Engaging Artists Fellowship 2017, New York City, USA

Publish Date: Mar 20, 2017

Deadline: Apr 05, 2017

About the fellowship 

The 2017 ENGAGING ARTISTS FELLOWSHIP is an artist in residence program for emerging New York City-based artists interested in addressing the intersecting issues of labor, immigration, globalization, and economic justice in their creative practice.

The goal of the 4 month fellowship is to prepare artists for long-term activist and socially-engaged work in partnership with advocacy and social service organizations, coalitions, unions, and groups of neighbors throughout the five boroughs. Ideal candidates must live in New York City and have an interest in or dedication to the interrogation of topics such as: value, wage, debt, livelihood and family life, workers rights, labor, and alternative economies as they relate to the fellow’s respective communities and the larger landscapes of migration, neoliberalism, and/or the economies of the contemporary art market(s).

Eligibility Requirements

MORE ART welcomes applications from visual and performing artists of all disciplines. For the 2017 Engaging Artists Fellowship we are strongly encouraging applications from artists who work in movement and performance based art, intermedia, interactive and participatory arts, educational theater, choreography, and writing for stage or public performance. Artists of all disciplines are eligible to apply.

We also strongly encourage applications from lifelong New York City residents; artists of color; recent immigrants; individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds; those who have been excluded from the resources of the art world because of cultural, racial, and linguistic heritage, ability, and/or sexual orientation or gender-based identity; do not have formal artistic training (such as an MFA); or those whose creative practices have been historically underrepresented from mainstream exhibitions and public works.

The Engaging Artists Fellowship program is provided free of cost to artists and designed to consider the working artist, with all events scheduled during evenings or weekends.

Workshops, Roundtables, and Professional Development

Participants will have access to 3-4 roundtables related to workers rights, alternative economies, and labor movements within the arts and at large. Additionally, the fellowship includes 2-3 hands-on professional development workshops with leaders in both the arts, political economy, and labor sectors on how to apply one’s skills as artists to the collective pursuit of labor and economic justice.

Topics may include: artists’ roles in labor movements; timeline of artists and labor organizing from The Artists’ Union (1934) to the present; history of workers’ rights and labor laws and their effects on New York City residents and immigrant populations; institutional critique; and case-studies of socially engaged art.

Artist Community and Mentorship

In order to build strong artist-led coalitions, More Art believes in creating synergies between artists in various stages of their careers through dialogue and access to accomplished artists working in/with the public. This year’s workshops may be led by More Art commissioned artists including: Ernesto Pujol, Brendan Fernandes, Jennifer Dalton, and William Powhida.

Fellows will also have an opportunity to engage and collaborate with a diverse network of past Engaging Artist Fellows who have focused on issues of immigrant rights and economic empowerment as well as health and human services, housing justice, and anti-gentrification.


To Apply

1. Complete the following online application
2. Email portfolio and resume / CV to PJ@moreart.org

Due: Wednesday April, 5th at 11:59 PM

Email subject line: Engaging Artists 2017 Application // [last name] Attach a single PDF formatted as follows:

Section 1: application Section 2: portfolio Section 3: resume / CV


Do you live in New York City? (Y/N) Address:
Phone number:


Country of origin:
Do you speak conversational English?: (Y/N)

Why are you interested in participating in the 2017 Engaging Artists Fellowship focused on immigration, labor, and economic justice? (300 words max)

Have you been involved with the social justice movements in the past?
If so, please elaborate including a description of your experience working collaboratively in community, nonprofit, and activist settings. (300 words max)


Submit application or any questions to PJ@moreart.org by April 1st at 11:59 pm

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