Artists Beyond the Desk

ABD is a subcommittee of the Working Group on Support Staff Issues (WGSSI), and is funded in part by WGSSI, the Council for the Arts at MIT and MIT Human Resources.

Grant recipient BioLogic. Image © 2012 Tangible Media Group and MIT Media Lab. Photo Credit: Rob Chron.

CAMIT Grants

The Council for the Arts at MIT (CAMIT) encourages MIT students, faculty and staff to apply for grants to support arts projects in all disciplines that offer the MIT community opportunities to create, participate in and learn about the arts. A grants committee, composed of CAMIT members, evaluates these competitive applications and recommends funding. There are two funding cycles each year, and all deadlines are announced in September.


Two funding cycles per year

How to Apply

MIT faculty members are invited to submit proposals to bring visiting artists to MIT. (Image: Visiting Artist Vik Muniz with PhD candidate Marcelo Coelho. Credit L. Barry Hetherington.)

CAST Public Arts Programs

The MIT Center for Art, Science & Technology invites MIT staff to attend public programming affiliated with the Visiting Artist Program and the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts at MIT, including artist lectures, film screenings, workshops, exhibitions and performances.

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ICA Boston. Image courtesy of the Boston Globe

Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA).

The Council for the Arts at MIT supports MIT’s memberships at many Boston area cultural organizations, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston (ICA).

A limited number of day passes are available for MIT staff on a first come, first served basis, as supplies last. Unfortunately, there are no passes remaining for academic year 2018-19.

More information about the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

The Courtyard of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Photograph by Siena Scarff, Courtesy Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (ISGM)

The Council for the Arts at MIT provides free general admission to the Gardner Museum for MIT students, faculty and staff. This partnership also includes free tickets to lectures, discounts on guided gallery tours and $10 off Individual and Friend-level membership for faculty and staff.

Please present your MIT ID at the Gardner admissions desk to receive your ticket. Free admission to Third Thursday events is also included in this program.

More information about the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

SAA, Intro to Oil Painting. Credit: Nicole Tariverdian.

MIT Student Art Association (SAA)

The Student Art Association (SAA) provides extra-academic, hands-on instruction and studio experience in the arts for all levels in a range of media.

Though priority registration is given to MIT undergraduate and graduate students, MIT staff are invited to enroll for a semester-long class to develop or refine artistic skills in an open and relaxed studio environment.