Museum Grants for Curricular Integration

The Smith College Museum of Art (SCMA) invites Smith College faculty members (individually, or in collaboration) from any discipline to apply for funds to integrate original works of art and museum resources in their teaching during the 2019-20 academic year. These grant funds can support faculty in a variety of ways, and all funding requests should be submitted through this proposal process.

The SCMA Curricular Integration Program aims to support faculty in designing new courses or modifying existing ones to incorporate a substantial new component of museum-based learning. The proposal should connect to SCMA’s broadest impact goals of deepening visual literacy and museum literacy for Smith students across all academic disciplines.  

Categories of Engagement

Funding is available to support museum engagement in the following categories. Faculty may apply for support in a single category, or across multiple areas.

I.     Museum-Based Engagement

  • SCMA’s Collection: Integrating SCMA’s art collection more deeply in your teaching
  • Museum Methods at SCMA: Integrating museum methods and practice in your teaching (including interpretive writing, exhibition development, object-based research, etc).

II.   Museum Field Trips

  • Course-integrated excursions to other collecting institutions beyond Smith’s campus

III. Course Enhancements related to Museum History and Theory

  • New or revised course components that engage students in broad consideration of collecting institutions and their role in society 

Financial Support

Grant support can be requested for the following activities. Total awards will not exceed $4000 per faculty member.

Travel associated with course development Not to exceed $500
Student research assistance Not to exceed $1000
Materials for course implementation Not to exceed $250
Funding for guest speakers Not to exceed $750
Funding for class trips Not to exceed $1500


Staff Support

As experts in object-based learning, the SCMA staff will consult with all funding recipients to support them in integrating art and museum experiences in their teaching. Through one-on-one advising, museum staff can assist in identifying works of art and resources relevant to specific course topics. Nearly every work in SCMA’s collection has been digitized, and staff can provide access to the full inventory of images. Staff are also available to provide workshops or tutorials about museum practice. Space and schedule permitting, faculty can also hold class sessions in SCMA’s internal classroom space. 


How to Apply

Please complete the online application available here:

Museum Grant Application

Prior to applying, faculty are encouraged to discuss their ideas and questions with SCMA staff by contacting Maggie Newey, Associate Director for Academic Programs and Public Education (, x2783) or Charlene Shang Miller, Associate Educator for Academic Programs (, x3109).

Deadline: March 4, 2019