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ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art

Fellowships to USA Independent Artists and Collectives for the
Collaborative Promotion of Art that Engages People and Communities

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Fellowships of $20,000 to USA independent artists and arts collectives for collaborative opportunities to promote art projects that encourage social engagement through web content, documentary films, field research, public programming, and more. LOIs are due by September 18, 2017.

ABOG sees the aesthetic qualities of socially engaged art here—in how alliances are formed and maintained, the way disparate stakeholder groups are coordinated, how power dynamics are navigated, and how bridges are built between many different types of people in a socially engaged art project.

ABOG creates content that illuminates and deepens understanding of these relationships. A primary goal of ABOG is to make the “invisible” parts of socially engaged art visible. We do this through documentary films and field research that are artist-led, and are grounded in the perspective of project participants, as well as publications, web content, and public programming.

ABOG also uses this focus on process and relationships to advocate for a more expanded sense of what art is, how artists can work in communities, and how art might be integrated into everyday life. Its field research, documentary films, and other content serve as the basis for curriculum, toolkits, and consulting that enable more artists to work in partnership with non-artist stakeholders.

Fellowship projects become the focus of:
- A short, engaging documentary film directed and produced by RAVA Films
- Field research that utilizes action research methodology
- Web content and public programs
- A biennial publication
- Curriculum and advocacy that advance the field of socially engaged art
- Two dedicated opportunities to engage a cohort of peer artists

To ensure fit, ask yourself the following questions before applying:

- Do I, and do my partners, want to collaborate with ABOG’s documentary crew and a field researcher to generate creative content about my project?
- What are the stories of my project? Is storytelling a good lens for understanding my work?
- What is the transformation, or problem that is being solved by the project?
- Who is my project? Can I make an informative stakeholder map, or otherwise represent project participation?

Issue-Based Fellowships - Applicants may also be considered for the following fellowships:

ABOG-David Rockefeller Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice
This fellowship examines the transformational roles artists play in a criminal justice context. Applicants working in criminal justice are automatically considered.

ABOG Fellowship for Contemplative Practice, in partnership with the Hemera Foundation
This fellowship supports artists who work with the intersection of social practice and contemplative practice.

This Fellowship directly helps us in furthering our curatorial vision by providing both quantitative and qualitative data about how artists view and utilize contemplative practice, relate (or don’t relate) to traditional religion, and translate or incorporate the perspective shifts that come from contemplative, religious, or spiritual practices in their work.

Contemplative practice spans across many religious and secular traditions, and has been historically central to the artistic practice of many great artists. Projects do not need to include contemplative practice with a community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162428

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility requirements for the ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art:

- Artists or artist collectives working independently of a 501c3 nonprofit are eligible. If you are working under a registered 501c3, you are not eligible to apply
- 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
- Applicants must be US citizens or US residents with legal work status
- 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

Pre-Application Information:

Application timeline:

This is a two-step application process. Semi-finalists from the first round will be invited to submit a full application with an extended narrative, budget, and a timeline.

Open call closes: September 18, 2017, 11:59 PM (EST)
Notification to applicants: Begins November 6, 2017
Full application due: January 5, 2018
Notification to applicants: Begins January 29, 2018
Finalist interviews: January 29 – February 9, 2018
Notification to selected Fellows: Begins March 13, 2018
Fellows’ orientation (mandatory): May 3-5, 2018

Applicants working in criminal justice are automatically considered for the ABOG-David Rockefeller Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice.

Applicants interested in the ABOG Fellowship for Contemplative Practice must answer two supplemental questions on the online form to be considered. Applying for the ABOG Fellowship for Contemplative Practice does not make you ineligible for the general fellowship pool. By applying for the Contemplative Practice track you automatically apply for both.

Not sure whether your project is a good fit? Have questions about the application process? Send a short description via email (not the whole application document), and allow 2-3 business days for a response.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application form:

Deborah Fisher, Executive Director

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