Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life 2015 National Conference will be Sept. 30- Oct. 3, 2015 and is hosted by UMBC in Baltimore, MD. The purpose of this conference is to facilitate bold, creative and effective work that enables people to build and sustain the relationships that will link our stories, fulfill the democratic purposes of higher education, and address our collective challenges. Proposed sessions should be as interactive and provide opportunities for sharing and co-creating practical and theoretical frameworks that guide understanding of engaged art, scholarship and design. Those proposing sessions should note that over the past several years, significant energy and interest within the consortium has been focused on ‘The Bold Power of Arts, Humanities and Design’, ‘The Power of Story/Narrative’ and ‘Institutional and Community Transformation’. The submission platform will open on March 2, 2015. The deadline to submit proposals is April 2, 2015.
The second Request for Proposals under the 2014-2015 Environmental Education (EE) Grants Program is now open. The Environmental Protection Agency seeks grant proposals to support locally-focused environmental education projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship. Successful applicants will submit projects that design, demonstrate, and/or disseminate environmental education practices, methods or techniques. The goal of these projects is to develop informed, knowledgeable citizens and provide them with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. Applications are due March 6, 2015.
The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program Program provides grants range from $25,000-$250,000. State Advisory Councils in each state helps identify local needs within its state. Councils base recommendations on alignment with Foundation focus areas, state or community needs and program eligibility criteria. Cycle 1 and 2 grants must revolve around Focus Giving or Community Engagement Giving. Examples of programs in Focused Giving areas: efforts that aim to enroll people in SNAP, healthy eating/cooking skills training, nutrition education programs and career skills or job training efforts that lead to placement. Examples of programs in Community Engagement Giving: education, health care access and other human services programs. Cycle 2 grant application cycle will be open from April 20-May 1, 2015.
Established to recognize an individual who has made significant contributions toward understanding the impact and import of Asian cultural heritage in areas relevant to psychiatry, the Kun-Po Soo Award seeks to encourage scholarship and research in culture-specific mental health issues and treatment needs of Asian populations and to stimulate scientific exchange on transcultural issues. An honorary plaque and $1,000 will be given to the award recipient upon presentation of the award lecture at the APA annual meeting. Deadline is June 1, 2015.
The annual meeting will be held July 22-25 in Bowling Green, KY at Western Kentucky University. At the meeting, the Society for Values in Higher Education will investigate the role of collaboration, in the midst of apparently competing values, as a mechanism by which colleges and universities can effect change and develop their role in local, national, and global communities. They invite paper or panel presentations that grapple with issues related to moving higher education forward through various collaborations—between different faculties, between faculty and administrators, among faculty, administrators, and staff, and even between colleges and universities and public and private organizations in the broader community. Two papers will be selected for the Robert Spivey Excellence in Scholarship Awards, which include a prize of $300 each. To be eligible for an award, authors are required to attend the SVHE meeting to present their papers. Submissions are due by July 1, 2015.