Engaging Artists Fellowship

More Art’s year-long Engaging Artists Fellowship is designed to help emerging NYC artists and community organizers develop and sustain a socially engaged and public art practice.

The Fellowship program curriculum includes mentorship, peer feedback, community building, workshops and artist talks tailored to the interests/needs of the cohort, and access to programming opportunities in New York City.

The infrastructure and laboratory provided by More Art allow selected emerging and underrepresented artists to gain a deeper understanding of the history and vitality of public and socially engaged art. This fellowship encourages artists to not only expand and to develop their social practice but also to promote use of socially engaged art as a tool for change.

EA Fellows will finish with a culminating presentation at the end of the fellowship year. Many fellowship projects become multi-year initiatives, and, as such, the culminating presentation is not a conclusion of the fellows’ work but rather an opportunity to highlight their budding creative practice and project journey.

The call for Fellowship applications opens annually in March with a deadline in May. 


Program + Application

Timeline + selection information

April 1, 2024: Application opens.

May 10, 2024 by 11:59 EST: Applications due. *Note, this year there will be no extension.

June 2024: Shortlisted candidates will receive interviews.

July 2024: Selected Fellows will be notified.


August 2024: Fellowship year begins.

July 2025: Fellowship year ends.

What to Expect

The program is a hybrid model, including some in-person events and some virtual.

Each Fellow will receive monthly 1-to-1 individualized mentorship sessions with More Art staff. Additionally, the Fellowship Leader will facilitate monthly generative workshops, discussions, and collaborative feedback sessions, tailored to the practices and needs of the cohort. The program will culminate in culminating presentations by each Fellow, public or otherwise, of or about work developed over the course of the program. At the end of the year, Fellows can expect to receive a small stipend of at least $250 each (each member of a collective will receive a stipend) to be used for expenses related to their practice. Fellows can also expect to spend 15 hours per month on average on More Art-related work.

Some topics covered in previous workshops include:

  • History of Public Art
  • Education for and history of Socially Engaged Art (SEA)
  • Step-by-step Guide to Creating Socially Engaged Public Art
  • Equitable practices and ethics to consider for SEA
  • Grants & Funding for SEA
Who can apply?

The Engaging Artists Fellowship offers insights and strategies to collaborate with communities, rebuild and shape our society, and build sustainable careers. More Art welcomes applications from NYC artists of all disciplines, including but not limited to: visual artists, performers, choreographers, designers, and new media artists. Currently enrolled undergraduate students may not apply. Collective applications are welcome. An interest in socially engaged practice is crucial.

The Fellowship is a program for incubation, experimentation, collaboration, and implementation stages of early socially engaged public art projects. We understand and encourage artists who see the combination of socially engaged work and creative practice as a long-term commitment no matter how much of a body of work they’ve generated previously.

  • Interest in More Art’s work and eagerness to learn (no prior experience in public art or socially engaged art necessary!)
  • Willingness to present, support, and attend work produced in community and public settings, as opposed to galleries and museums
  • Strong commitment to More Art’s values, including but not limited to social justice and public engagement, inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and collaboration
  • Commitment to intersectional thinking and artmaking
  • Willingness to act with care and respect toward all collaborators, including More Art staff, other Fellows, and community members
  • Eagerness to contribute to a nurturing environment with and for Fellows
    Interest in establishing and/or sustaining partnerships with community-based organizations, advocacy groups, agencies, neighborhoods, places, individuals and/or groups of New Yorkers
  • Belief that art and artists are integral to empowering social justice movements by creatively illuminating social issues, engaging new audiences in activism, and catalyzing public discourse
  • Over 18 years of age
  • Not enrolled in a degree program during the time of the Fellowship
  • NYC-based during the time of Fellowship
  • We ask that Fellows not commit to more than 2 other residencies and/or fellowships during their Fellowship year with More Art to avoid scheduling conflicts and over-commitment
Fellowship output + expectations

Over the course of the Fellowship year, Fellows are expected to:

  • Develop a Theory (or theories!) of Change, with help from the Fellowship Leader
  • Develop a set of individualized goals for the Fellowship year
  • Develop a culminating presentation (public, or otherwise), with assistance from More Art staff, of or about the work you’ve developed during the More Art Fellowship
  • Attend monthly 1-to-1 individualized mentorship meetings with More Art staff
  • Attend monthly in-person and virtual workshops/artist talks
Have a question? Contact us

Please email madison@moreart.org with any questions about the Fellowship program or application process by May 1st and we will respond as soon as possible!

