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2015 ABOG Fellow Sol Aramendi and immigrant day laborers, artists, organizers, developers, and lawyers created a collaborative smartphone app to fight wage theft. Image: RAVA Films

2015 ABOG Fellow Sol Aramendi and immigrant day laborers, artists, organizers, developers, and lawyers created a collaborative smartphone app to fight wage theft. Image: RAVA Films

A Blade of Grass evaluates and qualitatively assesses the impact and methods of socially engaged art projects using action research methodology. This approach studies an action while it’s in process by identifying initial project goals and definitions of success, and then conducting interviews with project participants and stakeholders to gather their perspectives and views on whether and how these goals are met. We apply this methodology to A Blade of Grass Fellowship projects as well as to the work of NYC Department of Cultural Affairs’ Public Artists in Residence, a program that embeds artists in municipal agencies. The research we conduct serves individual artists and the socially engaged art field by capturing the ways an art project’s goals and definitions of success inevitably evolve, and by providing narratives of individual experiences to account for the subjective, qualitative nature of these projects.

We’ll be making select research available soon on this page—stay tuned! Until then, feel free to direct research-related inquiries to info@abladeofgrass.org.