A Blade of Grass nurtures socially engaged art. We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering and inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue.
OUR STAKE IN SOCIAL PRACTICE
We support artists who are working in leadership roles and in partnership with communities, in ways that are relevant in everyday life, at ambitious scale, to enact social change.
We support socially engaged artists and institutions.
Our Fellowship for Socially Engaged Art pairs project funding with strategic support, assessment, documentation and other tailored resources for socially engaged artists. Particularly ambitious socially engaged projects may be nominated for a multi-year Distinguished Project Fellowship. A Blade of Grass also awards Project Grants to arts organizations that are putting artists in leadership roles and actively partnering with communities.
Our public programs connect art and social change.
Our programs explore how socially engaged art works on multiple levels. Our panel series, Aesthetics of Doing, tackles the thornier aspects of social engagement, like ethics and authorship. Parallel Fields is another discussion series that pairs artists with non-art professionals who are doing the same work in very different ways. These and other lively programs invite you to investigate the meaning, value, and challenges of this inspiring practice.
How does socially engaged art function in everyday life?
Our website has great content! Explore our past programs, and participate in the inclusive, practical discourse about socially engaged art that’s happening on our blog and social media platforms. Our authors are contributing monthly posts that connect socially engaged art to issues like gentrification and environmentalism; outlets like social media and museum education; and leadership roles that artists embody.
VISIT www.abladeofgrass.org to learn more about how you can apply, attend or discuss!