The Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives provides culturally relevant and transformative arts programming to promote positive social dialogue and to give cultural art forms a legitimate academic forum.


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What is First Wave?

First Wave is a full-tuition, four-year scholarship program for students that are seniors in high school or freshmen in college that are applying to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Am I eligible to apply to First Wave?

Minimum eligibility requirements to apply for and be considered for the First Wave Scholarship Program:

  • Current high school graduating senior or equivalent (GED or HSED) or freshman in college (NOT already attending UW-Madison)
  • Applied and admitted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison for Fall semester
  • U.S. Citizen, U.S. Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or international student that qualifies for a Student Visa

For more information for requirements and eligibility of the First Wave program, please visit here.

How can I apply to the Interdisciplinary Residency?

The The Interdisciplinary Arts Residency Program (IARP) for the 2022–2023 academic year will engage a partnership between the Division of the Arts (DotA) and the Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives (OMAI).


For more information on submitting a proposal for the IARP, please click here.

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