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Special Project Funding

The Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts—Duke Arts is pleased to provide limited funding to arts project residencies and gallery exhibitions in the Rubenstein Arts Center on a case-by-case basis.

Please note, this funding cannot be applied to any of the following costs:

  • Artist or guest speaker fees, stipends or honorariums.
  • Insurance for art. If you require insurance for the exhibit you are proposing, please make it known as soon as possible so that we may discuss options.
  • Commissions or other similar art creation fees.
  • Reception catering (food, drink, cups, napkins, etc.) and special reception needs.
  • Special A/V equipment will need to be provided by the project leader/team.

The following costs will be covered by the Rubenstein Arts Center, and will not be charged to your project funding:

  • Standard hardware including hooks, screws, brackets, etc. Project teams are not responsible for installation tools. Installations will be supervised by the gallery staff but exhibitors will be expected to assist or lead in the installation as needed. Special hardware will be considered depending on if it can be used for future projects.
    Lighting. Special lighting requests will be considered but will need to be reviewed at the time the exhibit is proposed.
  • Standard A/V equipment.
  • Reception Inventory. This includes: 6’ tables, linens (2 black table cloths for 6’ tables), 2 ice buckets, 1 large cooler, chairs.
  • Promotional assistance. Arts center projects typically do not receive promotional support beyond a website listing, slides on the Ruby digital screens, a 11×17” on-site poster, and a feature story on the Ruby and/or Duke Arts website. If you require further promotional support, please notify staff as soon as possible.
  • Documentation. Ruby staff make every effort to photograph arts project residencies as they unfold, and these photos will be shared with you and likely published on the Ruby/and or Duke Arts website or social media.

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