About The Fellowship

Culture Push launched the Fellowship for Utopian Practice in 2012 to support boundary-pushing, interdisciplinary and socially engaged artwork. Our open call runs twice per year in Spring and Fall. Check the guidelines page for information on the next open call submission dates and application instructions. The Fellowship is a process-based program aimed at artists and other creative people who are seeking to test new ideas through civic engagement. Culture Push offers the Fellows concrete financial and institutional support, including feedback and mentoring, a stipend, and fiscal sponsorship for fundraising efforts, and heightened legibility, through support from the Culture Push institution. During the Fellowship year, Fellows collaborate with different communities and the Culture Push staff to find viable working methods for realizing ambitious hybrid projects. While Culture Push emphasizes the visual and performing arts, the Fellowship program is open to people working in any discipline aiming to expand their practice beyond its traditional borders.

2017 Fellows, From Top Left to Bottom Right: Walis Johnson, Yvonne Shortt, CHinatown Art Brigade, Hidemi Tagaki, Chris Ignacio, Aida Sehovic, and Theodore Kerr

2017 Fellows, From Top Left to Bottom Right: Walis Johnson, Yvonne Shortt, CHinatown Art Brigade, Hidemi Tagaki, Chris Ignacio, Aida Sehovic, and Theodore Kerr

Our current Fellows are studying the spatial dimension of civil resistance; empowering black women and girls to articulate their own experiences; devising performative interventions that examine Puerto Rican identity on the island and in New York; leading dance-based foraging walks in Red Hook that allow participants to understand the cultural and ecological role of wild urban plants; catalyzing workshops and informal performances where individuals with non-traditional art backgrounds can meet and create together; and organizing a national participatory story exchange around the topic of incarceration as a way that communities can reimagine justice. Read about their projects below.

In 2012-2016 Fellows created radical free libraries celebrating the history and work of black women; choreographed dances with individuals in solitary confinement; highlighted the stories of longtime residents in a neighborhood rapidly changing; led workshops exploring emergent communities through movement, art, and science; provided local artists with the resources and opportunities to create work in their own communities; engaged with community gardens; dissected the New York Times through a feminist lens; brought history to life through video art; empowered the goddess in queer girls; created a crowd-sourced map of a neighborhood; engaged with food and empowerment; explored the choreography of protest; theorized the theater of philosophical inquiry; re-imagined NYC's waterways; ideated social space in the Bronx; and collaborated with day laborers to create an app that identifies wage theft.

This program is supported, in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

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This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council

Past Fellows

Chris Ignacio, Reclaiming My Voice
Hidemi Takagi, The Bed-Stuy Social 'Photo' Club
Theodore Kerr, What Would an HIV Doula Do?
Aida Šehović, w_i_t_n_e_s_s_(assembly)
Chinatown Art Brigade
Walis Johnson, The Red Line Project
Clarivel Ruiz, Dominicans Love Haitians Movement
Noemi Segarra, Cuerpo y Ciudad
Aiesha Turman, Black Girl Muse (BGMuseum) Ranjani Chakraborty & Salvador Muñoz, Say What?! Street Harassment Intervention Strategies
Yvonne Shortt, Women Who Build. Artists Who Own
Stephano Espinoza and Cristobal Guerra Naranja, Sacúdete
Corinne Cappelletti and Eva Perrotta, ro͞odərəl
Piper Anderson, Mass Story Campaign
Olaronke AkinmowoThe Free Black Woman's Library
James AndrewsSpatial Resistance
Victoya VeniseProtect the Art
Lise Brenner, Vox Populi
Sarah Dahnke, Dances for Solidarity
New York Times Feminist Reading Group (Jen Kennedy & Liz Linden), The NYTFRG Yearbook
Go! Push Pops (Katie Cercone and Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, with Char Johnson), Diamond Tribe
Chloë Bass, Department of Local Affairs
Torkwase Dyson (Studio South Zero), Shapes We Need, Kitchens We Don't
Benton C Bainbridge with Minou Maguna and Bill Etra, Telematic Etra
Alicia Grullon, Campaign Headquarters
Fantastic Futures, Reading Writing Writing
Konstantin Prishep, The Aquatorium Barge
Melanie Crean, Memories of the Future
Tracy Candido, Youth Food Lab
Daniel Lang/Levitsky, Just Like That
Esther Neff and Yelena Gluzman, Theorems, Proofs, Rebuttals and Propositions: A Conference of Theoretical Theater
Nancy Nowacek, Citizen Bridge