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Call for Applications, The ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art supports courageous artists in creating exchanges, experiences, and structures to enact social change

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    The ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art supports courageous artists
    in creating exchanges, experiences, and structures to enact social change
    The 2019 Open Call is live! Apply by November 16, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST)

    About the Fellowship

    We believe in the power of socially engaged artists to participate meaningfully in creating a more just, equitable, sustainable, joyful, and compassionate future. We know this means that artists must take time and care to develop relationships built on mutual trust, as well as work with diverse non-arts partners and communities. We understand there are no ready-made roadmaps or guaranteed outcomes for this type of work, and are committed to learning how artists navigate these processes and relationships.

    Our fellowship program is meant to support courageous artists in creating 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. This is hard and time-consuming organizational, intellectual, and emotional work.

    For these reasons, beginning this year we are separating our financial support to fellows from our content and audience-building work for the field into two separate programs. This decision reflects our dual commitment to supporting artists who engage in high risk and high trust work that wouldn’t benefit from increased visibility of the process, as well as to producing high quality video, web, and print content, and experiences that push the discourse and expand audience for the field of socially engaged art.

    We are committed to providing relatively unrestricted funding that incorporates a collaborative research component. Field research conducted by ABOG’s Director of Field Research replaces grant reporting written by the artist, and is grounded in the goals and areas of inquiry defined by the artist and the perspective of project participants.

    Selected Fellows will receive:

    • $20,000 in minimally restricted support
    • Comprehensive written Field Research Reports that utilize action research methodology
    • Expenses Paid 2-day Orientation Retreat in NYC to engage a cohort of peer artists and ABOG staff and board (a requirement for the fellowship)
    • Ongoing invitations to networking events for all ABOG Fellows and Alumni twice annually (attendance voluntary)
    • Ongoing promotion of fellow’s projects 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. We do this through documentary films, publications, web content, and public programming.

    Fellowship Projects may become the focus of ABOG content and programming including:

    • Curriculum and advocacy that advance the field of socially engaged art
    • Inclusion in our new biannual periodical (available in print and free online)
    • Participation in documentary videos focused on curatorial themes of interest to the field
    • Other web content (podcasts, interviews, critical essays)
    • Participation in ongoing public programs

    Eligibility and Fit with the Fellowship

    Art and artists are vitally important, so we encourage you to take a moment to consider fit and eligibility before committing your valuable time and energy to the application process.

    Eligibility requirements:

    • Our intention is to provide direct financial support to artists rather than to organizations. If you are working within a 501c3 nonprofit organization, then we can only fund projects that are beyond the scope of your paid work for that organization. ABOG can pay artists directly as individuals, though LLCs, or through a fiscal sponsor.
    • If you are a collective, you must submit one application. Multiple applications for collectives are not permitted.
    • Anyone registered as a student at the time of applying is not eligible.
    • Lead applicants must be US citizens or US residents with legal work status, but projects may take place globally.
    • Lead applicants must be at least 25 years of age.
    • You are not eligible if you have received an ABOG Fellowship as an individual or as part of an artist collective in the last 3 years.

    Fit with Fellowship
    To figure out if your project is a good fit, ask yourself:

    • Can I describe my project’s capacity to enact social change?
    • Does the project somehow challenge, change, or invert inequitable power dynamics?
    • Does it increase the possibility for greater humility, collectivity, communication and/or care in an increasingly polarized political moment?
    • Does the project help participants or audience members engage in imaginative or restorative ways of looking and acting?
    • Does the project propose forms of action in which participants feel like they can positively affect entrenched social structures and create greater hope for the future?


    Do I, and do my partners, want to collaborate with ABOG’s Director of Public Programs and Director of Field Research to provide the following?:

    • Regular, open communication regarding project status, planned events, timeline changes, and other relevant issues
    • Some access to project partners and meetings
    • Collected data necessary for meaningful reporting of the project

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