The Commons offers a platform for the creation and presentation of innovative, experimental, interdisciplinary installations, performances, or other artist projects. Site-specific projects should incorporate and directly respond to the space of The Commons located on the main level of Spooner Hall. Since The Commons is envisioned as both a physical and an intellectual space for convergence of interdisciplinary inquiry, proposed projects should relate to The Commons both physically and intellectually. Projects should be designed with the Spooner Hall premises and its many uses in mind, with an awareness that the space supports various programs and activities (from symposia to musical events to catered receptions). Moreover, projects should exhibit strong interdisciplinary elements addressing the programmatic theme for the year at The Commons and integrating aspects of the arts, humanities, and sciences.
Grants fund original projects and will cover materials and a modest opening reception, but not salaries. Proposals are evaluated by a panel of external reviewers and determinations will consider originality of project, relation to the theme, incorporation of space, and alignment with the mission of The Commons.