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2017 Engaging Artists Fellowship

Sponsoring Organization

More Art



New York, NY






About engaging artists.

The 2017 Engaging Artists Fellowship is an artist-in-residence program for emerging NYC 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).

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 rights and economic justice.

Past guest speakers have included: Andres Serrano, Pablo Helguera, Caroline Woolard, Hunter Reynolds, Leaders from Picture the Homeless and Breaking Ground, and James Macklin, Director of Outreach at The Bowery Mission, among many more.

Program topics 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.

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.

Engaging Artists enables artists to deepen their understanding of socially engaged art through direct action including volunteering, outreach initiatives, and public art projects. More Art will assist fellows in establishing crucial partnerships at community-based organizations that focus on immigrant rights, labor justice, and economic empowerment in their home neighborhoods.

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.


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