The Council's charge is to advise the Provost on policy and resource issues in the arts, to promote collaborative activity and programming among professional, academic, and student arts organizations at Duke and in the Durham community, to provide a forum for the exchange of information between arts organizations at Duke, to promote interdisciplinary projects in the arts, to select the recipient of the Sudler Award in the Arts, and to report annually to the Provost on the state of the arts at Duke and progress toward goals and objectives. The committee typically meets once a month.
Among the Council's principal tasks is administering two grant programs.
Collaboration Development Grants are offered to faculty members who wish to collaborate on new artistic work with artists or faculty members in their own or different disciplines. Grant applications are evaluated once each semester by a subcommittee of the Council for the Arts, who propose the results to the full Council. Grants are awarded by the Provost and Vice Provost for the Arts upon the Council’s recommendation.
Visiting Artist Grants support projects that will enrich the life of the university and broader community, augment the curricular efforts of a range of departments and programs, facilitate the interaction of artists and scholars, foster the reputation of Duke as a place where the arts are vital and diverse, and contribute to the arts as a whole. Applications are reviewed once per year during the spring semester by a committee appointed by the Vice Provost for the Arts, which presents its recommendations to the Council for the Arts for ratification. Upon the Council’s recommendation, grants are awarded by the Vice Provost for the Arts in consultation with the Provost.
Chair, Department of English
Jeremy Begbie (Spring Semester)
Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Divinity School
Jennifer Chambers ‘01
Director, Alumni Education, Duke Alumni Association
Chair, Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Senior Writer, Office of News & Communications
Graduate and Professional Student Council representative
Executive Director, Duke Performances
Director, Interdisciplinary Initiatives, Duke University Development Office
Director, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture
Director, Center for Documentary Studies
Arts of the Moving Image
Director, Franklin Humanities Institute
Vice Provost for the Arts
Curator, Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Duke Student Government representative
Dean of the Humanities
Dean of the Chapel
Robert W. Carr, Jr., Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Thomas Rankin (on leave), Director, Master of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documetary Arts
Ted Mott (alternate), Assistant Director, MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts
Assistant Vice President, Student Affairs & Director, University Center Activities & Events
Executive Assistant, Office of Durham and Regional Affairs
Chair, Department of Music
Director, Nasher Museum of Art
Director, Dance Program
Chair, Department of Theater Studies
Program Coordinator, Health Arts Network at Duke
For more information on the Council for the Arts, contact the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts, 919.684-4687 or email email@example.com.