A Blade of Grass Fellow Sol Aramendi and immigrant day laborers, artists, organizers, developers, and lawyers created a collaborative smartphone app to fight wage theft. Image courtesy of RAVA Films.
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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.
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|Forest Listening Rooms|
Artist Brian Harnetty
|Victoria Square Project|
Artist Rick Lowe
| Musician Brian Harnetty has created Forest Listening Rooms, bringing together Appalachian Ohioans across the political spectrum to share stories and critically listen to the sounds of their literal "common ground," the Wayne National Forest, as a means of building community in resistance to the environmental extraction that has historically harmed the region. || Artist Rick Lowe worked with local, immigrant, and refugee communities in Athens, Greece in the midst of the Syrian refugee crisis to create Victoria Square Project (VSP). VSP is a shared public space that fosters belonging and models a future for Athens where diverse experiences and cultures are shared and embraced. |
Artists Hello Velocity
|The Reentry Think Tank|
Artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles
| Working collectively as Hello Velocity, artists JS Tan, Lukas Bentel, and Kevin Wiesner worked to create an e-commerce plugin that would ameliorate income inequality by allowing consumers to purchase products at a price proportionate to their income. || Artists Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles instigated the Reentry Think Tank, an art and advocacy group that centers the experiences and leadership of the formerly incarcerated to challenge stereotypes, transform social services, and advocate for policy changes to prevent recidivism and better support those in reentry. |