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.
Our current Fellows are building radical free libraries that focus on the literary history and work of black women; leading interactive workshops where participants consider how to form a temporary community in an emergency situation; choreographing dances for individuals in solitary confinement; highlighting the personal geographies of residents living in the Dutch Kills neighborhood in Long Island City as it is threatened by developers; studying the spatial dimension of civil resistance; empowering black women and girls to articulate their own experiences; and providing local artists with the resources to make a difference in their own communities. Read about their projects below.
In 2012-2015 Fellows 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.
Spring 2016 Fellows
Honorary Spring Fellow
FALL 2015 Fellows
HONORARY FALL FELLOW
Fall 2014 Fellow
Lise Brenner, Vox Populi
Sarah Dahnke, Dances for Solidarity
Ari Tabei, PIPORNOT
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