Call for Forecast’s third Change Lab Research Fellow, focusing on Climate Resilience in Public Art
Supporting the efforts around dismantling harmful systems is built into the way we work, and we are acting to address collective trauma and reckon with systemic racism and inequities in the public art field. Our new Change Lab Research Fellowships aim to produce new research and policy suggestions to advance justice, health and human dignity in the field of public art in the United States. We are thrilled to announce the launching of our next Change Lab Research Fellow, who will focus on Climate Resilience in Public Art.
We are excited to see a new Fellow begin this role, and look forward to together developing a national public art policy platform rooted in justice, health and human dignity for Black, Brown, and Indigenous people.
Organization: Forecast Public Art
Program: Change Lab Research Fellowship
Focus: Climate Resilience in Public Art
Forecast’s Change Lab is looking for a Research Fellow to bridge the worlds of climate resilience and public art, in order to make a tangible impact on national public art policy.
The Fellowship entails
- Focused Research: The Fellowship will be centered on the critical topic of climate resilience and its intersection with public art.
- National Policy Platform: Research from the Fellowship will include recommendations on how to address climate resilience in public art policy. The Fellow’s research findings will contribute to the development of a national public art policy platform that prioritizes justice, health, and human dignity for historically marginalized communities.
- Model of Change: The final report created during the Fellowship will become a model for shaping the future of public art programs and policies, with a focus on equity and sustainability.
Over 6 months, the Fellow will
- Conduct in-depth research on climate resilience and environmental justice and public art’s role in addressing these topics.
- Develop a report of your findings that can be shared
- Influence the development of a national public art policy platform that addresses the needs of marginalized communities.
The application will ask for a 1000 word research statement and proposal that explains how this Fellowship fits within your body of work, and what you propose to do during the 6 month Fellowship. It will also ask for 5 work samples that show how you synthesize and communicate research findings and recommendations to a public audience.
Application Deadline: 11:59pm CT, February 18, 2024
This Fellowship begins April 1, 2024.
Research Statement + Proposal
Research proposals may address questions such as:
- What do public art programs need to consider related to policy and climate resilience in order to benefit BIPOC communities?
- Where are the potential partnerships and collaborations between public artists and current climate policy?
Key Fellowship Details
- Duration: 200 hours over 6 months.
- Stipend: $5,000.
- Location: Fellows work remotely, allowing flexibility in their home base.
Graduate students, recent college graduates, doctoral and post-doctoral researchers, artists, and public art professionals with a working knowledge of public art in the US and some experience in research in the specified topic area are encouraged to apply.
More information about the Climate Resilience Fellowship
Forecast Public Art, through its Change Lab Research Fellowship, is seeking a Change Lab Research Fellow who will champion the cause of climate resilience and environmental justice as a central theme in the realm of public art. Our Change Lab Research Fellows delve deep into areas of critical importance, generating insights to collectively craft a national public art policy platform grounded in principles of justice, health, and human dignity for Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
Extreme weather events, pollution, rising temperatures and sea levels, and devastating natural disasters are affecting vulnerable populations unequally, exacerbating social and economic inequalities. Addressing climate change is not merely a matter of environmental concern; it is a pressing issue of social justice and human rights. In this battle for a sustainable future, artists are emerging as powerful allies and leaders, employing their creativity to spark conversations, mobilize communities, and advocate for climate justice. From coastal regions threatened by rising sea levels to Indigenous communities facing displacement due to environmental degradation, artists shine a spotlight on the disproportionate impacts on marginalized populations. These communities, with their history of being disproportionately affected by environmental injustices, are often underrepresented in decision-making processes.
Artists can play a pivotal role in bridging this gap, using their skills to amplify the voices of those most affected by climate change and to advocate for more equitable and just solutions. The reports developed by Fellows through the Change Lab will serve as a beacon of transformation for public art programs, policies, and processes.
For examples of artists practicing this work, explore FORWARD Issue 6: Climate, where we highlight the specific roles artists are playing in the effort to tackle climate change, through case studies on projects spanning the globe.
About the Change Lab
In the Change Lab, we catalyze new thinking, test new approaches, and creatively disrupt the status quo to advance justice in the field of public art. We also pilot new ways of working within the field of public art and allied fields through cross-sector partnerships, on the ground research, and deep community engagement, working with communities to address inequities in all facets of public art.
We will hold a national convening to share back the research and recommendations from all of our Research Fellows, as well as creative visions we gathered through creative listening sessions we held with BIPOC artists and admins across the country in 2023. This convening will also serve as an opportunity for the public art policy platform to be created collaboratively and shared widely.
Future work in the Change Lab will be informed by the public art policy platform, turning concept into concrete action.
Join us in this impactful journey, where your research can be a catalyst for change, advocating for climate resilience and environmental justice in public art.
Together, we’ll redefine the landscape of public art for the better.