ABOUT THE SOCIAL PRACTICE INSTITUTE (SPI) + RESIDENCY
The GCJM Social Practice Institute and artist residency trains Jewish identifying southern-based artists in the pedagogy of socially engaged art practice alongside a curriculum of Jewish thought leadership. We award up to six Jewish artists living in the U.S. South (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia) a safe and generative space to converse about and explore contemporary Jewish experience while expanding their art practice. The SPI participating artists will gather in residence for two weeks at Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC to interpret, disrupt, narrate and reimagine contemporary Jewish life and experience through the development and implementation of relevant and timely socially engaged artworks. The subsidized training provided by the Institute will support each artist in designing and carrying out a social practice artwork that intersects with and engages the Jewish community in Greensboro, NC and their hometowns. Artists and collectives selected for this program are at all stages in their careers and work in any art form.
GOALS: WHAT MAKES THE SOCIAL PRACTICE INSTITUTE UNIQUE?
The GCJM Social Practice Institute aims to support and invest in Jewish creatives from a multitude of disciplines whose work has the potential to impact the Jewish
Residency Experience Summary
- Participants must be 18 or older
- Participants must identify as Jewish (terms of Jewish identity are expanded upon in the application.)
- Participants must be practicing artists in any discipline.
- Participants must reside in the Southern U.S. region (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, District of Columbia.)
- Individuals and collectives are eligible to apply
- Artists must be able to commit to the on-site Elsewhere dates and the post residency convenings.
Readiness to engage with and benefit from the SPI + Residency experience + merit of past work. The GCJM Social Practice Institute has been inspired by these 7 merit criteria for selection as developed by Elsewhere Museum:
- Radical creativity and resourcefulness
- Refinement of concepts, practices, and critical material use
- Experience working with non-traditional spaces
- Potential to successfully engage fellow residents, Jewish themes and concepts, and hometown Jewish community
- Capacity to produce new work independently in a relatively short period of time
- Understanding of their own process and practice, and the ability to adapt to new practices and resources
- Benefit to their growth personally, professionally, and/or artistically, and enthusiasm to participate in this opportunity
RECEIPT OF APPLICATION: GCJM staff review applications to ensure completion and eligibility. Submissions are then reviewed by a dynamic group of arts and Jewish professionals, and other community members.
NOTIFICATION: All applicants will be informed of their status by June 5th, 2022. If you have not heard from us by this date, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SEMI-FINALISTS: Semi-finalists are invited to a 20-minute Zoom interview.
FINALISTS: Applicants accepted into the SPI + Residency are required to sign a contract within a month of acceptance.
The institutional cost of the residency component of the SPI is $2,000 per participating artist. We strive to remove barriers to participation by offering a sliding scale to SPI candidates. Any pledged support by artists would be made after accepting an invitation to participate and would not affect our decision-making. Finalists can choose to contribute between $360 - $2,000 at their own discretion. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Artists are responsible for their own travel expenses.