ABOUT PAIR

Launched in 2015, the Department of Cultural Affairs’ municipal residency program, Public Artists in Residence (PAIR), is based on the premise that artists are creative problem solvers. To that end, DCLA embeds socially engaged artists in New York City municipal agencies in order to use creative, collaborative art practice to propose and implement creative solutions to pressing civic challenges.

Cycle 1 of PAIR brought together the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs + Tania Bruguera, the Department of Veteran’s Services + Social Design Collective and Bryan Doerries/Theater of War Productions, the Administration for Children’s Services + the Lost Collective, the Department of Design and Construction + Mary Miss, and the New York Housing Authority + Jay Boeuy and Paloma McGregor. These partnerships – some of which are still ongoing – vary greatly in concept, scope, duration, and populations engaged, and their successes are driven by the artist-led, collaborative process that PAIR has provided.


RESIDENCY STRUCTURE

PAIR residencies begin with a required orientation session, which launches an approximately three-month Research Phase. This Phase is a time for the artist and agency to establish mutual trust through shared exposure to each other’s work and process—the artist shadows agency staff and attends meetings, and in turn the agency hosts an artist talk and visits the artist at their studio. The end of the Research Phase is marked by the artist proposing a project, designed in collaboration with the host agency, to produce during the remaining 8 months of the residency. The project must include one public-facing event or component. The Implementation Phase continues for the duration of the residency (approximately 8 months), and both DCLA and the host agency will offer necessary support to assist the artist during the project’s production.

Throughout the residency, the artist and agencies have weekly check-ins by phone or in-person to assist in project production. In addition, there will be ongoing documentation of the residency and an internal evaluation conducted; both designed to be tools for advancing the work of the artist and the agency.


PAIR: CYCLE 2

In January 2018, DCLA will launch the next cycle of PAIRs with a new cohort of New York City municipal partners. DCLA and its partners are currently seeking artists for:

  • NYC Department of Correction (Rikers Island)
  • NYC Department of Probation
  • NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence

This is an open call for a Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) for the New York City Department of Probation. Additional open call applications can be found here. Artists may apply to multiple open calls, but can only be selected for one position. A separate application must be submitted for each agency.


ABOUT THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF PROBATION

The New York City Department of Probation (DOP) helps build stronger and safer communities by working with and supervising people on probation, fostering positive change in their decision-making and behavior, and expanding opportunities for them to move out of the criminal and juvenile justice systems through meaningful education, employment, family engagement and civic participation. DOP strives to ensure that people receive the support and services they need not just to lead law-abiding lives, but to realize their full potential as assets to their communities. DOP is one of the largest community corrections agencies nationwide. DOP has over 900 employees providing several core services: drafting reports to assist courts in determining appropriate dispositions for youth in Family Court and adults; determining eligibility for diversion from prosecution for youth in Family Court and providing diversion services; and supervision of some 25,000 adults and young people placed on probation. 


THE CHALLENGE(S)

DOP is seeking innovative ways to strengthen relationships and improve communication and engagement between probation officers and the people under their supervision. Research shows that the relationship itself between a probation officer and client is the key to success – it’s not only what services are offered to someone, but who offers those services, and how, that makes a difference. We face challenges in building trust and learning to collaborate with clients on identifying realistic goals that they can strive towards, and in matching them to the right opportunities when they are ready and able to seize them. At the same time, our clients are challenged by the fact and the stigma of their justice system involvement, which may have damaged their relationships with family and community while also posing barriers to opportunities such as employment and housing.


THE CALL

We encourage people with prior justice system involvement to apply.

Interested artists must submit all of the following application materials:

  1. Framing Question or Area of Inquiry
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two (2) References
  5. Work Sample
  6. Work Sample List


ARTIST FEE AND MATERIALS
The combined PAIR artist fee per residency is not to exceed $40,000: with $20,000 each from DCLA and DOP under two separate contracts (for the Research Phase and the Implementation Phase). Funding is inclusive of related project expenses (e.g., printing, materials, equipment, video production, etc.). The selected artist(s) are responsible for managing the project budget and submitting invoices. No additional funding is provided.

