The 2021 CREATE! Micro-Grant Program has selected 12 student projects to receive $500 for responding critically and imaginatively to events occurring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of the winning projects reflect on the changes we've undergone during the pandemic, focusing on personal growth, social change, mental health, and therapeutic community oriented practices. The CREATE! Micro-Grant Program winners utilize a variety of expressive mediums to portray their message.
Each submission was examined by a group of seven jurors from MSU and the Lansing area, with proposed works only being accepted from currently enrolled undergraduate students at MSU.
Facilitated by the Michigan State University's College of Arts & Letters, and made possible by our many supporting partners at MSU, this Microgrants initiative was facilitated by the College of Arts & Letters (CAL) Dean's Arts Advisory Council (DAAC).
“It gives me great hope to see MSU student artists and writers using their practices as active and intentional pathways to social and personal change,” said Divya Victor, Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Transnational Poetry, who founded and organized the CREATE! Micro-Grant initiative along with Professor of Theatre Rob Roznowski. “Many of these proposals come from artists discovering new mediums and methods learned during the pandemic. From the shock of the pandemic, our students have discovered a deep capacity for carrying on, both in their work and in their lives. We wanted to offer a source of financial support that sent a clear message to our students: that process matters, that trying matters, that there is room for attempts that fail. Any artistic or literary practice is built on the faith that others place in what you are yet to make,” Victor said. “We want MSU students to know that we believe in that because, as artists and writers in the DAAC, we have lived that truth.”
The DAAC has been glad to support the many ways in which these young artists have made artworks that reflect their approach to the particular challenges of their generation.
This online exhibit was designed and curated collaboratively by Rob Roznowski (MSU Theatre) and Divya Victor (MSU English and Creative Writing). The organizers are grateful to Mary Zauel, Laura Cloud, Pete Johnson, Alec Parr, and Kim Popiolek and CAL Marketing and Communications for their supporting roles in this effort.