Student Initiative Programming Fund

Each semester, the Davis seeks applications for student-designed programs that engage the campus community, utilizing the Museum’s collections and exhibitions.  All Wellesley College students are eligible to apply for up to $500 in funding per semester on a rolling basis.

The recipients of the 2014-15 award were Sharon Liu ‘17, Ningyi Xi ‘17, and Charlotte Yu ‘17 for the Bark and Metal gallery talk series exploring the relationship between campus public sculpture and the surrounding landscape, a collaborative project with the Wellesley College Botanistas.

Bark and Metal tours were developed by four students (Sharon Liu ’17, Virginia White ’17, Ningyi Xi ’17, Charlotte Yu ’17) to provide opportunities for the Wellesley community to discover more about the ecosystems and outdoor art they pass by every day through a series of talks on the sculptures and nearby natural environments. Using docent materials developed by the students, the Davis Museum, Botanic Gardens, and Paulson Ecology of Place Initiative have continued to provide "Bark and Metal" student training opportunities to continue these interactive talks at events such as Sustainability Day, Parents' Weekend, and Davis Summer Staff Series.

Generously supported by the Wellesley College Friends of Art Student Initiative Programming Fund.

Successful applications will feature programs that:

  • Increase student exposure to art at the Davis, including the permanent collections and/or special exhibitions.

  • Encourage critical thinking and campus dialogue

  • Include a student-driven promotions strategy

  • Are feasible for Davis operations, taking into consideration open hours, collections care and management, security, safety, and space restrictions

  • Are free of charge and open to the entire student body

To Apply

  1. Complete the included application form

  2. Attach a program abstract (max 500 words) that addresses the following:

    • Program goals

    • Overview of the event/activity/program and its connection to the Davis

    • Benefits to the campus community

    • Connections to other organizations/departments/series on campus

    • Promotions strategy

For questions or to submit your application, please contact Semente at or call 781.283.3045.