Application Process

Read Guidelines
  • Applicants must be part of the Cornell community through project completion
  • Project must be exhibited via a free public event/showing on the Cornell campus during the academic year
  • Student projects cannot be related to theses or coursework
  • Students must obtain approval from a faculty member relevant to the project
  • Faculty must receive approval from Department Chair
  • Faculty, departments, and programs should secure matching funding
Create Account
  • Applicants will need a SlideRoom account to submit an application
  • For questions about SlideRoom or creating an account, contact SlideRoom
  • For all other questions, contact CCA
Complete Application
  • Access the application, which includes:
  • Profile: One-page resume/bio for each artist, presenter, group
  • Proposal: 500-word narrative describing project, key people, merit and significance to community, and schedule
  • Budget: Access budget form here or on SlideRoom
  • Media: Images, video, audio, and/or PDFs of your prior or proposed work

Review Process

Grant applications are reviewed each cycle by the Grant Review Panel which consists of Cornell faculty from CCA member departments. Each application is evaluated on the merits of project concept, impact (how it expands boundaries of a particular discipline), feasibility (location, budget and timeline), experience or expertise of applicant, and how it contributes to the understanding of the arts at Cornell.

Project proposals may engage any singular art form or any mixture of art forms, but must be new work made or conceived outside of any regular academic or studio class. Students, faculty, departments and programs from across Cornell’s campus are encouraged to apply with projects for which there is insufficient departmental funding or for work which could not be made or experienced without independent financial support. However, substantial artistic merit, rather than financial need, is the first priority of both the review panel and the CCA.

Artistic Excellence
  • Quality of the artistic work and project concept
  • Artistic significance of the project
Project Merit
  • Potential impact on the academic, artistic, and cultural community
  • Quality and clarity of the project goals and design
  • Qualifications of the applicant and other project leaders
  • Potential for the project to achieve the applicant’s intended outcomes
  • Appropriateness of the budget and resources required

Exhibition Spaces

Please note that CCA does not manage or have control over any on-campus galleries, exhibition halls, or performance spaces. The grantee is responsible for security event space. The following list is intended to serve as a starting point; it is not a comprehensive list of all available on-campus spaces.