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More Art

NEW YORK, NY

More Art supports collaborations between artists and the public to create art experiences and educational programs that inspire social justice.

Since its inception in 2004, More Art has produced a wide range of projects reflecting the concerns and challenges of various New York City communities. The organization’s work started in Chelsea, which, like many areas in the city, underwent a dramatic period of gentrification, transforming a working class neighborhood into the epicenter of the contemporary art world but in turn marginalizing many long-time, low-income residents. More Art focused on building collaborations between neighbors by creating opportunities for a creative community education and public art projects. In 2008, for instance, the month-long Chelsea Art Project featured three public art installations by artists Tony Oursler, Anthony Goicolea, and Nicola Verlato that were directly inspired by Chelsea’s complex architectural history and socio-economic fabric. More Art has also worked with public schools including the LAB School for Collaborative Studies, the Liberty High School and the Clinton Middle School for Artists and Writers.

In recent years, More Art has reached beyond Chelsea in order to address a broader range of issues and engage a growing audience. Expanding on the original mission, More Art and commissioned artists work with communities chronically underrepresented in public space, including: senior citizens and war veterans, as evidenced by Kimsooja‘s (2010) and Krzysztof Wodiczko‘s projects (2012); New York’s homeless and transient population, through Andres Serrano’s Residents of New York, (2014); recent immigrants through Andrea Mastrovito’s NYSFERATU: Symphony of a Century, (2017); those effected by environmental and congenital breathing issues, through Sari Carel's Out of Thin Air; and LGBTQ asylum seekers through Shimon Attie's Night Watch.  Consequently, More Art’s projects have grown increasingly ambitious, transcending the traditional boundaries of public art and expanding into workshops, lectures and panel discussions. As an example, in 2014 the organization launched the ongoing Engaging Artists Fellowship which has served 60 emerging artists to date.

Engaging Artists is More Art’s fellowship program for NYC-based artists seeking to both develop and sustain their socially-engaged public art practice in collaboration with advocacy organizations, schools, coalitions, unions, groups of neighbors, and the public at large.  The Fellowship is designed to support a cohort working on developing works from the research phase to public presentation. Along with professional development, mentorship, community engagement, and peer networking programs, fellows have the opportunity to apply for project support and funding for research, workshops, and staging public works.