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Position Open for Student Fellow in Art + Social Justice

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The Vera List Center for Art and Politics (VLC) seeks a Student Fellow to participate in the newly launched Art and Social Justice Working Group (ASJWG) and to connect those conversations to students across The New School in the 2014-15 academic year.

The ASJWG is a new joint initiative launched by the VLC at The New School and A Blade of Grass. Its goal is to bring together diverse practitioners in the field of art and social justice to establish a common framework for discussing, planning, and evaluating this growing field. The question of the agency of art, and an effort to foster clarity of understanding about the interrelated roles of aesthetics, form, political engagement, and social change drive this group.

The VLC seeks a graduate student from any program across The New School who is passionate about this topic. The Student Fellow will actively engage in dialogue among ASJWG participants leading up to and at each meeting, and activate students in those conversations. The VLC encourages the appointed Fellow to connect the conversations around art and social justice to their own research or creative practice.

This fellowship involves:

  • Attendance at all four evening ASJWG meetings in 2014-15, the first three are scheduled for: Oct 7, Dec 10, and Feb 19.
  • Serve as liaison between ASJWG and the student community across The New School.
  • Coordinate culminating public event around ASJWG themes for the student community in spring 2015.
  • Written reflections after each ASJWG meeting posted on the VLC website.
  • Conduct research related to the core topics that determine each ASJWG meeting.
  • Logistics related to meeting preparation in collaboration with VLC staff.

The Student Fellow will dedicate approximately 5 hours per week for 15 weeks each semester in 2014-15 and will be awarded a $750 honorarium each semester. Regular office hours are not required, although the Student Fellow will be invited to related meetings.

To apply send a resume, the name of one faculty reference, and a cover letter that addresses 1) why you’re interested in joining this group, and 2) ideas about how you can involve other students in this conversation. Optionally include any relevant writing sample or links to writing online. Email your application to by September 15, 2014.

The Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School is dedicated to serving as a catalyst for the discourse on the role of the arts in society and their relationship to the sociopolitical climate in which they are created.

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