Residencies in social practice

Residencies in social practice

School of Visual Arts (SVA)

Photo: Rodrigo Viñas.
February 16, 2015
Residencies in social practice

School of Visual Arts (SVA)
209 East 23rd Street
New York, NY 10010

Residencies in social practice provide artists and designers opportunities to impact the social landscape and engage communities.

The following programs are available this summer:

City as Site: Public Art as Social Intervention
IMPACT! Design for Social Change
Implementing Impact! Strategies for Creative Intervention


City as Site: Public Art as Social Intervention
Dates: June 15–26, 2015
Tuition: 2,000 USD

City as Site is a nomadic summer residency that explores the diverse communities that define New York City with the aim of creating site-specific public works. Like a public laboratory, this program brings together artists, scholars and community members to think about the role of art in constructing space for civic dialogue. Participants will develop experimental models for an artistic practice that combine methods from the arts, activism, and other fields in order to cultivate innovative approaches to the construction of social spaces as works of art.

Faculty have included Ofri Cnaani (visual artist), Kendal Henry (public art, urban design consultant; visual artist; curator), Ed Woodham (artist, founder and director, Art in Odd Places). Guest lecturers have included: Rachel Falcone & Michael Premo (Housing as a Human Right), Tom Finkelpearl (New York City Department of Cultural Affairs), Lisa Kim (Two Trees), Micaela Martegani (More Art), Jenny Polak (artist and activist), Todd Shalom (Elastic City), Radhika Subramaniam (Parsons The New School for Design), Charlie Todd (Improv Everywhere), Risë Wilson  (The Laundromat Project & Robert Rauschenberg Foundation), and Caroline Woolard (OurGoods & Trade School).


IMPACT! Design for Social Change
Dates: July 6–August 17, 2015
Tuition: 6,000 USD

Design innovation is a powerful process for non-profits to discover, incubate and implement meaningful projects to serve communities; social consciousness is an effective and competitive position for all types of businesses. How does a creative professional emerge as a social impact designer and move project ideas forward? Impact! Design for Social Change is a six-week summer intensive exploring the many roles creatives can play when executing socially minded work with a focus on social entrepreneurship and collaborative community projects. Along with the support of an experienced faculty, studio participants connect with a wide range of tools to develop meaningful social impact.

Now in its sixth year, IMPACT! Design For Social Change will be led by Mark Randall (Worldstudio) with John Bruce (Forward Mapworks), Bob McKinnon (Galewill) and Laetitia Wolff (Design Curator, Strategist and Author).


Implementing Impact! 
Strategies for Creative Intervention
Dates: June 21–26, 2015
Tuition: 1,000 USD

While the road to social change is paved with good ideas and good intentions, this does not mean these concepts ever reach their full potential. For an idea to be sustainable it needs to be more than a good idea, it needs to be built on a solid strategic foundation. This one-week workshop will focus on three critical areas: ecosystem mapping, creative sessions and prototyping. Students will develop the strategic foundation for a socially minded, design-driven project and leave with an understanding of the steps needed to make it a reality.

This program will be led by John Bruce (Forward Mapworks) and Mark Randall (Worldstudio).

Guest lecturers for the Impact! programs have included Asi Burak (Games for Change), John Carlin (Funny Garbage), Allan Chochinov (core 77), Robert Fabricant (Dalberg), Lara Galinsky, (Echoing Green), Christine Gaspar (Center for Urban Pedagogy), David Gibson (Two Twelve), Milton Glaser, Scott Harrison (Charity Water), Panthea Lee (Reboot), Jason Rzepka (MTV), Ed Schlossberg (ESI Design), Ada Tolla and Giuseppe Lignano (Lot-ek), Cameron Tonkinwise (Carnegie Mellon) and Katrin Verclas (MobileActive).


Applications are now available for SVA’s summer residencies in New York City, offering artists, designers and creative thinkers time, space and a supportive community in which to develop ideas and focus on their artistic direction.

In addition to our time-honored studio residencies, a variety of innovative professional immersion programs provide opportunities for artists to explore new areas of social and technological practice and engage critically within their field. A unique combination of creative and professional resources provides a rich environment for growth and opportunity in the current, vibrant art scene.



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