A Blade of Grass provides resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as conduits for innovative social change. To that end, ABOG is inviting applications for its 2019 Fellowship for Engaged Art.
The program supports courageous artists eager to create exchanges, experiences, and structures that highlight seemingly intractable social problems, inspire audiences, and energize folks to participate in and sustain long-term social change work.
Selected fellows will receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support; comprehensive written field research reports that use action research methodology; an expense-paid two-day orientation retreat in New York City where they engage with a cohort of peer artists and ABOG staff and board (a requirement for the fellowship); ongoing invitations to networking events twice annually (attendance voluntary); and ongoing promotion of the fellow’s project through ABOG social media networks and website. In addition to direct artist support, another primary goal of ABOG is to make the “invisible” parts of socially engaged art visible. ABOG does this through documentary films, publications, Web content, and public programming.
Eligible applicants include individual artists or artists collectives with projects that engage directly with a specific community or communities. Artists may not currently be enrolled as students, be at least twenty-five years of age, and be a legal resident or citizen of the United States. Applicants must not have received a full ABOG Socially Engaged Art Fellowship as an individual or as part of an artist collective in the last three years.
For complete program guidelines, information about previous fellows, and application procedures, see the ABOG website.