Announcing Engaging Artists, a six week Summer 2014 residency program hosted by More Art in partnership with the Artist Volunteer Center and Judson Memorial Church.

Engaging Artists will connect artists with homeless populations in New York City, offering hands-on volunteer opportunities and weekly workshops to enrich the artists’ existing studio practice.

Artists who are concerned with socially conscious issues and are committed to forming a deeper relationship to one of the city’s most vulnerable populations, the homeless, are encouraged to apply.

Selected artists will participate in weekly art-related volunteer opportunities with the homeless through partnerships with organizations such as Art Start, Common Ground, and the Bowery Mission. The volunteer experience will be enriched by an artist talk by upcoming More Art artist, Andres Serrano, and weekly workshops at Judson Memorial Church with professionals in the field, as well as artists, curators, and activists. The six-week residency program will be connected to their studio practice, encouraging the production of artwork that is informed by this unique program, which will culminate in an exhibition of the work made during this time.

Speakers include:

Andres Serrano (artist), Caroline Woolard (artist), Hunter Reynolds (artist), Annelie McGavin (curator), Kristian Nammack (curator), Manon Slome (curator), Travis Laughlin (Director of Education at the Joan Mitchell Foundation) Leaders from Picture the Homeless, James Macklin (Director of Outreach at The Bowery Mission), and more to be announced.

Artists will be able to submit proposals for a project at the end of their residency, and selected projects will be funded by More Art to allow the artist to produce his or her own full-scale socially engaged public art project.

Deadline for applications is May 16th before 5pm.


-Selected artists need to have a current studio practice in the NYC area and be available from June 5th to July 17th for weekly Thursday evening workshops at Judson Memorial Church from 6:30-8:30 pm (schedule TBA)

-Artists must be available to participate in weekly volunteer opportunities totaling 4hrs a week.


-10-15 images or video


-A brief (under 500 words) statement as to why you feel you and your work would be a good fit for this program