NEH banner [Return to Query]

Products for grant CHA-264431-19

Proposal to Establish an Arts and Humanities Center at Indiana University Bloomington
Lauren Robel, Trustees of Indiana University

Grant details:

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.