2016 ARTIST AS ACTIVIST TWO-YEAR FELLOWSHIP
Deadline: December 7, 2015 5:00pm (EST)
THEME: Racial justice with particular focus on mass incarceration
There are 2.2 million people currently in our nation’s prisons or jails, 1 million of whom are African American. This is a 500 percent increase over the past thirty years and if current trends continue, one in three black males born today can expect to spend time in prison during his lifetime. Together, African American and Hispanics comprised 58 percent of all prisoners in 2008 even though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately one quarter of the U.S. population.
This constitutes an epidemic.
This year’s Artist as Activist Fellowship provides the opportunity for creative professionals who are committed to moving the dial on mass incarceration, and by extension racial justice, to seek a robust set of resources to advance their work. This is a departure from last year’s grant cycle, which invited artists pursuing projects on any topic to apply for support. Moving forward, the Artist as Activist Fellowship will be guided by an alternating theme. For the 2016 and 2017 cycles of the fellowship, the thematic frame is racial justice through the lens of mass incarceration.
The online application to the Artist as Activist Two Year Fellowship program is now open. See below for details on how to apply. This is the only open call for grant proposals the foundation will announce in 2015.
WHO SHOULD APPLY?
Artists and artist collectives seeking to work full-time on an ambitious creative work tackling this issue
FELLOWSHIP PERIOD: May 1, 2016 – April 30, 2018 FELLOWSHIP GRANT Up to $100,000 over a two-year period
AWARD NOTIFICATION: Late April 2016
APPLICATION WEBINARS: October 1, 2015, 3:00 pm (EST) November 16, 2015, 10:00 am (EST)
For more info please visit: http://www.rauschenbergfoundation.org/current-rfp-0