Professor Courtney Mauldin Among Syracuse Faculty Awarded Creative NYSCA Grants

Syracuse University School of Education Professor Courtney Mauldin is among faculty members who have received either individual artist grants or an Organization Support Grant from the New York State Council on the Arts (NYSCA) to support creative projects.

Courtney Mauldin stands with books in handThis is a record-setting achievement for Syracuse University, since it marks the second year in a row that five faculty have received the highly competitive NYSCA awards, says Sarah Workman, Associate Director of Research Development (Humanities) in the SU Office of Research and College of Arts and Sciences.

Duncan Brown, Vice President for Research, says the grants represent “an investment in the vibrant and diverse artistic voices of our faculty.”

“The breadth of this year’s awardees reflects our continued excellence in engaged scholarship in the arts, both by scholars working independently and by those working in unique collaborations—from the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Architecture, the College of Visual and Performing Arts (VPA), and the School of Education,” Brown says …

… The $40,000 Organizational Support grant was awarded to Rochele Royster, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy at VPA (as Principal Investigator), and Courtney Mauldin, Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership

in the School of Education (as Co-principal Investigator). The grant is for their research work and curriculum development project, “This Woman’s Work: Elevating Black Women Voices in CNY Through Visual Storytelling, Freedom Makerspaces, and Community Arts.”

They plan to unearth historical and present-day stories regarding abolition, health disparities, and anti-Black violence and connect a cohort of oral historians with local artists to create an interactive arts exhibition. They will also co-create open art studio/makerspaces, host intergenerational storytelling workshops, and create curricula for public schools and libraries to chronicle the narratives, history, and artwork to create a more complete picture of local history through the lived experiences of Black women.

At Point of Contact, the award will support the organization’s annual programs in literacy and visual arts and its work as a forum for community collaboration and open dialogue, says Tere Paniagua, Executive Director, Cultural Engagement for the Hispanic Community.

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NYSCA Grants Awarded to 5 Faculty, 2 Organizations