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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APPLY

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.

 

ATTEND

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 ethics and effectiveness; and for annual Fellowship Workshops and collaborative events.

 

DISCUSS

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.

 

Lora Lode/Community Based Art Practices Group (SAIC) in collaboration with 2014 ABOG Fellow Laurie Jo Reynolds. Photo: Justin Goh

Lora Lode/Community Based Art Practices Group (SAIC) in collaboration with 2014 ABOG Fellow Laurie Jo Reynolds. Photo: Justin Goh