Curriculum Enrichment Awards

Each year, Duke Performances partners with more than 30 faculty across a range of departments and academic units to coordinate 100 distinct residency events, reaching over 2,000 Duke students. We bring world-class artists to Duke classrooms and public forums in ways that directly enrich campus and community life. As an organization, we believe that engagement with the arts, and the dynamics of live performance, creates context for learning and inquiry, facilitating collisions between ideas and animating course material.

For the 2022/23 academic year, Duke Performances plans to offer two competitive grants for faculty: one in the amount of $2,500, and a second in partnership with the Duke Language, Arts & Media Program (LAMP) in the amount of $4,000. Stay tuned for an official announcement in Spring 2022. Awards will support the development of new courses or enhancements to existing courses that engage: 1) the theme or practice of artistic performance, and 2) the work of at least two of the artists or ensembles that Duke Performances will present during the 2022/23 academic year.

Grants will be awarded in the form of stipends payable in research funds during the semester in which the course is offered, Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. Prior to that time, Duke Performances will work closely with faculty awardees to structure class visits or public engagements featuring our visiting artists.

Prospective applicants should contact Brian Valentyn ( for an advance copy of Duke Performances’ season schedule, which will not be publicly available until June 2022. We welcome your inquiries, and are available to offer feedback on the details of all proposals prior to submission.

About the Organization

Duke Performances presents willfully eclectic, forward-thinking programming at a dozen venues on campus and in Durham. Through its performances, visiting artist residencies, and commissioning and development of exciting new work, the organization takes a leading role in the cultural life of the nation and encourages meaningful engagement with the Duke campus and Durham community. Duke Performances offers a robust season of presentations spanning classical, new music, jazz, American vernacular music, international music, theater, and dance, while coordinating over 100 residency events, including class visits, workshops, and public conversations with over 40 campus partners annually.


All regular and non-regular rank Duke faculty, including graduate instructors, are eligible to apply. We welcome proposals from those working in all departments and units across Trinity College of Arts & Sciences, Pratt School of Engineering, and Duke’s graduate and professional schools, and affiliated institutes. Courses should be offered during the 2022/23 academic year.

Grant support will be awarded for:

All grant recipients will submit a brief closing reflection (500 words maximum) detailing their experience teaching the course and the extent to which desired learning outcomes were achieved.


Proposals for Duke Performances awards should be submitted electronically to Brian Valentyn ( and should include as a single pdf document:

**Applicants who wish to be considered for the joint Duke Performances / LAMP award should submit their materials to both Brian Valentyn ( and Kristen Neuschel (, Director, Language, Arts, and Media Program. Please note that proposals for the joint award must address at least one of the following LAMP goals as well as the Duke Performances goals articulated above. LAMP goals include:


Applications will be evaluated according the following criteria:

Preference will be given to those instructors who have not previously received a curriculum enrichment award from Duke Performances.

Additional information on previous awardees can be found HERE.