Summer Residencies in Social Practice

School of Visual Arts
209 East 23rd Street
New York NY 10010

The School of Visual Arts is pleased to present four new Summer Residencies in social practice and public forms, providing artists and designers opportunities to impact the social landscape and engage communities. Key leaders in the field engage participants through lectures, workshops and invitations for creative action in the social sphere.
Summer 2016 Social Practice residencies:

City as Site: Social Interventions and Public Performance
This nomadic summer residency explores the diverse communities that define New York City with the aim of creating context-specific public performative works. Like a public laboratory, this program unites artists, scholars and community members to think about the role of socially engaged art in constructing space for civic dialogue. Participants will develop experimental models for an artistic practice that combine methods from the arts, activism and performance in order to cultivate innovative approaches to the construction of social spaces as cultural landscape.

Impact! Design Strategies for Community Engagement
Community engagement refers to the process by which a community is actively involved in building a collective solution for its own benefit. Each participant will participate as a team member in the development of a project concept for a New York City neighborhood non-profit. A partnership with the New York City Department of Small Business Services will take the program out of the realm of theoretical thinking and extend it into the real world, giving participants experience that is transferable to their own communities.

Impact! Strategies for Creative Intervention
While the road to social change is paved with good ideas and good intentions, for an idea to be sustainable it needs to be built on a solid strategic foundation. This workshop will focus on three critical areas: ecosystem mapping, creative sessions and prototyping. Participants will develop the strategic foundation for a socially minded, design-driven project and leave with an understanding of the steps needed to make it a reality.

Un-Disciplined: Residency in Contemporary Practices
Presented in partnership with SVA’s MFA Fine Arts Department, the focus of this residency is on content and critical discourse. Work in a variety of media is supported and encouraged, including drawing, painting, photography, performance, installation, digital and interactive media, electronics, sound and all modes of experimental practice. Residents are invited to consider the socio-political potentiality of art practices situated outside the paradigm of individual authorship.

The program taught me to discard my preconceptions about working in the public, and approach public sites with open eyes and ears. It was a great experience to treat myself as a clean slate, and learn to create public art that truly complements a given space.
–Daniel Shieh, City as Site

The presentation and the systems thinking were part of a larger take-away, which was having ideas and a passion for a cause and being able to channel it into something that is tangible, something that is actually going to make a difference. How to go from the dreaming stage to the doing stage, and how to do that well.
–Jason Van Dyk, Impact! 

SVA’s Summer Residencies in New York City offer artists, designers and creative thinkers time, space and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction. In addition to our time-honored studio residencies, a variety of innovative professional immersion programs provide opportunities for artists to explore new areas of social and technological practice and engage critically within their field. SVA’s state-of-the-art facilities offer a wealth of tools for innovation in art and design. A unique combination of creative and professional resources provides a rich environment for growth and opportunity in the current, vibrant art scene.

For an application or further information regarding SVA’s Summer Residency program contact Keren Moscovitch, Assistant Director of Special Programs, Division of Continuing Education, School of Visual Arts: T 212 592