about the fellowship.
Engaging Artists is More Art’s fellowship program for NYC-based artists seeking to both develop and sustain their socially-engaged public art practice in collaboration with advocacy organizations, schools, coalitions, unions, groups of neighbors, and the public at large. We also highly encourage applications from artists whose work is studio-based, participatory, or follow traditions of interventionism but has not thus far involved partnerships, community organizing, and pedagogy, and would like to work towards integrating those types of approaches into their practice.
The Fellowship is best suited to those looking to use the space of the program to develop a new project, a current project in its early stages, or a new phase of an existing project. The Fellowship is designed to support a cohort working on developing works from the research phase to public presentation. Along with professional development, mentorship, community engagement, and peer networking programs, fellows have the opportunity to apply for project support and funding for research, workshops, and staging public works.
the ‘artists-in-residence’ model.
Art and artists play an integral role in empowering social justice movements by creatively illuminating social issues, engaging new audiences in activism, and catalyzing new public discourse from diverse perspectives. Each fellow is required to spend at least 100 hours at partnering organizations and immersed contexts over the first 6 months of the program, situating their status as artists-in-residence, while at times getting hands-on with the day-to-day work of social activism which may not directly involve the arts. Artists will have the opportunity to propose their own art-based project, if they so choose
Each year 2-4 project proposals are selected by a guest panel of artists and leaders in the arts. Two categories of project support are granted to aide individual fellows and collectives in varying stages of developing rigorous public art and community-based projects. Up to $1000 is awarded for selected projects that could use support while developing community collaborations, researching, building participation, and fine-tuning workshop design. Up to $4000 is awarded for selected projects gearing up to stage a culminating exhibition in public space, event, series, collaboration, or engagement, within the year.
In addition to funding, awardees also receive project development consultation from More Art Staff, commissioned artists, and advisory network, as well as outreach support and access to Materials for the Arts, and off-site event space at partnering venues.
2019 project support.
C.U.R.B. Banquet #1, February 2019.
Public Art — $4000
The Collaborative Urban Resilience Banquet (C.U.R.B.) is an interdisciplinary social practice project that reconnects urbanites with our fragile (and oft displaced) food web as we face oncoming climate change. Through video storytelling, hands-on bioremediation experiments, and seasonally foraged community meals, Candace Thompson invites participants to personally and directly engage with the urban wilds while learning about/with/from the many diverse species currently surviving and thriving amidst our hot mess. It’s time to look to the more-than-human world as resilience role models, collaborating with them to create local, sustainable food economies for all. Perhaps we can still eat one another away from the brink of extinction. For more information on C.U.R.B. follow the project on Instagram.
Research & Development in Social Practice — $1000
En esta casa/ In this house is a transformative-justice organizing project that is interested in creating spaces to address and transform violence within organizing communities in Queens. The project will specifically focus on addressing sexual violence that occurs in organizing spaces, as well as community accountability as a transformative justice process and response to sexual violence. Through the creation of a practice space, as well as political education and skill building, the project hopes to create a cultural shift on a local level where communities are able to collectively envision and build transformative justice. For more information on Garrido, visit rogarrido.com
Bryan Rodriguez Cambana, Waiting for the session to begin, 2017-2018
Vanessa Teran Collantes, Runa Ñawi (Runa Eye), 2017-2018
Bridget Bartolini & Priscilla Stadler, Almost Home, 2015-2016
Soi Park, Funeral Portrait Service, 2015-2016
Ligaiya Romero, 2016-2017
Jonathan Gardenhire, 2016-2017
Hidemi Takagi, Hello, It’s Me, 2015-2016
Sue Jeong Ka, ID Shop, 2014-2015
CAAAV – Chinatown Art Brigade
Eviction Intervention Services
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality
GOLES – Good Old Lower East Side
New York Cares
Queens Neighborhoods United
Christina Sukhgian Houle
Sue jeong Ka
Anthony Heinz May
Jamie Marie Rose Grove
Julia A. Rooney
Chee Wang Ng
Uday K. Dhar
Emily Chow Bluck
Camila Ruiz Diaz
Workers Art Coalition
Ahmed Tijay Mohammed
Vanessa Teran Collantes
2019 Engaging Artists: New Works in Practice Exhibition at HERE
Engaging Artists: New Works in Practice exhibition was on view at HERE, January-February 2019, featuring recent work by artists who participated in More Art’s 2017-18 Engaging Artists Fellowship.
2017 Exhibition at Flux Factory
Building Stories was an exhibition of recent work by Engaging Artists was shown at Flux Factory during October 2017.
The 2016 Engaging Artists residency program focuses on issues of housing inequality in New York City. The goal of the 4 month residency is to prepare artists for long-term activist work with housing advocacy organizations, homeless services, and/or anti-displacement efforts in their respective communities.
The Engaging Artists exhibition features the work of 8 NYC-based first generation and foreign born artists.
In 2015, the residency program was open exclusively to foreign-born and first generation American artists. Throughout the summer, the cohort of 14 artists volunteered and created arts and activism projects in collaboration with in partnership with nursing homes, hospitals, and, community centers—providing both multilingual, one-on-one cultural and social services to more than 150 elderly immigrants in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
In 2014, the program focused on homelessness and 15 artists were selected to volunteer in homeless shelters at partnering organizations all across the city. It is estimated that 3000 New Yorkers were served during the run of the program.