McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowships

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From August 16 to October 11, 2019, Pillsbury House Theatre will accept applications for the inaugural McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowship program.

Community-Engaged Artists are artists who use their artistic practice to engage relationships aimed at producing social transformation. The goal of the Community-Engaged Artist Fellowship program is to identify and support mid-career Minnesota artists who create exceptional community engaged work. The program will use an independent jury of three arts professionals to award two fellowships. The fellowship will run for one year: January 1, 2020– January 1, 2021. Artists from all areas of Minnesota are encouraged to apply.

SELECTED FELLOWS WILL RECEIVE:

• $25,000 (unrestricted): Fellowship funding may be used to enhance any aspect of the artist’s life, such as overhead costs, the purchase of materials, travel, and other living expenses. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
• $3,000 in additional funds for a pilot initiative leading to the development of new community engaged work.
• Access to PH+T’s facilities and equipment.
• Support from PH+T staff and menu of community resources and services.
• Fellowship Discussion Series: Fellows will select a national expert in the field to be in dialogue with throughout the term of their fellowship, culminating in a public discussion about community engaged practice.

Applicants will be evaluated and selected based on the transformative impact of their work as evidenced in submitted materials, and work samples. Consideration will be given to accomplishments to date as well as promise for continued development and the impact the fellowship will have on the artist.

APPLY:

Applications are open August 16 – October 11, 2019. To apply, click here.
Stay tuned for info session dates!

GET IN TOUCH:

Mike Hoyt, Program Director
mikeh@pillsburyunited.org / 612.787.3655
Pillsbury House Theatre / 3501 Chicago Ave S, MPLS

ABOUT MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIPS:

The McKnight Foundation, a family foundation based in Minnesota, advances a more just, creative, and abundant future where people and planet thrive. The McKnight Foundation’s Arts program is one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country.  Established in 1981, the McKnight Artist Fellowships provide annual, unrestricted cash awards to outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists in ten (currently expanding to 15) areas. For more information, visit https://www.mcknight.org/programs/arts/the-mcknight-artist-fellowships/.

Info Sessions

To learn more about the McKnight Community Engaged Artist Fellowship program, attend one of our information sessions around the state of Minnesota. If you are unable to attend a session in-person, you can also view a PRERECORDED PRESENTATION which includes the materials presented at the in-person sessions.

We strongly encourage all interested applicants to review the full guidelines prior to submission.

View / download the PDF packet containing the MCKNIGHT CEA FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES

Information sessions will be led by Fellowship Program Director Mike Hoyt.

Dates:

Twin Cities

Northern MN

Southern MN

For questions about the information sessions, contact Mike Hoyt at mikeh@pillsburyunited.org or 612-787-3655.

Guidelines

We strongly encourage all interested applicants to review the full guidelines prior to submission.

View / download the PDF packet containing the MCKNIGHT CEA FELLOWSHIP GUIDELINES

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

Please read carefully. Applicants who do not meet all of the following criteria and expectations will not be considered and should not apply.

The intent of this program is to recognize and support mid-career artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Artists who are eligible for these fellowships:

  • Have or maintain MN residency for at least one year prior to application (i.e. since Oct. 11, 2018) and for the duration of the fellowship year.
  • Are mid-career with a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Have at least eight (8) years of professional experience implementing community engaged art. Community engaged projects, public exhibitions, or initiatives undertaken as part of a degree-seeking program at an institution of higher learning will not be considered, i.e. senior or thesis exhibitions, juried student shows, etc.
  • Create work that falls within an arts context. The fellowship is limited to Community Engaged Artists who are at a stage beyond emerging.  Community Engaged Artists, as defined for the purposes of this fellowship, are artists who use their artistic practice to engage relationship aimed at producing social transformation. And this intention drives choice and process throughout the conception, design, and implementation of their work. Community engaged art is an umbrella term for different forms of artistic practice. Some examples include art activism, community based art, place-based art, cultural organizing, participatory art, social practice. Whatever form they take, community-engaged art practices challenge the conventional terms by which arts are described, valued, and assessed. They strive to extend beyond elite perspectives, forms and institutions toward inclusivity, participation, equity, justice and social change. The Fellowship Director screens applicants to ensure eligibility.
  • Be willing to participate in all aspects of the fellowship program, including some meetings, scheduled dialogue with national experts, and a culminating public discussion about their work.
  • Can only apply to one 2019 McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline (i.e. community engaged arts, visual arts, ceramics, printmaking, media arts, choreographers, dance, composers, musicians, playwrights, theater arts, writers. UPDATE: Due to the roll out of new McKnight Fellowships for Community Engaged Arts, Textile Arts, Book Arts, and Printmaking, artists that have applied in other program disciplines that did not receive a Fellowship in 2019 are eligible to apply for this program in 2019. This will only be allowed in 2019.
  • Have not been a recipient of a McKnight Artist Fellowship within any artistic discipline in the last five years. Anyone who received a fellowship in any discipline in or before 2014 is eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.
  • Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or fellowship administrative partners.
  • Are not enrolled full-time in an academic program.

