A Blade of Grass “nurtures socially engaged art.” It’s a brief statement, but it eloquently encapsulates what this organization is all about.
A natural outflow of social engagement is community participation. And so A Blade of Grass’ Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art, which supports individual artists and artist collectives, places great emphasis on projects that are ultimately just as much about, for, and created by a community as for the artists being funded.
A browse through its recent fellowship recipients speaks volumes. Jan Mun's "Greenpoint Bioremediation Project" explored the use of biological agents to remediate toxins, in collaboration with local partners and the community in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. Dread Scott's “Slave Rebellion Reenactment” re-staged and reinterpreted Louisiana’s German Coast Uprising of 1811, using hundreds of local as performers. Brett Cook's "Reflections of Healing" promoted health equity through participatory public art installations and wellness clinics.
The Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art includes one-year funding of $20,000, as well as capacity-building tools, such as strategic support, assessment tools and video documentation of the artists’ work. Unlike many artist fellowship opportunities, this one is an open application. The deadline is in November.