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Performance Engagement Educational Residencies (PEERs)


The SMTD Youth and Adult Programs office is excited to announce a new program being launched this year called Performance Engagement Educational Residencies, or PEERs for short. With support from the office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, PEERs provides mentorship and mini grants of up to $1,000 to music, theatre and dance students to help create educational performance residencies in underserved communities around Southeast Michigan. Whether students are working with children in Flint, communities in Detroit, veterans, foster care centers, residents in senior centers or in hospitals, prisoners or runaway teens, they will have the opportunity to discover and engage in new peer relationships with people all across Southeast Michigan and see the impact their art forms can have on others, as well as learn from community members.

Would you like to become a PEERs Community Partner?


PEERs provides guidance to individual students, groups, and student organizations who are interested in working with underserved communities, whether this is their first time or not. In cases where students have a concept for a project but do not have a partnering community, PEERs will help pair them with a community. Non-SMTD students may participate in a PEERs funded project, but the primary member must be a currently enrolled SMTD student. Throughout the entire length of any given project, students will receive support and guidance from the PEERs office.

Once a semester, all SMTD students and potential group members are welcome to attend a Mutually Beneficial workshop, led by the Ginsberg Center on campus. This is a great session to attend if you are thinking about working with an underserved community for the first time or gain more general insight on working with underserved communities.

Mutually Beneficial Workshop Fall 2017: September 19th, 6:30PM, Watkins Lecture Hall SMTD

Participants from all accepted projects will attend an E3 meeting 2-3 weeks following the application due date. E3 stands for Entering, Engaging and Exiting a community. In a workshop hosted by the Ginsberg Center on campus, you will learn how work to with your specific community in a respectful and thoughtful manner.


PEERs provides mini grants of up to $1,000 for SMTD students to support individual or team projects that have significant community impact. In exceptional cases, proposals may be awarded up to $1,500. Funding for a PEERs project helps to eliminate all costs for students. Funding may go towards travel, supplies, hosting, personnel and any other materials needed to support the project. Students are expected to request the amount that is desired for their project, and does not need to equal $1,000. We also ask that students submit a budget proposal for the entire project including all other income sources. All budget submissions should show a balanced ratio of expenses to income.

Students may apply for funding with a community partner in mind or not.


2017/2018 Funding Cycles and Deadlines

Round 1: deadline is October 6, 2017 / notification date: October 20, 2017
Round 2: new deadline is November 27, 2017 / notification date: December 8, 2017
Round 3: deadline is January 19, 2018 / notification date: February 2, 2018
Round 4: deadline is March 9, 2018 / notification date: March 23, 2018 (pending available funds)

PEERs will not consider Round 2 applications until after Round 1 is completed. Likewise, if all funds are exhausted through Rounds 1-3, PEERs may cancel round 4.

How to Apply

Please complete the following Application Form

The application includes:

  • Basic information of participants
  • Project Outline - upload a document addressing the following:
    • The goal of the project
    • The impact you hope your project will make on a community.
    • If you already have a community partner: community partner's name, location, and what categorizes them as underserved.
    • If you do not have a community partner, please tell us the type of community with whom you would like to work. Please also give a general idea of the days of the week and times during the day that would work for your entire group. (ex: M/W/Th from 3-6PM.)
    • Timeline for your project (number of performances, number of visits)
  • Budget
  • Faculty Approval

Upcoming Events

To be announced

Contact Us

PEERs Student Project Coordinator

Rikki Morrow-Spitzer,

PEERs Community Partner Laison

Robin Myrick,



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