Engaging Artists positions volunteering and grassroots organizing as direct social actions that provide artists with the opportunity to develop long-term socially-engaged art projects that make a positive impact within their communities.


Engaging Artists is a fellowship program for artists seeking to develop their socially-engaged practice through opportunities and partnerships with advocacy and social service organizations, coalitions, unions, and groups of neighbors throughout the five boroughs. The thematic focus of the program changes annually. The 2017 fellowship is an artist-in-residence program for emerging NYC-based artists interested in addressing the intersecting issues of labor, immigration, globalization, and economic justice. Past fellowships has focused on homelessness, and housing justice and the intersection of aging and immigration.

2017 fellows.


Álvaro Franco

Tiffany Fung

Noé Gaytan

Adam Golub

Floor Grootenhuis

Melissa Liu

Tijay Mohammed

Bryan Rodriguez Cambana

Camila Ruiz Diaz

Edward Salas

Vanessa Teran Collantes

Richard Tran

Workers Art Coalition

2017 program calendar.

Thursday, May 11
Building Partnerships with Organizations

Thursday, May 18
Cohort meeting

Thursday, May 25
After the Fellowship: “Almost Home/Casi Llegando A Casa”
with EA alumnas Bridget Bartolini and Priscilla Stadler

Thursday, June 1
ReMemories of Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: A creative history of workers rights
with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani and Laura Liu.

Thursday, June 8
Materializing Alternative Economies as Creative Practice
with Fran Ilich & Gabriela Ceja

Saturday, June 10
Community Organizing 101 with Citizens Committee for NYC

Thursday, June 22
Apps for Power: Anti-Wage Theft App
with Sol Aramendi

Monday, August 7
Exchange with NYFA Immigrant Artist Program

Saturday, September 30
Curatorial Review

the ‘artists-in-residence’ model.

The Fellowship is premised on the belief that 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 about advocacy missions from diverse perspectives. Each fellow will be required to volunteer at least 30 hours at partnering organizations over the course of the 4 month program, situating their status as artists-in-residence at the organization, while getting hands-on with the day-to-day work of activism and social services, which may not directly involve the arts. Artists will also have the chance to propose their own volunteer art-based project, if they so choose

funding opportunities.

The fellowship culminates in a curated exhibition and an opportunity to apply for More Art’s juried project support for ‘Public Art’ and ‘Research in Social Practice’ that enables recipients to expand upon a collaborative project conceived during the fellowship.

Research in Social Practice (up to $1000) This prize category is ideal for independent fellows or collectives who are still in the early stages of an art and social engagement project that could use support while developing or deepening community collaborations, researching, and workshopping.

Public & Community-based Art (up to $4000) This prize is ideal for independent fellows or collectives looking to stage a culminating exhibition or presentation of the project, event, collaboration, or engagement. Proposals must take place in a public space (broadly defined to encompass outdoor venues such as parks and the street or indoor locations such as libraries, schools, community centers, etc.) and/or in a site that is relevant to the topic explored and accessible to a defined community and/or the public at large. Proposals can be part of a larger project, or series, and seek additional support.

group exhibition.

Building Stories was an exhibition of recent work by Engaging Artists was shown at Flux Factory during October 2017.

project support.

Public & Community-based Art


Bridget Bartolini and Priscilla Stadler – “Almost Home/Casi Llegando A Casa

Soi Park – “Funeral Portrait Service”

Research in Social Practice


Ligaiya Romero
Jonathan Gardenhire

Hidemi Takagi – “Hello, It’s Me”

Sue Jeong Ka – “ID Shop”

community partners.

CAAAV – Chinatown Art Brigade
Eviction Intervention Services
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality
GOLES – Good Old Lower East Side
Hudson Guild

Neighbors Together
New York Cares
Queens Neighborhoods United

past fellowships.

2016 Engaging Artists: Housing Justice

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.

2015 Engaging Artists Exhibition at Queen Museum

The Engaging Artists exhibition features the work of 8 NYC-based first generation and foreign born artists.

2015 Engaging Artists: Aging + Immigration

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.

2014 Engaging Artists: Homelessness

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.