What is Engaging Artists?
Engaging Artists is a residency program for artists seeking to develop their socially-engaged practice through volunteer opportunities with community organizations. The thematic focus of the program changes annually.
Engaging Artists is premised on the belief that volunteering is a direct social action that provides artists with the opportunity to develop long-term socially-engaged art projects that make a positive impact within their communities.
Engaging Artists 2016:
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.
EMILY CHOW BLUCK
2016 Partner Organizations:
Bridge Street Development Corp.
CAAAV – Chinatown Tenants Union
Eviction Intervention Services
FUREE – Families United for Racial and Economic Equality
GOLES – Good Old Lower East Side
Movement for Justice en El Barrio
New York Cares
Picture the Homeless
Queens Neighborhoods United
United States Department for Arts and Culture (USDAC)
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.