Challenge Programs: Infrastructure and Capacity Building Challenge Grants

Period of Performance

5/1/2019 - 4/30/2024

Funding Totals (matching)

$500,000.00 (approved)
$500,000.00 (offered)
$500,000.00 (awarded)

Proposal to Establish an Arts and Humanities Center at Indiana University Bloomington

FAIN: CHA-264431-19

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Lauren K. Robel (Project Director: August 2018 to present)

Renovation of a historic building to create an Arts and Humanities Center. The center would expand access to resources for both on- and off-campus communities by co-locating faculty and offices for humanities initiatives and constructing a seminar room, lecture hall, and digital exhibit space.

Indiana University requests funding to create an Arts and Humanities Center at the main entrance of its campus. Located in historic Maxwell Hall, near the edge of downtown Bloomington, the center will provide students, scholars, and community members with access to the campus’s rich array of arts and humanities collections, archives, and activities. It will house the offices of the Arts and Humanities Council, the College Arts and Humanities Institute, and the Arts and Humanities Student Guild as well as a seminar room, a multi-use lecture hall, and exhibition resources for campus collections and archives. Co-locating key humanities offices will serve to organize and showcase the campus’s investments in humanities-based initiatives and collections. Funding to rehabilitatethe site and construct the research center will advance the campus as a cultural hub for the region and a world-class arts and humanities research institution.

Associated Products

Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities (Center)
Name: Gayle Karch Cook Center for Public Arts and Humanities
Abstract: As both a campus showpiece and an active workspace, the new Center for Public Arts and Humanities celebrates our inspiring work in the arts and humanities and cements the campus’s international reputation as a leader in the arts and humanities. In both planning and management, it responds to the incredible successes and new programs established by the arts and humanities community over the past five years and meets critical needs that were identified in an all-campus survey and study undertaken by the Arts Administration in 2017. The new center is a place to focus and develop new teaching, research, and creative activity on campus that is multi-disciplinary, public-facing, and socially responsive, dynamic work that is in desperate need of space, visibility, and access, and without a proper home would weaken in significance and impact. By bringing all of our current investments into one space, the center not only signifies our commitment to the arts and humanities at their most socially urgent, but serves as a model for other schools and programs across the world. Specifically, the new campus center serves as a much-needed home and co-located workspace (with over 40 offices) for three of the campus’s most public-facing arts and humanities centers: the Arts and Humanities Council, which is responsible for the First Thursdays Festival, the Global Remixed Festival, and many other successful programs that attract tens of thousands of students each year; the College Arts and Humanities Institute, which supports contemporary research and creative activity as well as oversees dozens of centers and working groups in these areas; and the Center for Rural Engagement, which mobilizes IU’s vast resources to aid in the development of rural communities in southern Indiana, particularly through Quality of Place, which focuses on the arts and culture infrastructure of small towns throughout the region. Bringing these dynamic offices together in one place ensures their continued c
Director: Edward P. Dallis-Comentale
Year: 2021
Primary URL:
Primary URL Description: A website that provides information about the center, its purpose, partners, and programs.