Public Performance Art and Actions

Associated Residency Program

Public Performance Art and Actions provides an investigative environment in which participants rethink performance art and actions in New York City public space. Students create context-specific, public, performative works encouraging diverse forms of visual presentation from a series of prompts, which challenge the social spaces that we inhabit. Contemporary performance practices will be surveyed-from site-specific actions to virtual formats-using a variety of methods from traditional to new media, including installation, text, video, and other forms.

This public laboratory program brings together artists, scholars and community members to construct space for civic dialogue using performance and visual art. Participants will develop experimental models for an artistic practice that combine methods from the arts, activism and performance practice in order to cultivate innovative approaches to the construction of social spaces as a cultural landscape.

The residency will use the streets of the city as its studio. Artists and faculty will explore the diversity, history and stories that define communities, and how to incorporate these resources into the development of new works. Interventions may take the form of tours, tactical and site performances, temporal installations, video or sound projections, digital platforms, community-involved projects, peer-to-peer platforms, print or online publications, or a street event. Students will present final projects in the style of the NYC festival Art in Odd Places to an invited audience and the general public of passersby.

This is a unique opportunity to study with a faculty composed of leading artists, thinkers and social entrepreneurs. Through experiential workshops and one-on-one sessions, faculty will help artists to originate projects that reflect current social and political issues and guide collaborations with local businesses, art spaces and neighborhoods, as well as cultural and governmental partners.

In the experimental spirit of Public Performance Art and Actions, we welcome participants who are interested in moving from the traditional studio, gallery and theater spaces into the urban arena. Visual artists, writers, architects, designers, performance artists, urban planners and social activists are invited to apply.

Public Performance Art and Actions faculty: Ed Woodham (artist; founder and director, Art in Odd Places). Guest lecturers have included: Tom Finkelpearl (arts promoter), Todd Shalom (Elastic City), Risë Wilson (The Laundromat Project and Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), Radhika Subramaniam (Parsons The New School for Design), Martha Wilson (Franklin Furnace), Marlène Ramírez-Cancio (Hemispheric Institute of Performance & Politics), Micaela Martegani (More Art), Kameelah Jana Rasheed (artist, educator), Baseera Khan (artist) Esther Neff (artist), Sheryl Oring (artist, educator), Shaun Leonardo (artist, educator), Lisa Kim (Two Trees), Alicia Grullon (artist, activist), Tomashi Jackson (artist).

Note: A portfolio is required for review and acceptance to this program.

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There is no application deadline
Residency Length
2 weeks - 2 weeks
Average Number of Artists in Residence at a Time
Collaborative Residency
Must apply and be accepted individually
Interdisciplinary Arts
Visual Arts
New Genres
Performance Art
Public Art
Social Practice
Country of Residence
Open to artists based anywhere in the world
Stage of Career
Additional Expectations/Opportunities
Participate in public programming
Participate in open studio with fellow residents
Accessible Housing
ADA Compliant
Meals Provided
No meals are provided
Studios/Special Equipment
Shared Studios
Dedicated Studio/Shop Technicians - Part Time
Exhibition / Installation Space
Performance/Presentation Facilities
Studios/Facilities Accessibility
ADA Compliant
Type of Housing
Private housing on campus (individual apartment/cabin/house)
Private bedroom in a shared housing facility on campus
No housing provided
Additional Eligibility Information

To apply, please compile the following materials and submit them through our online application.

  • Work sample (see guidelines below)
  • Image list including title, medium, size and date (for visual work samples only)
  • Artist's Statement / Statement of Purpose (250-500 words)
  • CV
Artist Stipend
US Dollar (USD)
Travel Stipend/Material Stipends
US Dollar (USD)
Residency Fees
US Dollar (USD)
Fee Details

Fine Arts: Contemporary Practices

Session: June 20 - 30, 2023

$2,000 Residency tuition fee

Grant/Scholarship/other Funding Support
Application Fee
US Dollar (USD)
Application Type
Open application