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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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Deadline Date:

10/16/19 11:59 PM EST


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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. Funding is intended to support artists in creating structures, experiences, and exchanges that inspire audiences, highlight seemingly intractable social problems, and energize people to participate in and sustain long-term social change work.

A Blade of Grass (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 

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 a biannual magazine (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.

New Fellowship Programs:

  • A Blade of Grass-SPArt Fellowship for Los Angeles supports Social Practice Art projects that are located in and meaningfully engage with Los Angeles County communities. A Blade of Grass and SPArt are collaborating to offer one Los Angeles-based fellowship for each year from 2019-2021. Applicants who mark LA County as their project location in the online application are automatically considered, there is no separate application required.
  • A Blade of Grass Fellowship for POC Emerging Artists in NYC: For the first time this year, at least one of the fellowships will be awarded to a NYC-based artist of color under the age of 30 (as of May 1, 2020). This Fellowship will allow younger NYC artists to be competitive in the application process, and provides critical, comprehensive support that will make it possible for these artists to develop an ambitious project and the relationships that will help them build a sustainable career. Emerging fellows will receive mentoring opportunities, project development assistance, and other professional development opportunities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162428

Number of Grants:

One ABOG Grass-SPArt Fellowship in Los Angeles, and and least one ABOG Fellowship for POC Emerging Artists in NYC

Estimated Size of Grant:

Artists receive $20,000 in minimally restricted support.

Term of Contract:

The POC Emerging Artist Fellowship period will be 18 months instead of 12.

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 only projects that are beyond the scope of your paid work for that organization are funded. 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 for all fellowships by May 1, 2020 with the exception of the POC Emerging Fellowships, which are for artists who are at least 20 and no older than 30 years by May 1, 2020.
-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:

A Fellowship Workshop with A Blade of Grass Fellow Shaun Leonardo will be held at ABOG offices (live-streamed on Facebook Live) on September 10, 2019, 6-8:30PM (EST).

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Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is October 16, 2019, 11:59 PM EST.

The application process and timeline for the POC Emerging Artists in NYC Fellowship are the same, but a few additional questions will need to be answered in the form including: demographic information to ascertain NYC residency; age; race/ethnicity; and a narrative question about financial need and how the Fellowship resources would impact the applicant’s practice.

This is a two-step 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.

- September 10, 2019, 6-8:30PM (EST): Fellowship Workshop
- October 16, 2019, 11:59 PM (EST): Open call closes
- January 11, 2020: Semi-Finalists selected, all applicants notified
- January 20, 2020: Semi-Finalist budgets & timelines due
- January 21-27, 2020: Phone calls with Semi-Finalists
- January 27 - February 7, 2020: Finalist Interviews, in-person or video conference
- Mid-March, 2020: Selected Fellows notified
- May 7 - 9, 2020: First Feast (Fellows welcome reception) + orientation (mandatory)

If you have questions, email a short 3-5 sentence description of your project. Someone will get back to you in 2-3 business days. Questions about fit of proposed project should be sent by Friday, October 4, 2019, 5:00 PM EST.

Contact Information:

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

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A Blade of Grass
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Brooklyn, NY 11201

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