Note: We strongly encourage individual artists for PAIR (as opposed to artist collectives), as PAIR awards are fixed and would have to be shared among collective members. However, collectives are welcome to apply, knowing the financial restrictions.

Additionally, the artist receives:

  • A desk at the host agency, with access based on regular building hours.
  • Access to materials/supplies at DCLA’s Materials for the Arts.

SELECTION PROCESS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA
Artists responses will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from DCLA,
DOP, and invited professionals with expertise in contemporary art. The panel will review applications for completeness, eligibility, and quality, as well as:

  • Artistic merit and artistic excellence of the proposed project
  • Clarity of framing question or area of inquiry to address during residency
  • Quality of and relevance of the applicant’s prior work
  • Evidence of experience creating socially engaged art and working collaboratively with communities
  • Evidence of experience working at the intersection of art and politics and/or using art for social or political change
  • Evidence of experience developing and engaging in a collaborative process with multiple partners with a high level of competency

Finalists will be asked to interview with the panel prior to final selection.


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
The selected artist(s) should be deeply involved in DOP
issues, have demonstrated experience with social interventions through artistic practice, and have a desire to work specifically within the framework of the criminal and juvenile justice systems.

In addition:

  • Applications will be accepted from individual artists or artist collectives only (artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit organization or a for-profit entity).  
  • Artists can apply directly without a fiscal sponsor.
  • Artists must be 18 years of age of older and residents of New York City.
  • Artists must be eligible to work in New York City.
  • Artists may not be currently enrolled in school.

ARTIST AGREEMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS

Selected artists must sign a PAIR Agreement. DCLA recognizes the importance of intellectual property rights to artists who participate in the residency program. It is anticipated that artist(s) will retain rights for non-commercial use of works developed during the residency (e.g., visual art, performances and literary materials), subject to the City’s rights to use such materials. Materials created or developed specifically for a City agency or program (e.g., research, reports and promotional materials) will be owned by the City.


TIMELINE

Application Deadline:

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on 11/12/17

Artist Finalist Interviews:

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 10am-1pm
To take place at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Artist Selection/Notification: 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Residency Start Date:

Monday, January 8, 2017

Residency End Date:

Tuesday, January 8, 2018

 

 

If you have questions about the application process or residency structure, please contact us at PAIR@culture.nyc.gov.

This open call does not represent any obligation or agreement whatsoever on the part of the City. The City is under no legal obligation to select an artist for the residency, and the City reserves the right to reject any or all applications, amend or withdraw this open call in whole or in part, and negotiate with one or more artist(s).
ABOUT PAIR

Launched in 2015, the Department of Cultural Affairs’ municipal residency program, Public Artists in Residence (PAIR), is based on the premise that artists are creative problem solvers. To that end, DCLA embeds socially engaged artists in New York City municipal agencies in order to use creative, collaborative art practice to propose and implement creative solutions to pressing civic challenges.

Cycle 1 of PAIR brought together the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs + Tania Bruguera, the Department of Veteran’s Services + Social Design Collective and Bryan Doerries/Theater of War Productions, the Administration for Children’s Services + the Lost Collective, the Department of Design and Construction + Mary Miss, and the New York Housing Authority + Jay Boeuy and Paloma McGregor. These partnerships – some of which are still ongoing – vary greatly in concept, scope, duration, and populations engaged, and their successes are driven by the artist-led, collaborative process that PAIR has provided.


RESIDENCY STRUCTURE

PAIR residencies begin with a required orientation session, which launches an approximately three-month Research Phase. This Phase is a time for the artist and agency to establish mutual trust through shared exposure to each other’s work and process—the artist shadows agency staff and attends meetings, and in turn the agency hosts an artist talk and visits the artist at their studio. The end of the Research Phase is marked by the artist proposing a project, designed in collaboration with the host agency, to produce during the remaining 8 months of the residency. The project must include one public-facing event or component. The Implementation Phase continues for the duration of the residency (approximately 8 months), and both DCLA and the host agency will offer necessary support to assist the artist during the project’s production.

