More Art is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public art organization. More Art presents innovative works of art in public space that focus on the human element at the core of the complex issues that shape public life. The organization provides commissioning opportunities, strategic project support, mentorship, educational programs and artistic development resources for artists at all stages of their career.
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Residencies or Fellowships
Engaging Artists is More Art’s fellowship program for NYC-based emerging and underrepresented artists seeking to sustain their socially-engaged public art practice in collaboration with advocacy organizations, schools, coalitions, unions, groups of neighbors, and the public at large. Each year, they highly encourage applications from artists whose work is participatory or follow traditions of artistic interventionism but has not thus far involved institutional partnerships, community organizing, and/or pedagogy, and would like to work towards integrating those types of approaches into their practice.
The Fellowship is best suited to those looking to use the space of the program to develop a new project, a current project in its early stages, or a new phase of an existing project. The Fellowship is designed to support a cohort working on developing works from the research phase to public presentation. Along with professional development, mentorship, community engagement, and peer networking programs, fellows have the opportunity to apply for project support and funding for research, workshops, and staging public works. Each fellow is required to spend at least 100 hours at partnering organizations and immersed contexts over the first 6 months of the program, situating their status as artists-in-residence, while at times getting hands-on with the day-to-day work of activism which may not directly involve the arts. Artists will have the opportunity to propose their own art-based project, if they so choose.
Access to Space and Resources
Each year multiple project proposals are selected by a guest panel of artists and leaders in the arts. Two categories of project support are granted to aide individual fellows and collectives in developing rigorous public art and community-based projects. Up to $1000 is awarded for selected projects that could use support while developing community collaborations, researching, building participation, and fine-tuning workshop design. Up to $4000 is awarded for selected projects gearing up to stage a culminating exhibition in public space, event, series, collaboration, or engagement, within the year. In the future More Art will offer residencies for early-career artists with larger commissioning awards to realize ambitious projects. In addition to funding, awardees also receive consultation from More Art Staff, commissioned artists, and advisory network, as well as outreach support and access to Materials for the Arts, and off-site event space at partnering venues.
Interns work closely with More Art staff to produce innovative public art projects, cultural events, and educational programs. All internships include stipends which include work-related transportation. More Art is also happy to work with students who would like to complete an internship for school credit. They make every effort to tailor internship experiences to fit an intern’s skills and interests. There may be times when they ask for help with other projects going on in the office if more hands and assistance are needed. Internships are available for both students (undergraduate and graduate) and individuals who are interested in gaining more experience in public arts administration.
Volunteering is an awesome way to get involved with More Art’s art projects that take place in public spaces across NYC. Interested candidates should send a letter of interest and a resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org.