Spring 2017 Grant Deadlines

Two upcoming grant deadlines are rapidly approaching. Ignition Fund awards of up to $1,500 support students exploring an idea, venture, or project. The Ignition Fund is ideal for students with early-stage and conceptual ideas, and a recommended means of developing an application for LaunchU. In addition to cash to support your work, Creativity & Leadership staff and alumni will provide hands-on support. Additional information and application can be found here. Ignition Fund applications are due April 3rd. The XARTS Fund supports the development and execution of collaborative, multidisciplinary, artistic projects to be implemented during winter term and the summer by students in both the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music. Individual or group projects that demonstrate creative and focused cross-disciplinary endeavors will be awarded grants of up to $4,000. Additional information and application can be found here. XARTS Fund applications are also due April 3rd. An information session on applying for XARTS funding will be held on March 13th, 7-8PM, in Bibbins Hall 223. Director of Conservatory Professional Development Dana Jessen will lead the session....

LaunchU 2017 Pitch Weekend Kicks Off in Oberlin

LaunchU 2017 Pitch Weekend begins Thursday, March 2nd, with a keynote address by Mr. Gerard Baker P’19, Editor-in-Chief of the Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones, roles he assumed on January 1, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Baker served as the Journal‘s deputy editor-in-chief. He previously worked for the Financial Times, the BBC, and the Times of London. Baker started his working life as an analyst at the Bank of England and then as an economist in the city of London. He was educated at Corpus Christi College at Oxford University, where he graduated with a First Class Honours Degree in philosophy, politics, and economics. Mr. Baker will be speaking on “The Future of News” in the Dye Lecture Hall of Oberlin’s Science Center. Program begins at 4:45PM and is free and open to the public. Pitch Day 2017 will be Saturday, March 4th. This is Oberlin’s fifth annual competition, held for the first time this year at the historic Apollo Theater. Doors open at 8:30AM. The competition will run from 9AM until 12PM. After a lunch break, feedback sessions with the competing ventures will be held on the second floor of Bibbins Hall from 1:30PM until 3:30PM. A reception will begin at 3:30PM in The Birenbaum Innovation and Performance Space, in the lower level of the new Hotel at Oberlin. The awards ceremony is expected to begin ca. 4:30PM. All Pitch Day events are free and open to the public. The pitch competition and award ceremony will be streamed via Facebook Live on the Creativity & Leadership Facebook page. Additional information, including a detailed schedule of events, can...

Two Grant Deadlines Approaching in April

Applications are now being accepted for two spring grant cycles: April 1, 2016: XARTS Fund Applications Due The XARTS Fund supports the development and execution of collaborative, multi-disciplinary, artistic projects to be implemented during winter term by students in both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Conservatory of Music. Individual or group projects that demonstrate creative and focused cross-disciplinary endeavors will be awarded grants of up to $4,000. Applicants are encouraged to prepare for the application process and the challenges of implementing funded projects by taking advantage of workshops, courses, and advising through the Creativity & Leadership and the Conservatory Professional Development Offices. Applicants are encouraged to review their proposals prior to submission with the Conservatory Director of Professional Development. Additional information and application process can be found here. April 11, 2016: Ignition Grant Applications Due Ignition Fund awards of up to $1,500 support students exploring an idea, venture, or project. The Ignition Fund is ideal for students with early-stage and conceptual ideas, and a recommended means of developing an application for LaunchU. In addition to cash to support your work, Creativity & Leadership staff and alumni will provide hands-on support. Additional information and application process can be found here. If you are considering applying for an XARTS Fund grant and would like more guidance, please contact Director of Conservatory Professional Development Dana Jessen at 775-8686. If you are considering applying for an Ignition Grant and would like more guidance, please contact Director of Entrepreneurship Elyzabeth Holford at...

Latest Flint Initiative Grant Recipients Announced

The recipients of Fall 2015 Flint Initiative Grant (FIG) awards have just been announced. Flint Initiative Grants provide innovative, motivated, and prepared Conservatory and Double-Degree students opportunities to develop imaginative artistic projects to be implemented during winter term. Four outstanding Oberlin student projects were selected to receive financial support: Senior Leo Harrington will explore the “Pedagogies of Recovery” as he examines how music teachers can best help students recover from performance injuries. Judy Jackson will look at how the byte structure of a music file can affect its sound in a project called “Standardizing Glitch Audio.” Third-year Torrin Hallet will attend a camp for string orchestra composers and professionally record and mix his finished composition. Second-year Mohit Dubey will serve as project coordinator for the Clippert Revival Orchestra, a program to restart the music program at Clippert Academy in Detroit, Michigan. For additional information about each project and its student team members, please visit the linked...

Latest XARTS Fund Grant Recipients Announced

The recipients of Fall 2015 XARTS Fund awards have just been announced. The XARTS Fund supports the development and execution of collaborative, multi-disciplinary, artistic projects to be implemented during winter term by students in both the College of Arts & Sciences and the Conservatory of Music. Three outstanding Oberlin student projects were selected to receive financial support: Fin is an interactive multimedia piece that tells the story of our planet’s incredible, yet seldom considered, network of food manufacturing. “Meditation on Media in Oberlin and London” is an interactive installation that will investigate the impact of cross-disciplinary media in two distinct locations. I Do It So It Feels Like Hell is an exploration of writing, mental illness, womanhood, and the disconnect between artist and art, demonstrated through the life and works of poet and novelist Sylvia Plath. For additional information about each project and its student team members, please visit the linked venture...