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OPEN CALL : Column Shifting – Stability and Cultural Equity Residency


Column Shifting is a research and public programming initiative at Flux Factory that will provide funded housing for 2 selected participants exploring the relationship between financial stability and cultural equity in small art spaces in NYC.

Grassroots non-commercial art spaces like Flux Factory strive to play a key role in creating opportunity for all types of artistic experimentation regardless of race, socioeconomic status, or gender identity. At the same time, these small venues often struggle to survive both financially and legally. A disproportionate amount of administrative time can be spent on keeping the organization afloat, rather than fulfilling their mission statement and artistic practices. The demographics of which spaces survive and which spaces don’t closely fall along class and race lines.

We’re looking for research-based cultural producers, activists, journalists, social justice organizers, academics, etc. to continue ongoing work or propose a new project that works with the relationship between financial sustainability and cultural equity in small art spaces.

The project provides funded housing for 2 selected participants for 2-3 months in March to June 2017, and supports a variety of public programming from late 2016 to mid 2017.

Submission deadline: Thursday November 10th, 2016, 11:59 pm

Notification of acceptance: December 1st

Residency #1: March 1st – June 1st, 2017 (3 months)

Residency #2: April 1st – June 1st, 2017 (2 months)

** While rent will be fully-funded, recipients will be responsible for paying utility & food costs, estimated at $150/month.


We are defining cultural researchers very broadly and includes academic researchers, journalists, artists, activists, and filmmakers, etc.

While we are open to a wide range of proposals and are excited to expand the field, what we’re particularly looking for from applicants is 1) a clear history of working with these themes 2) a proposal for a project or research agenda 3) a proposal for public programming.

Submission Guidelines

Please email submissions in pdf format to and include the following:

  • Bio or artist statement
  • CV
  • Description of proposed research
  • Proposal of possible public presentation of your work (e.g. exhibition, workshops, discussions, presentations, performances, or actions)
  • Specify whether you are applying for 2 or 3 months
  • Work samples: up to 10 examples of past projects or research
  • List of submitted work samples, including brief descriptions of the work

*note: if applying as a group you may upload multiple bio’s and cv’s as a single PDF

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