Cumulus Plus Grant Program invites applications. Join the virtual Cumulus Conference Guayaquil 2021!

Cumulus is seeking applications from academics and staff working in colleges and universities in art and design from non-members in different parts of the world to join our virtual conference Arts Imagining Communities to Come. For this call, the program will issue five (5) grants to attend Cumulus Guayaquil 2021; the award consists of waived registration fees. Submit application by October 18, 2021 (extended deadline)!


Conference information:

Cumulus virtual conference Guayaquil 2021: Arts Imagining Communities to Come
November 8-11, 2021 hosted by the Universidad de las Artes, Ecuador

The Conference will explore four research tracks: Crisis, criticism, and creation (Keywords: Global crisis, counter-hegemony, design thinking, social engagement in arts, imagination-creation.), Production Design in the Arts (Key words: DJ, transdisciplinary design, rent, influencers, co-creation, digital strategies.), Art, nature, biology and technology (Key words: Smartification, World design and worlding, cosmopolitics, artivism, southern epistemologies.) and Urban art and redesigning cities (Key words: Urban art, city, public space, laser tag, graffiti, design.).

The keynotes for each track include a performance theorist, media creator Jon Mckenzie (USA), visual artist Delma Rodríguez (Uruguay), scientist and theorist in New Media José-Carlos Mariátegui (Perú) and visual methods scholar, specialising in street art, graffiti and forms of urban creativity Susan Hansen (UK).
Full program information will be introduced on the conference website.

Conference host
Universidad de las Artes del Ecuador (UArtes), founded in 2013, is one of the four public universities devoted solely to the arts in Latin America. As a public higher education institution in the arts it has five schools: Film, Sound Arts, Literature, Visual Arts and Performing Arts. UArtes offers 7 bachelors within their schools; and four master programmes.

Overview
The Cumulus Plus Grant Program is a unique opportunity for researchers, academic and administrative staff to receive a scholarship to attend a Cumulus Conference and benefit from the knowledge exchange and community-building that results from meeting the diversity of our Cumulus members. The program is intended to assist colleagues in a country and/or region of the world typically underrepresented within the Cumulus network, opening the door for mutual learning and future collaboration.

Eligibility
– Cumulus Plus awards are directed to individuals who have an academic or administrative role, who hold a full-time position in a higher education institution with a college, school or department in the fields of art and design.
– Applicants must belong to an institution outside the Cumulus Association membership at the time of application. (Before applying, please refer to our current membership list).

Selection Process
A review panel from the Cumulus Executive Board and a prior Cumulus Plus grantee reviews all applications and selects the grantees. The panel takes into consideration individual candidates’ academic/professional achievements, their motivation to attend the conference, and evidence of alignment between candidates’ participation with the overall objectives of the program to promote access and knowledge exchange between the Cumulus membership community and colleagues outside the network in underrepresented countries and regions of the world.

Terms of the Grant
Candidates should review these terms before considering an application. Grantees must be able to comply with the following requirements if they accept the award:

Before the Conference
Return an award confirmation letter with your acceptance.

During the Conference
Cumulus Plus Grantees will be announced to all conference delegates at the start of the conference. They are expected to ensure enough time and good internet connection to follow most of the conference closely. Grantees shall agree separately with the Cumulus secretariat about their involvement in the virtual conference; it might be a short introduction, active joining a session, activity in social media, etc.

After the Conference
Grantees agree to submit a “first person”, reflective contribution about their learnings and any relevant highlights of their experience as Cumulus Plus grantees of the conference. This submission will be credited and published on the Cumulus website and promoted through other channels of the association. The submission may take the form of a short essay (between 500 and 100 words) and/or visual narrative (video testimonial, short film, photo or visual essay). We highly value staying in contact with the grantees after the conference.

Application Guidelines
Applications should be submitted by e-mail with the subject title ʺCumulus Plus Grantʺ to the Cumulus Secretariat, please contact Coordinator Justyna Molik at justyna.molik(at)aalto.fi. The submission deadline is October 18 (deadline extended). Five (5) grants offered.

The application consists of the following components, which must be submitted in English:
A letter of intent providing an explanation for your motivation to participate in the Conference and the overall significance attending the event may have in the development of your academic/professional trajectory and/or positive impact for your institution
A nomination letter indicating institutional endorsement of your candidacy from an administrative officer in your institution (i.e., senior administrator, provost, dean, department chair or program director).
– Short biography and for academic applicants, an additional Curriculum vitae
– Your photo (JPEG or PNG maximum file size is 8 MB; pixel size between 400 x 400 at a minimum)
Contact information including full name, position title, home institution address, institution website and contact details (email, mobile and social media handles).

DISCLAIMER: Cumulus keeps the right to reduce the number of grants admitted or to withdraw from granting any for a specific call. The grant cannot be exchanged into money. The registration cannot be moved to another person.

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