Call for Artists: New York City, 2022

The Urban Field Station Collaborative Arts Program is a virtual artistic residency created by the USDA Forest Service, The Nature of Cities, NYC Parks, and partners. Selected artists engage with land managers and researchers to explore integrated and collaborative “ways of knowing”, and to better understand, represent, and communicate about urban social-ecological systems through works of art and imagination. Applications are due by 7 March 2022 (applications after this date may not get a complete review), applicants will be notified in early April, and residencies will begin late April/early May 2022. The program’s mission is to encourage new acts of collaborative imagination, and promote understanding of and engagement with urban ecology through art. This year’s call for artists focuses on the theme of resourcefulness and resilience.

The Program engages with science and/or land management teams across our core partners and locations. In 2022 there will be two programs with which artists may work during their one-year virtual residency. Over the course of the residency, artists will be brought “under the hood” of the work of one of these teams, which may include going out in the field, having access to datasets or priority research/management questions, or connecting with a broader network. Artists are asked in the application to identify one team with whom they wish to work (see the bottom of this document for team descriptions). See more about the program here.

Participants in the Collaborative Arts Program will each receive:

An honorarium to the artist of $3,000, paid in two installments.
Support from the Collaborative Arts Program administrative team, including networking and project support.
Featured content on The Nature of Cities website.
Pairing with a Participating Agency Team, self-selected by the artist from the provided list.
Interaction with a global group of 10 artists in residence, all part of the 2022 cohort of the Urban Field Station Collaborative Arts Program.
Participating artists are expected to, over the course of one year:

Work with an agency team throughout the artistic process and meet occasionally with a point person from this team as needed.
Check in periodically with Collaborative Arts Program organizers to facilitate the work.
Create a piece of virtual content for The Nature of Cities exploring the ideas embedded in the artistic work and how they are supported by collaboration with non-artists.
Participate in an exhibition/presentation of work with other resident artists at quarterly, virtual All-Hands meetings.
Engage with the cohort of 2022 residents, who will be approximately 10 artists from four countries. Such engagement will be at least during the quarterly all hand meetings, but beyond if the artist finds it useful.
Note that this residency is not a commission of new artwork. Although new work is welcome, our intention is to support a process of collaborative discovery and support artists wherever they are along this journey.
Priority will be given to projects that:

Demonstrate artistic merit.
Align with the Collaborative Arts Program goal of creating new knowledge and perspectives about urban social-ecological systems and natural resources management.
Reveal new possibilities for collaboration between artists, scientists, and land managers.
Support our diversity goals; see diversity, equity, and inclusion fact sheet.
Propose an innovative perspective on the theme of resourcefulness and resilience.
Are connected to the environmental and social life of the New York City metropolitan area.

We invite artists from any discipline.
We invite applicants from anywhere in the world, but we will give preference to applicants that are residents of the New York City metropolitan area.
Applicants must be 18 years of age or older.
Disclaimer: The Urban Field Station Collaborative Arts Program reserves the right to change the number of applicants accepted into the program, and all decisions made by the committee are final.

Application Deadline:2022-03-07
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