Application Guidelines

The Fellowship for Utopian Practice
Deadline: The deadline has been EXTENDED--now due Monday, September 29, 2014 at 11:59 PM.

Culture Push's Fellowship for Utopian Practice is a testing ground for new ideas that aim to create positive social change through civic engagement and horizontal learning opportunities. Through the Fellowship for Utopian Practice, Culture Push serves artists by providing creative,  analytical, and logistical tools in the creation of truly transformative projects.

The Fellowship program is open to artists and other professionals working in any discipline who wish to expand the boundaries of their practice. Applicants are encouraged to review our organization’s mission before submitting materials. 


To be considered for the Fellowship, projects must:

  • be interactive and engage the public (entirely or in part), in accordance with our mission
Note: Our definition of “civic engagement” includes public talks, live interactive components, skill-shares, participatory performances and similar activities that in some way address the public good and have clearly defined goals for serving as a means of generating social change. 
  • test a new and previously unrealized idea that expands the scope of the applicant's current practice.
  • not be considered as an exhibition or the production of a 'show,' but rather a series of events and/or actions aimed at engaging the public.
  • occur during the Fellowship year (October 2014 - October 2015).
  • take place within the 5 boroughs of NYC (projects may have components outside of this geographic region, but they will not be supported by Culture Push).

If your proposed project is part of a larger piece or series, Culture Push funding may only be applied toward the public engagement component of the project, which should be reflected in your proposal budget. 


  • honoraria for the project ($500)
  • fiscal sponsorship for additional grant-based fundraising and individual contributions
  • strategic meetings with Culture Push staff, including development and production support
  • access to Materials for the Arts
  • networking meetings with Culture Push co-Founders, Executive Director, Staff, Advisors, and other Fellows
  • marketing via the Culture Push network, email list, and social media contacts for promotion purposes

Culture Push does not provide a venue or exhibition space for applicants, but we will work with Fellows to help secure a suitable site. 

Applicants must have at least 3 years of professional experience in their field. Currently enrolled undergraduate students may not apply. Fellows must produce the proposed project during the Fellowship year (October 2013 - October 2014), and within the five boroughs of New York City. Group or collaborative proposals are welcome.

Please send an email to with the subject “Fellowship for Utopian Practice," letting us know how you heard about the Fellowship program, and attach the following materials in a single PDF (5MB or less): 

  1. Project Narrative that describes your proposed project, its goals and timeline, and the link between your project and the Culture Push mission with as much details as possible (500 words max).
  2. A one-page project budget that explains how the Fellowship for Utopian Practice honoraria will be allocated and strategies for additional fundraising (foundations, grants, or direct solicitation), if necessary.
  3. A one-page resume or CV detailing your artistic and/or professional experience. For collaborative proposals, please provide resumes or CVs of each participating artist; collectives should provide a resume for the group's activities.
  4. A sample of no more than 5 images of recent, relevant work and/or a link to online video or audio content that is no more than 5 minutes long. If submitting an audio or video work sample longer than 5 minutes please provide a cue point.

Applicants will be notified in mid-late October 2014.  

Questions? Email us at with the subject line "Fellowship Question."