The Creative and Performing Arts (CaPA) Scholar Program provides up to $7,500 over four years to allow students with a record of achievement in the arts to pursue their interests and develop their talents through special projects, internships, research, study abroad, and other activities. Incoming first-year and transfer students are eligible.
With a variety of backgrounds in the arts and many different majors at Lafayette, CaPA Scholars Program form a creative community on campus. They meet regularly as a group and one-on-one with faculty advisers to discuss their work and the arts in general. They have private sessions and workshops with professional artists, performers, and writers, such as opera singer Thomas Lawlor, novelist Sam Lipsyte, and painter Terry Winters. They help organize arts-related events and activities on campus and travel to New York City and other cultural centers to attend performances and visit galleries and museums.
The program’s founding coordinator is Jim Toia, director of the Community-Based Teaching program in the Art Department. He works closely with fellowship recipients, providing consultation and guidance for their creative endeavors.