THE POINT CDC, in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation, Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency, Interaction Institute for Social Change, and HDR, Inc. are seeking talented artists who can work with local Hunts Point residents and explore the intersection of arts and climate change. Artists selected for this exciting opportunity will work with THE POINT CDC to help bring to life the community’s hope for a climate resilient future and connect art to two local and ongoing resiliency campaigns: Hunts Point Resiliency and The South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda.
THE POINT CDC Hunts Point Resiliency Artist in Residency Project
Hunts Point Resiliency Artist in Residency Project proposals will be reviewed by THE POINT and partnering representatives who will select artists to create a series of community engagements addressing climate resiliency, climate change and storm preparedness. Upon selection, artists will be further introduced to the Hunts Point Resiliency Project, The South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda, Principles of Environmental Justice and other relevant topics regarding community resiliency including history of local campaigns, existing conditions, critical facilities, resilient energy, coastal protection, community benefit/resilience, etc. Artists will be expected to work with populations as varied as youth, recent immigrants, church-based groups, local industrial and health-based workers, the elderly, and any other groups most vulnerable to climate change.
This project will take place during Spring and/or Summer 2017. In keeping with the mission of THE POINT, all artists in residence are expected to infuse their arts residencies with a strong exploration of social and cultural issues occurring throughout the world. The residency will also include working with groups of residents to expose them to a specific art form, its history and cultural importance, and ultimately leads to a final presentations. Artist(s) might be invited to contribute their work to the Collaboration Lab taking place this summer in Hunts Point, bringing together a diverse group of stakeholders to build relationships and more deeply explore and advance commitments to resiliency in the community. Teaching artists are expected to attend several staff meetings and trainings as well as regular check-ins with project coordinator. Selected artists will be expected to deliver a final art piece that can be used in the future by THE POINT CDC and the City of New York.
This Residency Program is open to all professional NYC-based artists and arts collaboratives with previous teaching and community engagement experience. All artistic disciplines encouraged to apply. Local, Bronx-based artists and artists familiar with the Hunts Point community, climate change and environmental justice are strongly preferred. Spanish and/or French speakers are also strongly encouraged to apply.
Selected artists will be offered a stipend of up to $2250 total, including engagement series and production costs of final project. A total of 3 artists will be selected at this time.
Dates to Remember:
April 10 – Application Process Opens
April 28 – Application Process Closes
Week of May 8 – Final Artist Selection
Week of May 29 – Community Engagements begin
Week of August 14 – Community Engagements end
How to apply:
Interested artists need to complete the following application.
Submit a Cover Letter that answers the following:
What is your main artistic medium of choice?
Describe your community engagement process and any previous experience you might have engaging Bronx communities.
What do you think “resiliency” means to communities like Hunts Point?
Copy of current resume
Chosen Artists will be asked to furnish up to 3 references and work samples when prompted
If you have any questions, and/or to submit a completed application, reach out to the following individuals under the heading “Hunts Point Resiliency Artist in Residency”:
About THE POINT CDC
THE POINT Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization dedicated to youth development and the cultural and economic revitalization of the Hunts Point section of the South Bronx. Our mission is to encourage the arts, local enterprise, responsible ecology, and self-investment in the Hunts Point Community. Through a multi-faceted approach of Youth Development, Arts & Culture and Community Development, we provide a diverse array of educational and social advocacy services to the community. We strive to be the place “where community and creativity connect.”
Since its inception in 1994, THE POINT has been a leader in cultivating Hunts Point as a cultural district through establishing program bases in various arts mediums such as Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Photography and Circus Arts. THE POINT utilizes the arts as a medium to engage students in learning that ultimately leads to their success in school and beyond. Our goal is to create an active learning environment and THE POINT has regularly collaborated with professional teaching artists to enhance arts curricula and has successfully connected numerous professional artists from all over the world with the Hunts Point community. THE POINT is seeking practicing professional artists who have proven teaching experience with community engagement, particularly with an environmental justice and local resiliency lens. Teaching Artists in Residence must also possess the ability to plan, implement and assess project-based curricula collaboratively with THE POINT community development and arts staff.
About The Hunts Point Resiliency Project
The City of New York is working with local stakeholders to advance resiliency in Hunts Point. The Hunts Point Resiliency Project aims to strengthen energy and flood resiliency for the residents, businesses, and community of Hunts Point Peninsula. The Project is made up of two feasibility studies for resilient energy and flood risk reduction and conceptual design and environmental review of a resilient energy pilot project. For more information about the project, please visit www.huntspointresiliency.nyc.
About The South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda
The South Bronx Community Resiliency Agenda (SBCRA) is engaging local communities in creating a comprehensive climate resiliency agenda that will strengthen the physical and social resiliency of the South Bronx Significant Maritime and Industrial Area (SMIA). This project is enabling THE POINT to strategically influence the next phases of the Hunts Point Resiliency while addressing the resiliency needs of other neighborhoods in the SMIA (Port Morris, Soundview, Mott Haven and Longwood) by strengthening the local capacity for community-led resiliency planning.