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Moving Toward Justice

Group Workshop in a dance studio. Moving Toward Justice
In these challenging social and political times, an increasing number of artists want to use their work to activate social change.

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

The application process for the 2020 Cohort is now open. Learn more below and submit a Letter of Intent by January 27.

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

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

  • Monthly four-hour group sessions for eight months
  • Two individual feedback sessions
  • A $6,000 stipend to develop and incubate their projects
  • A $1,000 resource budget
  • $500 worth of studio space
  • Direct support from Gina Gibney, a Project Administrator, and a designated Mentor
  • Opportunity to collectively curate professional development sessions with experts in the field
  • Access to infrastructural support and resources at Gibney
  • Support from a community of peers working to address change through the power of art

Cohort members will be required to attend all eight 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.

Dates & Details

Info Sessions
January 21, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
January 23, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Letter of Intent Due: January 27, 2020, 11:59 pm
Invitation to Submit Full Proposal Issued: February 4, 2020
Full Application Due: February 17, 2020, 11:59 pm
Announcement of Fellowship Recipients: March 3, 2020, 2020

March 19, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
April 16, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
May 21, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
June 18, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
September 17, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
October 22, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
November 19, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
December 8, 2020 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

Apply for the 2020 Cohort

To be eligible to participate you must:

  • Have experience working in the arts with preference given to artists working in dance or performance.
  • Have a defined arts-centered project that addresses a critical social justice issue, including but not limited to: economic justice; racial, gender, and social equity; immigration; the environment; mass incarceration; intimate partner and gender-based violence; human trafficking; free expression; and disability rights
  • Commit to attending all sessions in person
  • Be over the age of 21
  • Be legally eligible for employment in the United States

The Cohort is intended to support projects that prioritize social action outcomes. Examples of projects that would not be eligible are purely artistic projects or the creation of political artwork that does not directly and specifically catalyze activism beyond the immediate participants. Here are the artists we supported last year.

All interested applicants are invited to submit a Letter of Intent by January 27, 2020 at 11:59 pm EST. 15 applicants will be chosen to submit a second application with a full project proposal, and six Fellowships will be awarded.


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 and advisors from various disciplines. Additional support will be provided by a Project Administrator and a designated Mentor who is an expert in some aspect of their field of interest.


Cohort members will work in concert with their peers, and directly with Gina Gibney and advisors from various disciplines. Additional support will be provided by a Project Administrator and a designated Mentor who is an expert in some aspect of their field of interest. Cohort members will be awarded a $6,000 stipend for successful completion of the project, to be awarded in increments throughout the project and subject to ongoing participation and completion of project milestones.


There will be 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 will be 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.