OPUS first implemented the New Mythos grants in 2009 with the intention to facilitate a positive movement toward the critical areas of social justice, the health of the environment and human relations as they are informed by the fields of depth psychology, mythology, and archetypal studies, particularly as they promote understanding of the importance of psyche in the world.
Contributing to OPUS Grants and Scholarships
Grants are offered by OPUS as as funds become available. If you are interested in contributing to an OPUS scholarship fund, please contact OPUS Administration at 805.969.5750 | Email.
The following are examples of one-time opportunities held in the past. These opportunities are not currently active. See Grants and Scholarships for current opportunities being offered through OPUS.
Past New Mythos Award Programs
2018 New Mythos Artists Grant: Out of the Mud & Ashes
OPUS congratulates the 2018 awardees from Ventura and Santa Barbara counties who will participate in the October 6, 2018 public performance at the Lobero Theatre. These creative voices, some with additional members in their group, will come together to express a new mythos for our time through music, dance, photography, poetry, and multimedia. See Events for more information about the program or to purchase tickets.
The information here is for information purposes only.
In the wake of the devastating Thomas Fire and resulting mudflows, we are in search of new ways to understand the patterns underlying the profound transformation we are experiencing among ourselves and our surroundings. This year, New Mythos grants are being offered by OPUS Archives and Research Center to bring together the creative voices of artists from Santa Barbara and Ventura counties for an evening of reflection, healing, and entertainment at the historic Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara. “Out of the Mud and Ashes” promises to evoke and inspire a new mythos to embrace our community.
How to Apply
Grant period is closed.
Download the New Mythos Guidelines and Application Instructions for 2018.
All application materials are due by June 15, 2018 (Extended from May 15).
If you have further questions after reading the Guidelines and Application Instructions, please contact OPUS Administration
805.969.5750 | New Mythos Email.
OPUS Archives and Research Center is a non-profit research center that houses the archives of Joseph Campbell, Marija Gimbutas, James Hillman, Jane and Joseph Wheelwright, Christine Downing, Marion Woodman, Adolf Guggenbühl-Craig, and Katie Sanford. In addition to safeguarding these important resources, OPUS works to foster ongoing research in the fields of depth psychology and mythological studies.
2013 New Mythos II Grant: James Hillman and Archetypal Psychology
Ipek Burnett – The Impossible Innocence: An Archetypal Inquiry into the American Psyche
Benjamin Gaddes – Less the Act: The Transgressive Erotics and Archetypal Dialectics of Child Sexual Abuse
Dr. Lucy Huskinson – Being Built: Re-Visioning Architectural Design and Urban Planning for Our Existential Needs
The cooking vessel of the soul takes in everything,
everything can become soul; and by taking into its imagination
any and all events, psychic space grows.
–James Hillman, Re-Visioning Psychology