Juilliard Community Engagement Grants (formerly known as Summer Grants) have assisted students from every division and helped allow them to engage in worthy outreach and service-based projects locally, nationally, and internationally. Grants have been awarded to projects that reflect concern for social responsibility as artists; supplement regular artistic studies and education; and expand the students’ professional versatility. Students who are applying for Community Engagement Grants should make sure their proposals include community outreach and engagement components (i.e., arts education, social and/or arts programming and interaction, etc., particularly with a community or group in need of assistance). Proposals should also incorporate a plan for long-term relationship and/or remote follow-up as needed as well as a collaborative action plan. All current, full-time enrolled College Division undergraduate and graduate students, including those graduating in May 2016, are eligible to receive community engagement grants, though preference will be given to students who will be returning to Juilliard in the fall of 2016.
Each year, three to five projects are chosen from dozens of applications. Recent projects funded by the School have included:
- A music education and outreach program in Monserrat
- A dance camp and skills-building workshop for underserved youth in Ohio
- Dance workshops and english language classes in rural El Salvador
- A mutli-arts education and workshop program in Kansas City, KS
- A benefit concert in the hometown of two Juilliard students that raised over $6,400 and collected enough food for 26,300 meals for a Virginia food bank
- Arts empowerment workshops in dance, drama and music creativity for at-risk and paroled youth. in Detroit, Michigan to build confidence, develop communication & learning skills, and creativity
- A series of workshops and master classes led by a wind quintet for children in rural Kenya
- A chamber music camp in Garland, Texas created and directed by a graduate violist
- A program utilizing the arts – music, dance and drama - to teach grade school children with various medical afflictions, and to encourage healing in a medical clinic in Guatemala.
Activities like these deepen the students’ understanding of their role and impact as artists. Preference is given to projects that have not only educational value to the student beyond conventional artistic or academic studies, but also potential to benefit others, especially those in underserved areas of the United States. Students are encouraged to apply for community engagment grants by emailing a written description of the project and proposed budget, including contributions by the participants and other funding sources, to firstname.lastname@example.org, by February 1 of each year.
NOTE: This grant program is not affiliated with the Juilliard Career, Project, and Entrepreneurship Grants, Juilliard Career Advancement Fellowships, Novick Career Advancement Grants, Benzaquen Career Advancement Grants or the Lucrezia Bori Grant.