IU was awarded a $1 million grant by the Andrew Mellon W. Foundation to support research in the arts and humanities focused on Indiana studies and global popular music, according to an IU press release.
The Office of the Provost and the Office of the Vice Provost for Research will match the grant, contributing another $1 million.
Money from the grant and the University's contributions will go to create a lab focused on researching contemporary arts and humanities. This lab will be called Platform.
Jonathan Elmer and Ed Comentale, both professors of English at IU, will be the principal investigators for the grant.
In the IU press release, Comentale said the research will involve community members from Bloomington.
"These scholarly projects will be conceived with an eye to community engagement and development," Comentale said. "Rigorous knowledge production will inform collaborative activities that affirm the public value of the arts and humanities."