COVID-19, CCA reached out to a number of CCA partner departments to determine how best to assist their seniors' response to the pandemic.

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We've extendend the deadline for 2020-21 CCA grant applications to Fall 2020. The CCA is currently accepting Individual Grant Program applications for NEW arts projects to be exhibited or performed on campus during the 2020-21 academic year. 

Curious as to what's been done? Check out past projects.

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The 2020 Cornell Biennial focus is on SWARM: Ecology, Digitality, Sociality, and will feature artistic environments that provoke University-wide conversation about multitude, motion, sound, migration, and threat, while reflecting on precarity in an age of technological abundance.

In image, movement, and assemblage, Swarm lies at the core of the artistic and design process, whether through the assemblage and casting of materials, the combinatory of data, the imaging of ecology, the profusion of sound, the flight of drones or the performance of multitude. The profusion of swarm, as well as its peril, traverse the divides of performance, art, sound, architecture, design, ecology, biology, and information.

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FALL 2020 / SPRING 2021

A three-day celebration commemorating the 50th anniversary of the multi-platinum recording, “Songs of the Humpback Whale,” April 15-17, 2021, at Cornell University.

Apr 15
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Apr 17