The Stanford Institute for Creativity and the Arts is infusing the arts into the fabric of the university. Through the development of new undergraduate arts programs, hosting artists in residence, awarding grants for multidisciplinary arts research and teaching, incubating collaborative performances and exhibitions with campus partners and other institutions, and providing centralized communication for Stanford arts events and programs, SiCa is working to place creativity at the center of a twenty-first-century education.
SiCa provides several grants for faculty, staff, and students. Visit the SiCa Grants page to learn about our various grant programs.
Arts in the Curriculum
The arts change the way our students think about the world. Through highlighting creativity, imagination, and risk-taking in the classroom, we are re-imagining the role of the arts in a twenty-first century education. To this end, SiCa sponsors visiting artists, off-campus excursions to relevant arts events and destinations, and materials and production costs, creating an environment of creativity in the classroom and facilitating pedagogical innovation.
Partnerships promote an environment of cross-disciplinary collaboration that strengthens the arts community at Stanford.Through cooperation with on-campus organizations, SiCa is able to play a leadership role in shaping the arts at Stanford and providing a platform for cross-disciplinary dialogue. Through facilitating and forging partnerships with major arts institutions off campus, SiCa acts as a bridge for the campus arts community to connect with its counterparts outside the institution.
Arts in Student Life
At Stanford, the arts play a leading role in student life, culture, and tradition beyond the classroom. The arts cross boundaries and subcommunities within the university and provide common ground for Stanford students. SiCa seeks to further integrate the arts into the everyday experience of all Stanford students.
Events and Programming
Bold arts programming builds community around the arts and brings the artistry and expertise of major artists to the Stanford campus. Through performances, exhibits, and conferences, SiCa increases exposure to the arts on campus, enhances curricular efforts in and beyond the classroom, and support integration and multidisciplinary programming. SiCa events are part of an already impressive array of arts events and programming at Stanford.
SiCa programming revolves around three area of focus, each of which provide a unique lens into the role of the arts at Stanford and beyond. The Center for Arts, Science and Technology (CAST) embodies the essence of Art + Invention programming, exploring research in neuroscience and the arts, audio-visual mapping, and expressive controllers. Programming in Arts and Humanities has developed a deep relationship with the Stanford Humanities Center, establishing residencies for artists who engage in both scholarship and practice. Programming in Global Arts addresses the cultural and international boundaries inherent in our modern world through hosting international artists and festivals, supporting new courses and performing ensembles, and providing overseas opportunities for Stanford students.
In 2009-10 SiCa initiated a campus-wide arts programming theme year, Art + Invention. The theme provided a groundwork for organizations and programs at Stanford to collaborate and explore the theme in the context of Stanford. Learn more about the year of Art + Invention online at http://ai0910.stanford.edu
2010-11 is the year of Memory. Please visit the Memory website to learn more about events and programming in the 2010-11 theme. http://memory1011.stanford.edu