A Blade of Grass (ABOG) in NYC is currently offering a one-year fellowship for individual artists and collectives. Fellowships pair project support of $20,000 with strategic support, assessment tools, video documentation, and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists working nationwide. They support seven to ten artists or collectives per year, who are selected via an open application process.
What They Fund: • Socially engaged projects in which art is a catalyst for social change. • Projects that feature artists in leadership roles. • Dialogue-based projects that emphasize sustainable partnerships with communities. • Projects in which artists engage community members as equal partners. • Projects in which co-creation with non-artists is part of the process. • They value process over product: relationship building and problem solving are key goals. • They provide funding with minimal restriction, and budget line items may include things like living expenses that are not direct project expenses. • They fund artists working nationwide, as well as artists based in the US who are working internationally
About: A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art. They provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. They evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue. They are located in New York City.