Engaging Artists is premised on the belief that volunteering and grassroots organizing are 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 volunteer 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.
Vanessa Teran Collantes
Workers Art Coalition
Camila Ruiz Diaz
Thursday, May 11
Building Partnerships with Organizations
Thursday, May 18
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 workshop 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, August 19
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.
group exhibition and prize opportunities.
Engaging Artists culminates in a curated exhibition and an opportunity to apply for More Art’s juried ‘Prize for Public Art’ and ‘Prize for Research in Social Practice’ that enables recipients to expand upon a collaborative project conceived during the fellowship.
Prize in 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.
Prize in Public and Community Arts (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.
This year (2016-2017) the Prize for Public Art goes to Bridget Bartolini and Priscilla Stadler who will stage “Almost Home/Casi Llegando A Casa“ a series of storytelling and participatory installations in Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst, Queens with partner organization Queens Neighborhood United.
Research prizes went to Ligaiya Romero to stage a performative parade in Brooklyn, and to Jonathan Gardenhire for a public photography and archive initiative in partnership with residents of NYCHA Smith Houses in the Lower East Side, Manhattan.
2016-2017 community partners.
CAAAV – Chinatown Art Brigage
Eviction Intervention Services
Families United for Racial and Economic Equality
GOLES – Good Old Lower East Side
Movement for Justice en El Barrio
New York Cares
Queens Neighborhoods United
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.