Throughout the residency, the artist and agencies have weekly check-ins by phone or in-person to assist in project production. In addition, there will be ongoing documentation of the residency and an internal evaluation conducted; both designed to be tools for advancing the work of the artist and the agency.


PAIR: CYCLE 2

In January 2018, DCLA will launch the next cycle of PAIRs with a new cohort of New York City municipal partners. DCLA and its partners are currently seeking artists for:

  • NYC Department of Correction (Rikers Island)
  • NYC Department of Probation
  • NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence

This is an open call for a Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) for the New York City Mayor's Office to Combat Domestic Violence. Additional open call applications can be found here. Artists may apply to multiple open calls, but can only be selected for one position. A separate application must be submitted for each agency.


ABOUT THE MAYOR’S OFFICE TO COMBAT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence (OCDV) formulates policies and programs, coordinates the citywide delivery of domestic violence services, and works with diverse communities to increase awareness about domestic violence and the services available for victims and their children. Among its key initiatives, OCDV operates the NYC Family Justice Centers which provide co-located comprehensive civil legal, criminal justice, counseling and supportive services for victims of intimate partner violence.


THE CHALLENGE(S)

While there were over 62,000 client visits to the five NYC Family Justice Centers last year, the data consistently shows the challenges we face reaching particularly vulnerable communities. These communities include those isolated by location, culture, language, disability and/or gender identity and sexual orientation. We understand that it is critical to engage these communities and connect victims to services as many of these most vulnerable victims do not reach out to existing systems for help, resulting in increasingly adverse consequences including intimate partner violence-related homicide. Effectively engaging these more isolated communities requires a creative, multi-layered approach that involves increasing awareness about intimate partner violence, reframing help-seeking behaviors, building trust in systems, reducing barriers to access and mobilizing community level interventions to ensure that every victim is supported in their efforts to build lives free from abuse.  We also know that in order to advance our work and build healthier relationships and communities we must identify ways to better address the people who perpetrate this violence in addition to providing support and service options to victims.


THE CALL

Interested artists must submit all of the following application materials:

  1. Framing Question or Area of Inquiry
  2. Statement of Interest
  3. Resume or CV
  4. Two (2) References
  5. Work Sample
  6. Work Sample List


ARTIST FEE AND MATERIALS
The combined PAIR artist fee per residency is not to exceed $40,000: with $20,000 each from DCLA and OCDV under two separate contracts (for the Research and Implementation Phases). Funding is inclusive of related project expenses (e.g., printing, materials, equipment, video production, etc.). Selected artist(s) shall manage the project budget and submit invoices. No additional funding is provided.

Note: Because fair artist wages are immensely important to DCLA, we strongly encourage individual artists for PAIR (as opposed to artist collectives), as PAIR awards are fixed and would have to be shared among collective members. However, collectives are welcome to apply, knowing the financial restrictions.

Additionally, the artist receives:

  • A desk at the host agency, with access based on regular building hours.
  • Access to materials/supplies at DCLA’s Materials for the Arts.

SELECTION PROCESS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA
Artists responses will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from DCLA,
OCDV, and invited professionals with expertise in contemporary art. The panel will review applications for completeness, eligibility, and quality, as well as:

  • Artistic merit and artistic excellence of the proposed project
  • Clarity of framing question or area of inquiry to address during residency
  • Quality of and relevance of the applicant’s prior work
  • Evidence of experience creating socially engaged art and working collaboratively with communities
  • Evidence of experience working at the intersection of art and politics and/or using art for social or political change
  • Evidence of experience developing and engaging in a collaborative process with multiple partners with a high level of competency

Finalists will be asked to interview with the panel prior to final selection.


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
The selected artist(s) should be deeply involved in OCDV
issues, have demonstrated experience with social interventions through artistic practice, and have a desire to work specifically within the framework of intimate partner violence, sexual violence and sex trafficking.  

In addition:

  • Applications will be accepted from individual artists or artist collectives only (artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit organization or a for-profit entity).  
  • Artists can apply directly without a fiscal sponsor. 
  • Artists must be 18 years of age of older and residents of New York City.
  • Artists must be eligible to work in New York City. 
  • Artists may not be currently enrolled in school.