FAQs

DO I HAVE TO PROPOSE A PROJECT FOR THIS FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM?

This is NOT a project grant, therefore applicants do not have to outline or propose what new work they wish to produce or engage in if awarded a Fellowship.

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTIST?

Community Engaged Artists, as defined for the purposes of this fellowship, are artists who use their artistic practice to engage relationship aimed at producing social transformation. This intention drives choice and process throughout the conception, design, and implementation of their work.

DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN THE TWIN CITIES?

No! The Fellowship is open to all Minnesotans, and artists from all areas of the state are encouraged to apply.

WHAT IS A MID-CAREER ARTIST?

For the purposes of this fellowship, a mid-career artist is someone who has a body of work that demonstrates a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. They will have at least eight (8) years of professional experience implementing community engaged art.  Community engaged projects, public exhibitions, or initiatives undertaken as part of a degree-seeking program at an institution of higher learning will not be considered, i.e. senior or thesis exhibitions, juried student shows, etc.

WHAT CRITERIA WILL JURORS USE TO SELECT FELLOWS?

Jurors will use the following criteria when reviewing all submitted application materials:

Artistic Merit: The artist presents a sustained commitment to community engaged art practice, risk-taking, and clear concepts and creative methodologies that advance social and artistic purposes beyond individual perspective or experience.

Transformative Impact: The artist’s creative practice clearly creates social transformation; collective meaning making, collective empowerment, and social/political/cultural resonance, value, or change.

Creative Integrity: The artist’s work demonstrates integrity and ethical use of material with specific cultural origins and context, demonstrates responsible social and/or environmental practice, disrupts and challenges dominant norms or standards, and models new forms of creative action.

Engagement with defined communities: There is a clear articulation of the role and relationship of the artist with the communities in which they are engaged.  The artist engages in equitable creative practice which accounts for social/structural/systemic inequities.

WHAT WILL I RECEIVE IF SELECTED?
  • $25,000 (unrestricted) Fellowship funding may be used to enhance any aspect of the artist’s life, such as overhead costs, the purchase of materials, travel, and other living expenses. Awards are subject to state and federal income tax guidelines.
  • $3,000 in additional funds for a pilot initiative leading to the development of new community engaged work.
  • Access to PH+T’s facilities and equipment.
  • Support from PH+T staff and menu of community resources and services.
  • Fellowship Discussion Series; Fellows will select a national expert in the field to be in dialogue with throughout the term of their fellowship, culminating in a public discussion about community engaged practice.
WHEN CAN I APPLY?

Applications will open on Friday, August 16th, at 12:00am.

WHEN ARE APPLICATIONS DUE?

Applications are due Friday, October 11, 2019, at noon. Late applications will not be accepted.

HOW DO I APPLY?

Apply using the Submittable form found under the “Apply” tab. If you have difficulty filling out this form, please contact Mike Hoyt, Program Director, at mikeh@pillsburyunited.org or 612-787-3655.

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To apply, CLICK the button below and fill out the Submittable form.submit

Applications are due Friday, October 11, 2019, at noon. Late applications will not be accepted.

If you have difficulty filling out this form, please contact Mike Hoyt, Program Director, at mikeh@pillsburyunited.org or 612-787-3655.

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