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U of M announces 2012 Imagine Fund Annual Award and Special Events winners

More than 150 faculty members receive more than $800,000 to support arts, design and humanities systemwide

January 23, 2012

The University of Minnesota has chosen the more than 150 recipients of its 2012 Imagine Fund Annual Awards and Special Events Grants. 

Supported by a grant from the McKnight Foundation, the Imagine Fund is a unique systemwide program that supports projects in the arts, humanities and design at the University of Minnesota.

“These disciplines at the University of Minnesota advance rigorous ways of thinking about the changing world, and on behalf of the entire Imagine Fund committee, I want to thank all of the applicants, as well as the university and outgoing Provost Tom Sullivan, for their steadfast commitment to the arts, humanities and design,” said professor Renee Cheng, chair of the U of M Imagine Fund Awards Committee and head of the School of Architecture. “The work these awards and grants fund will go a long way toward advancing critical, creative thinking and scholarship.”

The Imagine Fund annual awards support a variety of faculty activities, ranging from the development of unique teaching materials to new research directions for established scholars, creative works and performances. Imagine funded Special Events often connect the U to its larger community, promoting discussion on difficult topics such as migration and culture or hosting public events that add vibrancy to communities across Minnesota.

More information on the Imagine Fund can be found online here: A complete listing of the 2012 Annual Award winners and Special Events Grant recipients, is available at and respectively.

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