McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowships

2021 Program

Applications for the 2021 McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowship program will be open from Friday, August 14th through Friday, October 9th.

Community-Engaged Artists are artists who use their artistic practice to engage relationships aimed at producing social transformation. The goal of the McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowships program is to identify talented Minnesota community-engaged artists whose community engaged work is of exceptional artistic merit and who are at a career stage that is beyond emerging. The program will use an independent jury of three arts professionals to award two fellowships. The fellowship will run for one year: January 1, 2021– January 1, 2022. Artists from all areas of Minnesota are encouraged to apply.

SELECTED FELLOWS 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.
  • 8 hours of consultation time, support, and resources from Springboard for the Arts.

Applicants are evaluated and selected based on the transformative impact of their work as evidenced in submitted materials and work samples. Consideration is given to accomplishments to date as well as promise for continued development and the potential impact the fellowship will have on the artist. The panel will also be asked to consider the breadth of artistic practices among Minnesota community engaged artists, which include a wide range of media, aesthetic considerations, social engagement, relationship to defined community, and cultural traditions that might be influenced by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and geography.

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 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 seeks to build social/structural/systemic equity.

APPLY:

Applications for the 2021 McKnight Community-Engaged Artist Fellowship program will be open from Friday, August 14th through Friday, October 9th.

Apply on Submittable by clicking here.

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

INFORMATION SESSIONS AND ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS

Program Director Mike Hoyt will be leading two virtual information sessions:
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Session #1: Tuesday Sept. 29, 1pm-2pm CST

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Can’t make it? Watch a pre-recorded information session here:

Watch on Vimeo: McKnight 2021 Fellowships for Community-Engaged Artists info session

Applicants are also welcome to schedule one-on-one meetings (in person, over the phone, or via video conference) with the Program Director before submitting their applications online. To schedule a meeting please call 612.787.3655. Please note we will not be able to schedule one-on-one meetings the week prior to the deadline (Oct. 9, 2020).

For further information, contact:
Mike Hoyt, Program Director
612-787-3655
mikeh@pillsburyunited.org

In addition, we strongly encourage all interested applicants to review the full guidelines prior to submission.

View / download the PDF of the McKnight CEA Fellowship Guidelines

Guidelines

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

View / download the PDF of 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 midcareer artists living and working in Minnesota who demonstrate a sustained level of accomplishment, commitment, and artistic excellence. Artists who are eligible for these fellowships:

• MN Residency: Have or maintain MN residency for at least one year prior to application (i.e. since Oct. 9, 2019) and for the duration of the fellowship year.
• Midcareer Artist: 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.
• Exclusive Application: Applicants can only apply to one McKnight Artist Fellowship in any artistic discipline within a program year. This 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. The Fellowship Program Director screens applicants to ensure eligibility.
• Program Participation: 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.
• Sit out Period of Five Years: 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 2015 is eligible to apply.
• Demonstrate growth and ongoing artistry since their most recent McKnight Artist Fellowship.
• No Conflict of Interest: Are not staff, board, or immediate family of the McKnight Foundation or administrative staff of fellowship program 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.

HOW DO I PREPARE AND RESIZE IMAGES FOR UPLOAD?

Saving your Image as a JPG:
If your image is saved in a format other than JPEG (.tiff, .psd, .pict, etc.) it will not work. You can save your image as a .jpg in multiple ways. In Photoshop and most other image editing programs, you can go to File > Save As in the menu. Name the file, keeping the extension .jpeg. Under “Format,” select “JPEG.” You’ll get a box called “JPEG Options,” which lets you set quality. In general, a higher quality setting (10 or 12) is better, so long as the size does not exceed 5 MB

