Important notes about this fellowship opportunity
How are you defining radical imagination and social justice?
We begin with the understanding that everything is political, especially art. We also begin with the understanding that race is a social construct that is used as a way to categorize and exclude individuals based on their skin and cultural identities. While we understand race to be a social construct, we also understand that ALAANA individuals are systemically underrecognized and under-resourced.
The fellowship is a radical act a part of undoing the oppression based on racial and cultural identities and its many intersections. In this vein, we consider radical imagination to be imagining a racially just world that is collective in spirit and involves community. It recreates a reality that dismantles systemic structures that privileges white supremacy, whiteness, homogeneity, and patriarchy. What is borne out of dismantling the status quo leads us into a radical way of being.
Projects will strive to: integrate the arts and social consciousness with grace and intention into community life; interweave personal and collective issues; privilege different ways of knowing; expand narrow versions of identity; and prioritize ideals of collaboration.
Some of the leaders we are inspired by, whose acts of resistance, social justice, and love help frame this work include Angela Y. Davis, bell hooks, Bernice A. King, and Toni Morrison. Please see below for some of their guiding words:
Angela Y. Davis: “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.”
bell hooks: “Our living depends on our ability to conceptualize alternatives…”
Bernice A. King: “Social justice is love applied to systems, policies and cultures.”
Who is eligible for a Research & Development (RaD) Lab+Outside the Walls Fellowship?
The fellowship is for ALAANA Chicago-based artists, creatives and nonprofits whose practices, values, and missions align with racial justice. Additionally, potential fellows consider research, collaboration, and community integral parts of the whole. ALAANA is a term used to identify African, Latinx, Arab, Asian and Native American individuals and communities. This program is to support those who identify as such.
For this program, we are defining eligibility as follows:
Individuals eligible for the fellowship are:
Nonprofit organizations eligible for the fellowship:
Individuals and organizations not eligible for the fellowship are:
Is this a program only for Chicago-based artists, creatives and nonprofits?
Yes, this program is only for Chicago-based applicants.
When will applications open?
The application portal will open January 2020.
Is attendance at the Info Sessions a requirement for consideration for the fellowship?
No, you do not need to attend the Info Sessions in order to be considered for the fellowship. However, we recommend attending the sessions to learn more about Threewalls, the fellowship and how your work & practice may align with the organization.
How many fellowships will be awarded?
There will be 12 awards at the $25K level, which may be renewable for up to two years for artist and creative projects. Grants awarded to nonprofits will not be renewable.
What artistic and creative disciplines are supported?
The fellowship will support artistic disciplines that center visual artmaking that are interdisciplinary and stretch the bounds of artmaking. For creative projects, the fellowship will support exhibition making, community-engaged and oriented work, or design-build projects.
Are dance, music or theater creatives eligible?
No. At this time, the fellowship is focused on contemporary art practices that intersect contemporary visual art and theory.
What kind of projects will be funded? What kinds of projects will not be funded?
Successful projects are those of which that use radical imagination as a lens to reimagine a racially just society. These are projects that have art as the vehicle for change and are considering the impact on a larger community.
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