The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced the launch of an initiative aimed at providing support and partnerships for artists working and living in New York City.
The lead component in the initiative — part of the museum's City-Wide program, a $6 million effort funded by the William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust — is the Civic Practice Partnership, a collaborative residency program for New York City artists committed to social change. The first two artists selected for the program — choreographer and performance artist Rashida Bumbray and multimedia visual artist Miguel Luciano — will spend a year working with the museum to develop collaborations within their communities: Bedford-Stuyvesant in Brooklyn (Bumbray) and East Harlem in Manhattan (Luciano).
A second component, the Civic Practice Seminar, will engage a group of individuals who work in cultural fields — including visual artists, musicians, and writers — in a five-month experiential learning program. Selected through an open application process, participating artists will receive a stipend for their participation, which will include working closely with Bumbray, Luciano, and Met staff to fine-tune their skills in the areas of community engagement, social practice, and reciprocal relationship building.
"Both the Civic Practice Partnership and Seminar programs engage with artists and individuals who think creatively, critically, and beyond the traditional boundaries of their artistic practice," said Met president and CEO Daniel H. Weiss. "This initiative is part of our ongoing efforts to deepen the Met's engagement with communities throughout New York City."