about the program.
ENGAGING ARTISTS (EA) is More Art’s 2-tiered, Fellowship and Residency program for artists seeking to both develop and sustain their public art and socially-engaged practice. The program curriculum encompasses a professional development series, public art commission opportunities, mentorship, and peer networking. The EA Curriculum is valued at $25,000 per participant.
The twelve-month Fellowship provides an infrastructure and laboratory for NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the field of public art, incubate and develop their early-stage research and project, collaborate with communities in shaping society, and build sustainable careers.
The nine-month Residency provides an opportunity for NYC-based early career and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history of the field of public art, and is focused on the incubation and commissioning of a public art project. The Residency carries a $8000 award to realize the project.
Applications for the 2020 season have now closed.
Applications for the Fellowship and Residency are accepted once annually. Please check back in October 2020 for the next open call announcement.
On December 14, 2020, More Art will present SMORGASBOARD, a series of workshops, performances, and presentations led by the 2018-19 cohort of Engaging Artists fellows, including Ro Garrido, Nola Hanson, Zaq Landsberg, Manuel Molina Martagon, Julian Louis Phillips, Philip Santos Schaffer, and Candace Thompson.
SMORGASBOARD will provide a sampling of the projects EA fellows have been incubating through the program for the past year, addressing a wide range of topics including: empathy through interactive performance; boxing as a pedagogical practice for trans youth; transformative-justice organizing; displacement in Bedford-Stuyvesant; food as a vehicle for conversation; urban foraging and the climate crisis; and biodegradable public sculptures commemorating the environmental disaster that is Newtown Creek.
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.