ARTIST AGREEMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 

Selected artists must sign a PAIR Agreement. DCLA recognizes the importance of intellectual property rights to artists who participate in the residency program. It is anticipated that artist(s) will retain rights for non-commercial use of works developed during the residency (e.g., visual art, performances and literary materials), subject to the City’s rights to use such materials.  Materials created or developed specifically for a City agency or program (e.g., research, reports and promotional materials) will be owned by the City.


TIMELINE

Application Deadline:

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on 11/12/17

Artist Finalist Interviews:

Monday, December 4, 2017, 10am-1pm
To take place at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Artist Selection/Notification: 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Residency Start Date:

Monday, January 8, 2017

Residency End Date:

Tuesday, January 8, 2018

 

 

If you have questions about the application process or residency structure, please contact us at PAIR@culture.nyc.gov.


This open call does not represent any obligation or agreement whatsoever on the part of the City. The City is under no legal obligation to select an artist for the residency, and the City reserves the right to reject any or all applications, amend or withdraw this open call in whole or in part, and negotiate with one or more artist(s).











ABOUT PAIR

Launched in 2015, the Department of Cultural Affairs’ municipal residency program, Public Artists in Residence (PAIR), is based on the premise that artists are creative problem solvers. To that end, DCLA embeds socially engaged artists in New York City municipal agencies in order to use creative, collaborative art practice to propose and implement creative solutions to pressing civic challenges.

Cycle 1 of PAIR brought together the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs + Tania Bruguera, the Department of Veteran’s Services + Social Design Collective and Bryan Doerries/Theater of War Productions, the Administration for Children’s Services + the Lost Collective, the Department of Design and Construction + Mary Miss, and the New York Housing Authority + Jay Boeuy and Paloma McGregor. These partnerships – some of which are still ongoing – vary greatly in concept, scope, duration, and populations engaged, and their successes are driven by the artist-led, collaborative process that PAIR has provided.


RESIDENCY STRUCTURE

PAIR residencies begin with a required orientation session, which launches an approximately three-month Research Phase. This Phase is a time for the artist and agency to establish mutual trust through shared exposure to each other’s work and process—the artist shadows agency staff and attends meetings, and in turn the agency hosts an artist talk and visits the artist at their studio. The end of the Research Phase is marked by the artist proposing a project, designed in collaboration with the host agency, to produce during the remaining 8 months of the residency. The project must include one public-facing event or component. The Implementation Phase continues for the duration of the residency (approximately 8 months), and both DCLA and the host agency will offer necessary support to assist the artist during the project’s production.

Throughout the residency, the artist and agencies have weekly check-ins by phone or in-person to assist in project production. In addition, there will be ongoing documentation of the residency and an internal evaluation conducted; both designed to be tools for advancing the work of the artist and the agency.


PAIR: CYCLE 2

In January 2018, DCLA will launch the next cycle of PAIRs with a new cohort of New York City municipal partners. DCLA and its partners are currently seeking artists for:

  • NYC Department of Correction (Rikers Island)
  • NYC Department of Probation
  • NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence

This is an open call for a Public Artist in Residence (PAIR) for the New York City Department of Correction. Additional open call applications can be found here. Artists may apply to multiple open calls, but can only be selected for one position. A separate application must be submitted for each agency.


ABOUT THE NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTION

The New York City Department of Correction (DOC) provides for the care, custody, and control of persons accused of crimes or convicted and sentenced to one year or less of jail time. The DOC manages 12 facilities. As part of the criminal justice system, the DOC is dedicated to enhancing public safety by maintaining a safe and secure environment for our staff, while providing individuals in custody with the tools and opportunities they need to successfully re-enter their communities. The Division of Youthful Offenders and the Adult Programming Division are tasked with creating opportunities and partnerships for meaningful programming interventions pre-release and for comprehensive reentry services post-release in an effort to reduce idle time and recidivism. Programming is a key component within DOC’s violence reduction strategy.


