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Creative Campus Initiative

Funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

In 2006, APAP initiated The Creative Campus Innovations grant program to deepen the aesthetic experience and the expansion of mind and spirit through innovative partnerships between arts presenters and their colleagues based on campuses across the country. The program funded collaborations between the academy (administration, faculty and students) and local community partners. Each funded project the following goals: 


  • Integrate the performing arts into the education, service, and scholarly missions of the academy and engage chief academic officers and executive leadership
  • Provide opportunities to deepen and expand the participation of artists in the academy through long term residencies, commissions and other creative activities
  • Identify, document, and share lessons learned that will contribute to an evolving knowledge base and learning community for campuses and the wider performing arts and presenting field

Interactive Toolkit: Animating the Creative Campus

The Creative Campus toolkit allows presenters, academic faculty, and artists interested in the Creative Campus model to explore resources, best practices, videos, and case studies from the 14 Creative Campus grantees. Also featured is a call-to-action co-authored by Steven Tepper and Alberta Arthurs, and a customizable PowerPoint presentation for anyone interested in making the case for the performing arts on their campus. This toolkit was developed in partnership with Trudel|MacPherson. Explore the Creative Campus toolkit.

For even more analysis on each of the grantee program, read the Creative Campus white paper. Alan Brown of WolfBrown, and Steven Tepper of Vanderbilt University, co-authored this paper in 2012 to synthesize all of the Creative Campus grantee projects.

Round I Grantee Profiles and Outcomes 

In 2007, eight campuses were awarded one or two-year grants totaling $1 million to undertake innovative projects that had the potential to increase awareness of the value of and expand support for integrating the performing arts into the academy and the campus community. This page links to profiles and outcomes for each of the following Round I projects:


Round II Grantee Profiles 

In 2008, APAP provided a second round of grants to these selected colleges and universities:


For even more project ideas, explore the online sketchbook of commendable critical and strategic thinking drawn from the 31 Round II grant semi-finalists (including the six grantees' awarded projects).

Additional Resources

History of the Creative Campus Innovations Grant Program

APAP was an excited organizing partner for The Creative Campus initiative which began following the 104th American Assembly at Columbia University, held in March 2004. The convening was supported by the Ford Foundation, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Dana Foundation, the AT&T Foundation, Pfizer and the Altria Group. More than sixty distinguished professionals gathered for over two days to examine the factors that characterize effective partnerships in education and the arts - the projects, proposals, curricula, and creative forces that make such partnerships work. All participants fully acknowledged that higher education and the arts together can generate imaginative and inspiring activities that benefit campuses, fortify artists and arts institutions, educate students, and stimulate audiences. ‚Äč