The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist in Residence Program


The Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program (DMSF AIRP) at Emory University seeks to increase substantially the depth, diversity and profile of performing arts education in the Emory and greater Atlanta communities by providing opportunities for meaningful contact with performing artists, composers, and art scholars from throughout the world.

Artists whose work reflects international and diverse cultural dimensions will be engaged for extended periods of time during which they provide Emory and Atlanta area students with teaching, master classes, lectures, and demonstrations often culminating in a public performance of their work in the Schwartz Center. The committee will entertain residency applications for artists of any discipline or artistic scholars. A meaningful portion of the residency must take place on Emory University campus. This includes lectures, workshops, film showings, classes, and art installations.

Projects should supplement or enhance planned programmatic content or create unique opportunities for the Emory student and the community.

Application and Selection Process

Download a PDF of the application and submission guidelines.

The DMSF AIRP Committee will grant funds to applications that achieve the goals of the mission statement above. The following criteria will also apply:

Applications will only be accepted from Emory Arts programs/departments.

Artistic Excellence

  • Quality of the artist - The committee will consider emerging as well as established artists
  • Artistic, curricular, or programmatic significance of the residency

Project Merit

  • Potential impact on the academic, artistic, and cultural community
  • Potential for the project to achieve the applicant's desired outcome
  • Feasibility of the project, the appropriateness of the budget, the clarity of the goals and design, the resources required, and the qualifications of the organizers

Submission Deadlines

  • Fall Semester 2017: March 31, 2017; applications considered as submitted
  • Spring Semester 2018: September 30, 2017; applications considered as submitted
  • DMSF AIRP applications will not be considered for Summer Session

Application Guidelines

A complete application submission will consist of the following:

  • Brief project summary statement specifying impact on and involvement of Emory students.
  • Letter of intent stating the name and dates of the residency, the amount of funding requested, a statement of how the project and selected artist(s) fulfills the original intent of the grant as summarized in the DMSF AIRP Mission Statement, and the name and contact information for both the
  • individual organizing and the department supporting the project.
  • Letter of support from department chair/ program director.
  • One-page narrative describing the project, key people involved, how students are engaged, the artistic, curricular, or programmatic merit, and significance of the project to the community.
  • Budget, including detailed income, expenses, and additional income sources or in-kind support. Please specify if support is pending or approved.
  • Proposed itinerary for the artist(s) and a schedule of residency activities.
  • Resume/biography for each artist.
  • Statement describing how the residency will be documented for the DMSF AIRP archives.

All materials must be sumbitted electronically (PDF format) to

CDS will be accepted via Emory Campus Mail:

Attn:  Dwight Vaught, Chair, Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist-in-Residence Program
Campus Mailstop 3261-003-1AA

Please Note

  • All residency activity dates, times, and locations must have proof of approval from the appropriate/intended department prior to submission.
  • Upon approval, grantees may submit event details for posting in the online arts calendar and applicable arts email newsletters. If submitted by print deadlines, events may be publicized in printed materials, where applicable. Further assistance with promotion of public events may be provided at the discretion of the Center for Creativity & Arts (CCA) Marketing Manager. The CCA staff is not responsible for the promotion of the residency events, but may be able to offer guidance and liaise with the press and Emory Communications.
  • All publicity for DMSF AIRP-sponsored events must credit the DMSF AIRP sponsorship with the following statement: "Sponsored in part (or in full) by a grant from the Donna and Marvin Schwartz Foundation Artist-in-Residence Fund". All marketing materials must be submitted to the CCA for approval prior to distribution.
  • The DMSF AIRP committee does not fund projects retroactively.
  • Travel expenses may be supported for visiting artists only.
  • Requests for equipment and software will not be funded.

Download a PDF of the application and submission guidelines.