To Reduce File Size:
The steps will vary depending on the photo editing program you are using; see Resources section for photo-editing software options. Below are generalized instructions for Photoshop:
1. If possible, it is best to start out with an original uncompressed image file that has been prepped – cropped, adjusting contrast, adjusting color, sharpen, etc. Jpeg files work fine if a raw or tiff is not available.
2. Open the file in Adobe Photoshop.
3. Go to Image – Image Size to open the Image Size dialogue box.
4. Set Resolution to 72 ppi (pixels per inch; Uncheck “Resample Image,” before you change the resolution. Afterwards, recheck ”Resample Image.”
5. Click OK.
6. Save As or Save for Web. Go to File > Export > Save for Web (Legacy) to open the Save for Web dialogue box.
7. Make sure the Setting is JPEG
8. Quality should be between 70-90
9. Make sure sRGB is checked.
10. Click Save
11. Save Optimized image as JPG in a folder that is easy to find on your computer.
12. Name it something easy to remember, like mcknightimage1.jpg.
13. Click Save (leave all other options as is, i.e., format, settings, slices)
14. You are now done with the first image. Now repeat these steps for the rest of the images you plan to upload to your application.

HOW WILL THE JURY SEE MY APPLICATION?

The jury will look at your applications using an online jurying platform via Submittable.
This means they will see each image individually at its full size (not as the small preview you see when you submit your application). Images will be viewed in the order you submit them (i.e., Image 1 will be first, Image 10 will be last). Title, media, and other information you submit with the images will be displayed with each image, and the jury will be able to view your résumé and artist statement as well.

ARE THE JUROR’S MONITOR’S CALIBRATED?

No. It is possible that your color settings will differ very slightly from each juror’s settings, but it will not make any appreciable difference to the jury’s review of your work.

Apply

Application Instructions: How to Apply

Application Deadline: Friday, October 9, 2020, at noon (CT)
Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

How to Apply:

Upload all work samples and documents via Submittable. Go HERE to access the online application site.

We strongly recommend you read the PDF containing the full guidelines prior to submission.

View / download the PDF of the McKnight CEA Fellowship Guidelines

1. Click HERE to begin the application process. Please note that the link will only be
active during the specified application period: August 14, 2020 at 12:00am to October 9, 2020 at noon.
2. Create an account for your online application with Submittable. When you click the
“Apply Now” button below, it will take you to the Submittable “Sign In/Sign Up” page. You will be prompted to create a Submittable account or to log in if you already have an account.
3. To create your account you will need to provide your email address, a password, and your first and last names. Once you create your account, you will be taken to the “Welcome to Submittable” page. This page contains information about Submittable. To enter the McKnight Fellowship application, click “Continue.” If you already have an account, once you sign in you will be taken directly to the application.
4. Organize your application materials. We strongly recommend that you assemble all of the application components in advance.
5. Upload your application materials. Required fields are marked with an asterisk. When you are finished, do not forget to click the “Apply” button to submit your application. You must agree to the Terms of Use by checking a box prior to submitting.

Applying as a Collaborative Team
While the McKnight Artist Fellowships are traditionally awarded to single artists, we recognize that there are many community-engaged artists who work as collaborative teams. If you are applying as a collaborative, make sure each artist involved meets the eligibility requirements. The images you submit should be of work created by the collaborative, not by the artists individually. Please include one résumé for the collaborative, plus one résumé for each of its members, in a single multi-page document. The Fellows Program Director can help guide groups interested in applying as collaborative teams.


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2020 Fellows

MEET THE RECIPIENTS OF THE 2020 MCKNIGHT FELLOWSHIPS FOR COMMUNITY-ENGAGED ARTISTS

Pillsbury House Theatre is proud to announce the two inaugural recipients of the 2020 McKnight Fellowships for Community-Engaged Artists: Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo and Rory Wakemup.

Designed to identify and support outstanding mid-career Minnesota artists, the McKnight Fellowships for Community-Engaged Artists provide recipients with $25,000 stipends, public recognition, professional development, one-on-one mentorship, and an opportunity to participate in a public discussion about their practice. Community-Engaged Artists use their artistic practice to engage relationships aimed at producing social transformation. This intention drives choice and process throughout the conception, design, and implementation of their work. These fellowships are funded by a generous grant from the McKnight Foundation and administered by Pillsbury House Theatre.  For more information about the fellowship program and future opportunities, visit our website at https://pillsburyhouseandtheatre.org/mcknight-artist-fellowships/

