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Fellowship Program

Fellowships to USA Independent Artists and Collectives for
the Collaborative Promotion of Art to Enact Social Change

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A Blade of Grass (ABOG)

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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. This program is intended to support courageous artists in creating structures, experiences, and exchanges that inspire audiences, highlight seemingly intractable social problems, 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 ABOG is separating financial support to fellows from the content and audience-building work for the field into two separate programs. This decision reflects ABOG's 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.

ABOG is 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. ABOG does 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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162428

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility requirements:

-ABOG's 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.

Pre-proposal Conference:

October 9, 2018, 6-8PM (EST):

Fellowship Workshop with ABOG Fellow Miguel Luciano (Brooklyn, NY)

Pre-Application Information:

Apply by November 16, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST).

Application Timeline:
Starting in 2018 this is a two-step application process. Semi-finalists from the first round will be invited to participate in a phone call to determine finalists. Finalists will be asked to provide a budget and a timeline, and be invited to an in-person or video conference interview with ABOG staff.

November 16, 2018, 11:59 PM (EST): Open call closes
February 4, 2019: Semi-Finalists selected, all applicants notified
February 5-12, 2019: Semi-Finalist short phone interviews/feedback
February 19, 2019: Finalist budgets & timelines due
February 13-17, 2019: Finalist Interviews, in-person or video conference
Mid-March, 2019: Selected Fellows notified
May 2-4, 2019: Fellows’ orientation (mandatory)
Applicants working in criminal justice are automatically considered for the ABOG-David Rockefeller Joint Fellowship in Criminal Justice.

Contact Information:

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

Online application:

Not sure whether your project is a good fit? Have questions about the application process? Send a short 3-5 sentence description of your project via email (not your full proposal) to: ABOG will get back to you in 2-3 business days.

Deborah Fisher, Executive Director

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming