The In Situ Artist Fellowship to will be awarded to three artists. Each artist selected for this two-year fellowship (October 2022-September 2024) will receive rent-free studio space at the Museum and an annualized salaried position at $45,000 per year with full benefits. Artists will develop their practice in collaboration with specific areas of the Museum’s work and Queens constituencies. Prioritizing co-creation, relationship building, research and ambitious experimentation, artists will develop a solo exhibition to open in Spring 2024 that will result from their work with QM communities.

In Situ fellows will work a minimum of three days per week as a key part of the QM team, together with the Museum's constituencies, building on existing connections with communities and developing new ones. They will attend weekly All Staff meetings and participate in other meetings and Learning Sessions. They will be expected to make use of the studios and facilities which are accessible seven days per week.

Artists will be invited to develop work with one of the following programs and research areas:

  • La Jornada and Queens Museum Cultural Food Pantry (A weekly free food distribution in collaboration with a local organization La Jornada since 2020)
  • Queens Teens Institute For Art & Social Justice  (A youth program that aims to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists and the next generation of leaders in arts and social change)
  • Archives & Collection (over 10,000 items from the two iconic New York World’s Fairs of 1939/40 and 1964/65 as well as culturally diverse body of artworks dating post-war to the present)
  • Children’s Museum (QM is developing a multilingual intergenerational family learning center rooted in art and culture - which will be a physical space within the Museum as part of the current capital project - slated to open in 2024/5. The Children's Museum will center children and families of all kinds)

Participants receive:

  • A rent-free studio at the QM (ranging from 300 to 550 square feet) and on-site production resources (woodshop and audiovisual studio) for two years (October 2022-September 2024)
    • Artists will have full access to their studios, 7 days per week, 8am-11:30pm, pending building closures for holidays and observances
  • Compensation and benefits as a full-time, temporary employee at the Queens Museum

Full job description details here

  • Artists will receive an additional production budget during the second year of the fellowship to support the presentation of a solo exhibition in the Museum’s galleries during the Spring 2024 season
  • Professional development and mentorship opportunities from QM staff across all departments

Eligibility:

  • Artists must reside in NYC from the beginning to the end of the fellowship. Queens-based and connected artists are encouraged to apply
  • Must demonstrate a commitment to social and public practice. Practitioners working across a range of creative disciplines are welcome to apply
  • Must apply as an individual artist. Collectives are not eligible
  • Must be present at the Museum at least 3 weekdays per week
  • Must not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program, either part-time or full-time, at an institution of higher learning at the time of the application deadline or during the fellowship years
  • Must be able to provide documentary evidence of eligibility for employment in the United States
  • We encourage applications from artists who have language skills in addition to English including but not limited to ASL, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Arabic

Qualifications:

  • A strong record of artistic practice and experience with exhibiting in galleries, museums, community and public settings
  • Strong commitment to values of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility
    • This includes the Museum’s core values and priorities in relation to social, racial, environmental, disability, language, and climate justice, as well as critical pedagogy
  • Strong cultural competencies and sensitivities, consciousness of cultural identities and difference, committed to intersectional thinking and practice
  • Familiarity with social practice, facilitation, and/or community organizing
  • A self-starter who is keen to support on programs with accountability and care for both the capacities of QM staff and the communities we collectively serve
  • Demonstrates investment in buttressing communities and can carry through sustainable education, public and community programs
  • Commitment to participating in the QM community of staff and artists and creating a nurturing environment for working together and learning

Selection Process and Onboarding:

  • A jury of QM staff across departments (Exhibitions & Programs, Education, and Communications) will review and shortlist applications based on the strength of their work samples, past experience, and expressed interest/commitment to one of the programmatic and research areas listed above
  • Shortlisted candidates will join a short Zoom interview with a small group of QM staff
  • Finalists will attend a second in-person interview at QM
  • Selected artists will be invited to move into their studios in late October 2022, with an orientation and the anticipated start of work date to follow in early November 2022
  • Once selected, participating artists and producers will work with staff members to identify ways to connect their work, interests, and expertise across the museum


For more information, including the Fellowship timeline, visit:

https://queensmuseum.org/in-situ-artist-fellowship-2022


Application Deadline: August 14, 2022, 11:59pm EST


**Please note: While we have concurrent Open Call opportunities for both the In Situ Artist Fellowship and the QM-Jerome Foundation Fellowship, we ask that artists submit applications to just one of these opportunities. Please review the eligibility criteria to get a better sense of which fellowship program may be the best match for you!

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Queens Teens Institute For Art & Social Justice (QTI).

About QTI

The goal of QTI is to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists and the next generation of leaders in the arts and social change. Through a series of art-making workshops, leadership seminars, community service projects and professional development training over the academic year, participants will gain experience as artists and leaders and access to networks, institutions and mentors that will support their growth and practice.

Accepted participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for the 9-month program commitment and a MetroCard to cover travel expenses. 


There are  Four Pillars of Focus to guide the Institute:

Art: Cultivating a brave-space where teens can express themselves through visual art, performance art or written word.

Education: Arming future leaders with the knowledge and tools needed to be the social justice warriors of tomorrow.

Leadership: Empowering teens to be the change that they seek.

Service: Inspiring teens to give back to their local communities.

Mission

Our mission is to nurture thoughtful, independent young artists, and the next generation of Queens-based leaders in the arts and social change.

We will elevate access to art education programs with a leadership and professional development focus to BIPOC and marginalized Queens-based youth.

Purpose

QTI participants will develop skills in the areas of art, social justice and leadership. They will be actively engaged in the Queens Museum and their communities as they explore the intersection of art and social justice. Participants will exchange ideas and maintain relationships with other young artists and activists locally, nationally and internationally and attend trips. QTI’s program will culminate in a public exhibition at the Queens Museum.

Educational Benefits

QTI participants will develop skills and professional insight into all aspects of operating an art museum. They will build experience as leaders and engage in service-learning projects focused on art and social justice. They will gain an understanding of how art and social justice intersect and develop their practice in both areas.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Commitment to a full 9-month program of weekly hybrid (in-person and virtual) participation, excluding breaks and holidays. No more than 4 absences for the year will be permitted, except in extenuating circumstances
  • Proactive contribution to the development and planning of QTI activities and events
  • Focused participation in the promotion, outreach, and presentation of the QTI
  • Effective collaboration with the programming team

Relevant Education/Experience/Skills

  • Must be Queens-affiliated Juniors or Seniors in September 2022
  • Must demonstrate an interest in developing leadership in the arts and social justice within the context of an art institution
  • Must be highly responsible, motivated, and prepared to participate and complete dedicated work in collaboration with staff and QTI participants.
  • BIPOC and teens from marginalized communities to the front!

Application Process

  • All applicants must submit a completed application form, including a link to a personal statement, two references and optional supplemental materials.
  • Only submissions that adhere to all guidelines will be considered.
  • Potential candidates will be asked to participate in a group interview on zoom. 
  • Candidates must be able to attend in-person workshops and events.
  • Accepted participants will receive a $1,000 stipend for the 9-month program commitment and a MetroCard to cover travel expenses. 
  • Accepted participants will also be eligible for other paid work opportunities at Queens Museum. (ex. workshop assistants, camp counselors, etc)

Schedule

  • Application Deadline: September 15th, 2022
  • Final Round Interview: September 20th & 21st, 2022
  • Acceptance Letters Sent Out: September 23rd, 2022
  • Leadership Cohort Program Orientation: Saturday, October 1st  (Onsite at Queens Museum)
  • Official Program Begins October 19th, 2022 (Virtual)
  • Spring Break Trip: April 2023 (TBD)
  • End of Program Exhibition & Celebration: June 2023


Program Schedule

  • Workshops: 1-2x a month (Hybrid)
  • Leadership Seminars: 1x a month (Hybrid)
  • Professional Development Training: 1x a month (Hybrid)
  • 2 Community Service Projects: (Onsite) 
  • Social Events: (Parties/Movie Nights/Open Mic Night): December 2022, February 2023, April 2023, June 2023

Location: Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Building, Queens, NY 11368

Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls, please.

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