Our Mission

a blade of grass nurtures socially engaged art

We provide resources to artists who demonstrate artistic excellence and serve as innovative conduits for social change. We evaluate the quality of work in this evolving field by fostering an inclusive, practical discourse about the aesthetics, function, ethics and meaning of socially engaged art that resonates within and outside the contemporary art dialogue.
 

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FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

We support individual artists and collectives who are working in leadership roles and in partnership with communities, in ways that are relevant in everyday life, at ambitious scale, to enact social change. Learn more about our ABOG Fellowship for Socially Engaged Artmeet our current fellows and learn how to apply.

 

FIELDWORKS

FIELDWORKS is a short documentary series presented by A Blade of Grass that explores the beauty, rigor, and impact of socially engaged art through its ABOG Fellow initiatives. Season One, featuring our inaugural class of ABOG Fellows for Socially Engaged Art, is now online. Click here to explore the films.

 

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

Our public programs examine the meaning, value, and challenges of socially engaged art from diverse perspectives. Join us at Parallel Fields for conversations between artists and non-artists tackling similar issues in different ways; at Aesthetics of Doing for tough questions on topics like utopia and community organizing; at Reports from the Field to learn from community participants and collaborators; and for annual Fellowship Workshops and collaborative events.

 

DISCUSS FORUMS

Our discussion forums enrich and expand our understanding of how socially engaged art is practiced. Explore lively online debates in Growing Dialogue; read in-depth essays in Fertile Ground; discover participants’ stories in Reports from the Field; and learn more about our organizational perspective and process in Lay of the Land.

 

SUPPORT

Your donation to A Blade of Grass allows us to provide resources for artists who are reaching beyond boundaries and into communities to make creative contributions to social change. You will also help us share their stories. Thank you for your support!

 

2016 ABOG Fellows (clockwise, from top left): Ron Ragin and Rebecca Mwase; Chinatown Art Brigade: Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong, and Betty Yu; Xenobia Bailey; Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist; Simone Leigh; Frances Whitehead; Black Quantum Futurism: Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa; Joseph Cuillier; and Rulan Tangen. Learn more about their projects here.

2016 ABOG Fellows (clockwise, from top left): Ron Ragin and Rebecca Mwase; Chinatown Art Brigade: Tomie Arai, ManSee Kong, and Betty Yu; Xenobia Bailey; Courtney Bowles and Mark Strandquist; Simone Leigh; Frances Whitehead; Black Quantum Futurism: Rasheedah Phillips and Camae Ayewa; Joseph Cuillier; and Rulan Tangen. Learn more about their projects here.