Moving Toward Justice

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The Moving Toward Justice Cohort is designed to support high potential projects that use art as a tool for activism and social impact. With a focus on entrepreneurship, social engagement, and mobilization alongside artistry, Moving Toward Justice Cohort members will work in community to:

  • Evolve their practice
  • Develop, plan, and implement projects that address social issues or catalyze activism
  • Create pathways toward sustainability for their projects
  • Address some of the most complex issues of today
  • Build a powerful learning community with a culture of collaboration and entrepreneurship

This program made possible by lead support from the Bay & Paul Foundations.

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The Cohort is a structured, six-month program for six New York City-based artists or collectives. Cohort members will each receive:

  • Monthly ZOOM sessions for six months
  • A $6,000 stipend to develop and incubate their projects
  • Direct support from Gina Gibney and Gibney staff
  • Support from a community of peers working to address change through the power of art

Cohort members will be required to attend all monthly group meetings, work individually for 2 months, and invest significant time outside of the focused sessions, engaging in active research, planning, and execution of their projects.


Each Cohort member will receive a $6,000 stipend to support the development of their project. The Cohort members will be encouraged to match their project budget by cultivating in-kind support, contributed income, earned income, and other resources.


Gina Gibney will facilitate with additional support provided by Gibney staff and guest artists.


Cohort members will work in concert with their peers, and directly with Gina Gibney. Additional support will be provided by Gibney staff and guest artists. Cohort members will be awarded a $6,000 stipend, to be allocated in increments throughout the project.


There is a 2-tiered application process including an open call for Letters of Interest, followed by an invitation to submit a full Project Proposal.


  • Current Resumé or Bio
  • Please share any background and experience that you feel would be relevant to this project. (Up to 150 words)
  • Overview of proposed project, and it’s intended outcome. (Up to 250 words)
  • Why do you want to participate in this project at this particular
  • time? How does it fit with your developing goals or interests? (Up to 250 words)

15 applicants will be chosen to submit a second application with a full Project Proposal.


  • Project Description – two page summary of project concept, purpose and anticipated outcomes/results
  • Personal Statement – essay or video addressing why participation in the Cohort is important/urgent
  • Proposed Project Budget – a preliminary outline of anticipated income and expenses
  • Verification Form – signed confirmation of the artist/collective’s ability and commitment to meet time requirements
  • Work Samples (Optional)
  • Letters of Recommendation – 2-3 letters addressing the artist/collective’s past work and ability to achieve the stated goals of the project

Six Fellowships are awarded.

Emphasis will be made in the selection process to creating a community of participants diverse in gender, race, sexual orientation, age, economic status and ability.

2019-2020 COHORT

Gibney is thrilled to welcome the Moving Toward Justice Cohort 2.0. Read more.