BLOOMINGTON - Indiana University has announced new funding programs it says will advance the work of faculty artists and scholars at its Bloomington campus. The university says the programs will not only foster its "longstanding strengths" in the arts and humanities, but also celebrate their public value.

The programs are being offered through the IU Arts and Humanities Council. They include: 

  • The Public Humanities Project: Supporting research projects that benefit Bloomington and other southern Indiana communities, funded by the IU Office of the Vice President for Research through IU's New Frontiers in Arts and Humanities program.
  • Public Arts Grants for projects such as art installations and performances that enrich the Bloomington community, offered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research in collaboration with the City of Bloomington's Department of Economic and Sustainable Development.
  • New fellowships in the arts and humanities offered through IU Bloomington's Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities, an institute supported by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research.
  • An Open Access Monograph Digital Publishing program for manuscripts in the humanities and social sciences, offered in collaboration with the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, the Office of the Provost at IU Bloomington, the IU Libraries and IU Press.

"The new programs are designed to support IU Bloomington faculty at their most adventurous and to affirm the public value and significance of their work," said Ed Comentale, associate vice provost for arts and humanities in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington and director of the Arts and Humanities Council. "Projects will be selected based on their ability to strengthen ties between community and campus and to help advance the regional mission of IU Bloomington as a whole."

The university did not state exactly how much money would be allocated for each program.