Alumni Engaging Artist Fellows

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Nava Derakhshani
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Mei Ling Yu
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Danielle Cowan
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Carrie Sijia Wang
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ayo ohs
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Maya Simone Z.
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Tanika Williams
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Yeseul Song
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Bel Falleiros
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Amy Ritter
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Sean Desiree
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Amy Wetsch
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Andrew Freiband
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Chantal Feitosa
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Freya Powell
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Hyperlink Press
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Hanae Utamura
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Yemisi “Juliana” Luna
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Mafe Izaguirre
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Luisa Valderrama
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Cody Herrmann
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Bryanna Bradley
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Amy Khoshbin
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Althea Rao
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Nolan Hanson
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Philip Santos Schaffer
I create theatre because I am always looking for an antidote to loneliness. I believe that everyone is lonely. I make performances in which the audience is empowered to interact as a means of creating temporary communities in which strangers are, briefly, asked to take care of each other.
Judith Rubenstein
Holland Cotter, New York Times art critic, wrote once that current political art does not address power, but shows how it works. A great deal of my artwork shows the sad workings of my society’s power.
Julian Louis Phillips
Julian Louis Phillips is a multidisciplinary artist working with performance, sculpture, video, and participatory practices.
Manuel Molina Martagon
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Zaq Landsberg
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Ro Garrido
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Candace Thompson
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Floor Grootenhuis
Floor Grootenhuis is a Dutch/Kenyan artist whose contemporary art practice is conceptual and socially engaging, collaborative and gives new value to the ‘everyday’.
Ahmed Tijay Mohammed
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Adam Golub
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Noé Gaytán
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Melissa Liu
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Workers Art Coalition
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Álvaro Franco
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Tiffany Fung
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Camila Ruiz Diaz
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Edward Salas
Edward Salas (b. 1990, Queens, New York) Is an artist and educator whose work explores ideas of representation and identity as a Latinx in the United States.
Richard Tran
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Vanessa Teran Collantes
Vanessa is a multimedia artist from Ecuador.
Bryan Rodriguez Cambana
Born in Callao, Peru, Bryan Rodriguez Cambana is an interdisciplinary artist, curator, and educator living and working in New York City.
Cynthia Tobar
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Aldo Soligno
Aldo’s sophisticated eye for minimal landscapes and his almost flemish-peinture approach to portraiture make an unexpected contrast with the committed themes he chooses to represent.
Ethan Shoshan
Ethan Shoshan is an artist, community activist, and non-profit computer a/v technical consultant committed to building communities and support around social justice, art and activism.
Arya Samuelson
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Ilaria Ortensi
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Aneeta Mitha
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Alexander Dwinell
Dani Delade
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Emily Chow Bluck
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Jonathan Gardenhire
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Ligaiya Romero
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Priscilla Stadler
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Bridget Bartolini
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Soi Park
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Uday K. Dhar
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Trokon Nagbe
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Sara Meghdari
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Chee Wang Ng
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Andrew Nemr
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Michelle Melo
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Guido Garaycochea
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Eugenia Malioykova
Christie Neptune
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Aurélien Grèzes
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Annie Kurz
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Alon Nechushtan
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Hidemi Takagi
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Julia A. Rooney
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Jamie Marie Rose Grove
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Anthony Heinz May
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Travis Fairclough
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Sue Jeong Ka
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Dato Mio
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Flávia Berindoague
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Kate Weigel
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David Wallace
Emily Miller
Anne Peabody
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Christina Sukhgian Houle
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Corinne Cappelletti
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Anna Adler
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