Museum Grants for Student Programs

Design an event with YOUR Museum!


The Smith College Museum of Art invites current Smith College students to create a program for one of our Thursday Late Nights. Proposals will be selected through an application process and produced in collaboration with the museum’s Post-Baccalaureate Fellows.

Individuals, student orgs, or houses may apply for up to $1,500 in funding to implement their program proposal. Museum Grant recipients will also receive support from museum staff with:

  • planning and coordination
  • marketing and communications
  • event set-up and facilitation

Programs supported by Museum Grants are sparked by student interest and should connect Smith College students with their campus art museum. These could include student-led gallery dialogues, panel discussions, guest-artist workshops, film screenings, performances, teas, plus more.

In order to be considered for support from the museum, proposals must identify how the program meets the goal of connecting SCMA collections and/or exhibitions with existing student-driven initiatives on campus.



There are two application cycles for Museum Grants for Student Programs. One proposal will be selected in the fall and one proposal will be selected in the spring.

Fall Deadline: October 3, 2018  (Event to be offered on November 29, 2018)

Spring Deadline: February 4, 2019  (Event to be offered on March 28, 2019)



1. Attend an optional information session on Monday, September 24 from 12:15-1:00pm in CC 204. Lunch provided!

2. Submit program proposals via the online application.


Frequently Asked Questions

What are Thursday Late Nights?

SCMA is open until 8 p.m. every Thursday with special student programming offered on the LAST Thursday of the month during fall and spring semesters.


If I am awarded a Museum Grant, could my event be offered on a date other than November 30 in the fall or March 28 in the spring?

No – these Thursday Late Night dates have been reserved for programs funded by Museum Grants.


When will I be notified if my proposal has been selected?

Applications for the fall semester will be accepted through October 3, 2018 and applicants will be notified if their proposal has been selected by October 12, 2018.

Applications for the spring semester will be accepted through February 4, 2019 and applicants will be notified if their proposal has been selected by February 11, 2019.


How will I be evaluated?

Proposals will be selected based on clarity and organization, goal alignment, and relevance.


What type of proposals have Museum Grants previously supported?

Examples of past programs funded by Museum Grants for Student Programs include:

  • Art Slam - Break the frame at this special event organized by Celia Calder ‘17 and Keara Phillips-Vabre ‘17! Perform your unique, personal response to issues of inequality in the art world through a musical, spoken word or minimalistic dance piece in the museum galleries.
  • Around the World in EighTEA Minutes - Sip, snack & get inspired at this special student-driven program! Enjoy a gallery talk on teaware by Yao Wu, curator of Asian art, a sampling of various teas from across the globe and a traditional tea ceremony performed by the Asian Students Association.
  • Gallery Talk + Artmaking with Eric Avery - Chat, snack and learn-to-print with Eric Avery and Smith College VOX! Explore the exhibition Eric Avery: AIDS WORK with the artist, Avery, at 12pm, followed by an artmaking activity (inspired by the show!) and refreshments in the atrium. Drop by to connect with the artist, VOX, and your museum.
  • Our Flight is Endless - Come through and experience Latinx art and culture at SCMA with Latin American Students Association (LASO), in this special event by Smith students, for Smith students. Enjoy homemade Latinx appetizers, music, performances, and much more.


What type of costs do Museum Grants cover?

Up to $1,500 in funding may be used to support supplies, food and refreshments, guest speakers, and other program costs.


Should I attend the Museum Grants for Student Programs information session?

All prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to attend the Museum Grants for Student Programs information session on Monday, September 24 from 12:15-1:00pm in CC 204. SCMA staff will share more information about the online application, program guidelines, and previous student programs.

If you are unable to attend and have questions about the application process, please contact Paula Lopez, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Museum Education, 413.585.2781,


I have an idea for a program and/or my Student Org has an existing project in mind, but I am not sure how to connect it to the museum.

We are more than happy to help connect your ideas to the museum! You should attend the Museum Grants for Student Programs lunch presentation in September and/or contact aula Lopez, Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Museum Education, 413.585.2781,


Can I exhibit student artwork at the museum through this program?

No – applications to display student work in the museum will not be considered, but other spaces on campus may be available. To inquire about use of the Nolen Art Lounge, please contact


Can I curate an exhibition from the museum’s collection through this program?

No – students interested in curating a show from the museum’s collection should consider entering the drawing to participate in Student Picks.