The Mitchell Center serves as an engine for the development of innovative, interdisciplinary art projects on the University Campus. Mitchell Center member units, the School of Art, Blaffer Art Museum, Creative Writing Program, Moores School of Music, and the School of Theatre and Dance are eligible for annual grants for innovative new projects.

Innovation Grants are awarded to member departments each fall for the following year’s programming. Projects are selected by peer review panel on the basis of their capacity to be transformational for their home department(s).

Innovation Grants awarded for the 2017-2018 academic year are BAM Speaker Series: Future Past, Beneath the Skin: A Living Museum Installation, Devices for Defense + Protection, Horse Dream Horse, Reguarding Room, Text Neck, and Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context.

Innovation Grants awarded for the 2016-2017 academic year are Embodied Thinking. Painting Across and Beyond Disciplines, Til Now: Contemporary Art in Context, Animal Farm, Balance and Flow, and Memory Web.

Innovation Grants awarded for the 2015-2016 academic year are Time/Image, The Unsung Masters Series, and Till Now: Contemporary Art in Context.

Innovation Grants awarded for the 2014-2015 academic year are Ligatures: Artists and Authors in Conversation; Janet Biggs Residency and Exhibition; Sunset at Allen’s Landing  Xwave Soundart Festival  Early Awnings: New Work by Henning Bohl and Sergei Tcherepnin; Visiting Artist and Scholar Series; On Screen: A Film and Video Series; and Plasticity: An Interdisciplinary Symposium.

Innovation Grants awarded for the 2013-14 academic year are Antena at BlafferArt Lies in Gulf CoastBodas de Sangre/A Blood WeddingNapoleon and the Battle of Nations,  On Screen: A Film and Video Series, Shifting SpacesSpit My Story, Re(cycle): Pedal Power Pop Up, Theaster Gates with FEAST: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Visiting Artist and Scholar Series with Blaffer Art Museum, and an Artist Residency with Raqs Media Collective.

Innovation Grants awarded for the 2012-13 academic year are Graphic Novel Workshop, Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, and Materiality, 

Innovation Grants are funded in part by a grant from Houston Endowment, Inc.