This program is a cross-disciplinary and multi-institutional partnership that offers student artists and scientists an opportunity to reflect critically and communally about racism in science and to explore innovative means of science communication and engagement.
Summary of Program:
This fully remote program consists of a 10-week artistic collaboration among humanities, social science, and STEM faculty and staff from Berea College, Tennessee State University, Tougaloo College, and Vanderbilt University. Under the guidance of these collaborators, student fellows from each school will explore a rich multidisciplinary perspective on ideas of scientific truth, the construction of race, and community in historical and contemporary experiences of science. Student fellows will also generate creative works that interrogate these topics in greater detail through reflective writing, interviews conducted with STEM professionals, and art-making. These works will serve as a basis for a digital exhibition that will open at the end of the program.. A background in both art and STEM is not required, but a willingness to engage in multidisciplinary approaches is critical.
Over the course of 10 weeks, the group will meet for 2 hours per week. Students will be expected to spend an additional 10 hours per week preparing for fellows' meetings and developing their projects for the digital exhibition. These meetings will occur entirely remotely using either a phone- or a web-based video platform. Fellows will be expected to attend all sessions. The timing of the meeting will be determined after the Fellows have been selected to best fit within their summer work and school schedules. However, the Fellows are also expected to have some flexibility in scheduling. If a Fellow misses a meeting without first having it approved by program administrators, they will be removed from the program.
A supply budget will be provided to each artist, as well as a $2,000 stipend.
Please complete the application below, and email any questions to Kendra.h.oliver@Vanderbilt.edu.