THE CHALLENGE(S)

DOC and DCLA seek a Public Artist in Residence to work on Rikers Island. Rikers Island houses detainees who are awaiting trial and individuals who have been sentenced to one year or less. There are 9 facilities on Rikers Island and three borough facilities. The DOC’s Programming Divisions are responsible for the in-custody design and implementation of effective programs and reentry planning. Programming Divisions will likely be the main point of contact and intervention for the selected artist. There are a number of constraints impacting how these goals can be met and we continue to explore innovative ways to address the key reasons individuals become involved with the criminal justice system (including criminogenic behaviors and socio-economic factors such as housing and employment). Our main goals for programmatic intervention are to enable individuals to gain both hard and soft skills necessary for their lives during incarceration and after release; to reduce idle time and institutional violence during incarceration; and to develop a positive rapport between the population and uniformed DOC staff. When designing programs and projects, it is particularly important to consider that the length of stay varies greatly between individuals, with some in the facilities for days and others for years. It is our hope that using tools of collaborative art practice and artistic expression will result in a unique perspective and contribute to the transformation among DOC staff and the population served.   


ARTIST FEE AND MATERIALS
The combined PAIR artist fee per residency is not to exceed $40,000; with $20,000 each from DCLA and the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York under two separate contracts (for the Research and Implementation Phases). Funding is inclusive of related project expenses (e.g., printing, materials, equipment, video production, etc.). Selected artist(s) shall manage the project budget and submit invoices. No additional funding is provided.

Note: We strongly encourage individual artists for PAIR (as opposed to artist collectives), as PAIR awards are fixed and would have to be shared among collective members. However, collectives are welcome to apply, knowing the financial restrictions.

Additionally, the artist receives:

  • A desk at the host agency, with access based on regular building hours.
  • Access to materials/supplies at DCLA’s Materials for the Arts.

SELECTION PROCESS AND EVALUATION CRITERIA
Artists responses will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from DCLA,
DOC, and invited professionals with expertise in contemporary art. The panel will review applications for completeness, eligibility, and quality, as well as:

  • Artistic merit and artistic excellence of the proposed project
  • Clarity of framing question or area of inquiry to address during residency
  • Quality of and relevance of the applicant’s prior work
  • Evidence of experience creating socially engaged art and working collaboratively with communities
  • Evidence of experience working at the intersection of art and politics and/or using art for social or political change
  • Evidence of experience developing and engaging in a collaborative process with multiple partners with a high level of competency

Finalists will be asked to interview prior to final selection.


APPLICANT ELIGIBILITY
The selected artist(s) should be deeply involved in criminal justice
issues, have demonstrated experience with social interventions through artistic practice, and have a desire to work specifically within the framework of a correctional, jail-based setting.

In addition:

  • Applications will be accepted from individual artists or artist collectives only (artists cannot apply for or receive funds on behalf of a non-profit organization or a for-profit entity).  
  • Artists must be 18 years of age of older and residents of New York City.
  • Artists must be eligible to work in New York City. 
  • Artists may not be currently enrolled in school.
  • Selected artist must pass mandatory Agency-specific clearances and trainings to participate in PAIR. 

ARTIST AGREEMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS 

Selected artists must sign a PAIR Agreement. DCLA recognizes the importance of intellectual property rights to artists who participate in the residency program. It is anticipated that artist(s) will retain rights for non-commercial use of works developed during the residency (e.g., visual art, performances and literary materials), subject to the City’s rights to use such materials. Materials created or developed specifically for a City agency or program (e.g., research, reports and promotional materials) will be owned by the City.


TIMELINE

Application Deadline:

Sunday, November 12, 2017
Applications must be submitted online by 11:59pm on 11/12/17

Artist Finalist Interviews:

Tuesday, December 5, 2017, 10am-1pm
To take place at the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs

Artist Selection/Notification: 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Residency Start Date:

Monday, January 8, 2017

Residency End Date:

Tuesday, January 8, 2018

 

 

If you have questions about the application process or residency structure, please contact us at PAIR@culture.nyc.gov.


This open call does not represent any obligation or agreement whatsoever on the part of the City. The City is under no legal obligation to select an artist for the residency, and the City reserves the right to reject any or all applications, amend or withdraw this open call in whole or in part, and negotiate with one or more artist(s).