A Blade of Grass (NY), National Call for Applicants: 2018 Fellowships for Individual Artists and Collectives, Socially Engaged Art

ABOGA Blade of Grass (NY), National Call for Applicants: 2018 Fellowships for Individual Artists and Collectives, Socially Engaged Art

Deadline for submissions for the Initial Letter of Interest: September 18th, 2017, 11:59pm EST

From their call: We are looking at the process and relationships of socially engaged art projects.

We see the aesthetic qualities of socially engaged art here—in how alliances are formed and maintained, the way disparate stakeholder groups are coordinated, how power dynamics are navigated, and how bridges are built between many different types of people in a socially engaged art project.

We create content that illuminates and deepens understanding of these relationships. A primary goal of ABOG is to make the “invisible” parts of socially engaged art visible. We do this through documentary films and field research that are artist-led, and are grounded in the perspective of project participants, as well as publications, web content, and public programming.

We also use this focus on process and relationships to advocate for a more expanded sense of what art is, how artists can work in communities, and how art might be integrated into everyday life. Our field research, documentary films, and other content serve as the basis for curriculum, toolkits, and consulting that enable more artists to work in partnership with non-artist stakeholders.

Artists receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support.

Eligibility requirements for the ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art:

  • Artists or artist collectives working independently of a 501c3 nonprofit are eligible. If you are working under a registered 501c3, you are not eligible to apply
  • If you are a collective, you must submit one application. Multiple applications for collectives are not permitted
  • Anyone registered as a student at the time of applying is not eligible
  • Applicants must be US citizens or US residents with legal work status
  • Applicants must be at least 25 years of age
  • You are not eligible if you have received an ABOG Fellowship as an individual or as part of an artist collective in the last 3 years

Website link: http://www.abladeofgrass.org/fellowship-program/

Note: This is a two-step application process. Semi-finalists from the first round will be invited to submit a full application with an extended narrative, budget, and a timeline.

About: A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art. They provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. They are located in New York City.

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