The 2020 McKnight fellows were selected from a group of 30 applicants by a panel of arts professionals of varying backgrounds whose careers intersect with community-engaged artistic practice in different ways. This year’s jurors were Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, NYC; DeWayne Barton, founder and CEO of Hood Huggers Intl., Asheville NC; and Roberto Bedoya, Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland, CA.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Cecilia Cornejo Sotelo is a Chilean-American documentary filmmaker, artist, and educator based in Northfield, Minnesota. Known for placing community members at the center of the creative process, she uses a range of approaches and production methodologies to engage them as active participants and co-creators of meaning. Locally rooted yet globally minded, Cecilia’s work examines notions of belonging and the immigrant experience while exploring the traces of historical trauma on people and places.  Cecilia’s work has screened at MoMA’s Documentary Fortnight, Melbourne Latin American Film Festival, L’Alternativa (Barcelona), Cine Las Américas, InVideo (Milan), Athens International Film Festival, Festival de Cine Pobre (Cuba), Minneapolis/St. Paul International Film Festival and many other venues.

She is the recipient of Minnesota State Arts Board and Jerome Foundation grants for her most recent film, Ways of Being Home (2020), made in collaboration with the Latinx community of Northfield, and received funding from Carleton College and the National Association of Latino Arts and Culture for the multi-platform project The Wandering House. She holds an MFA in Film and Video from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaches filmmaking at Carleton College and at St. Olaf College, both in Northfield, Minnesota.

The Wandering House, 2018 Cecilia Cornejo

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Rory Wakemup is the Artistic Director and visionary behind Wakemup Productions. A proven leader, gifted teacher, and sought-out community activist with infectious enthusiasm and optimism, he is creatively driven to change the narrative of what it means to be Native American in the 21st century, alleviating effects of racism, and awakening all people to their inherent ancestral indigenous values. An enrolled member of the Bois Forte Anishinabe (Chippewa tribe), his life’s work is to support the recovery of his community and be part of a legacy of healing. He does this through the power of participatory and multidisciplinary art. With his more than 300 post-secondary credits in studio arts and Native American topics, Wakemup practices (and teaches) in any form of studio-related and visual arts medium.

As a deeply collaborative, multi-disciplinary, multi-sector artist, this stable base of support will provide him more opportunities to focus on the work and himself.  As a professional whose work connects four disparate professional networks: indigenous arts, indigenous youth leadership development, local government, and organizing, this award will support his work positioned for what it is, where it is. He holds a MFA in Glass/Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin and a BFA from the Institute of American Indians.

Darth Chief, Mascot Hunter 2018 Rory Wakemup

ABOUT THE JURORS

Kemi Ilesanmi is Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, which advances artists and neighbors as change agents in their own communities. She has previously worked at Creative Capital Foundation and the Walker Art Center. In 2015, she was appointed by the Mayor to the NYC Cultural Affairs Advisory Commission. She is on the board of the Joan Mitchell Foundation and The Broad Room. A graduate of Smith College, NYU, and Coro Leadership NY, she is also a Sterling Network Fellow.

 

 

 

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DeWayne Barton is a native of Asheville, N.C. He grew up in Washington, D.C. and is a Gulf War Veteran. He is co-founder of the Burton Street Community Peace Gardens, the founder and CEO of Hood Huggers Intl. and Hood Tours.  Hood Hugger International, LLC builds greater communication, connection and wealth in systemically marginalized neighborhoods in the Affrilachian region through the arts, environment, and social enterprise. DeWayne was recently appointed by the governor to sit on the board of the NC Arts Council.

 

 

 

 

 

Roberto Bedoya is the Cultural Affairs Manager for the City of Oakland where he most recently shepherded the City’s Cultural Plan – “Belonging in Oakland: A Cultural Development Plan.” Through-out his career he has consistently supported artists-centered cultural practices and advocated for expanded definitions of inclusion and belonging in cultural sector. His essays, advocacy, and policy work has reframed the discussion on cultural policy to shed light on exclusionary practices in cultural policy decision making. He is a Creative Placemaking Fellow at Arizona State University.

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