The Harlem Arts Alliance is pleased to share the following information from the Harlem Veteran's Center and the NYC Department of Cultural Affair with our network.
The Harlem Veteran's Center, the Mayor's Office for Veteran Affairs (MOVA) and NYC Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA) are seeking an artist-in-residence at the Harlem Vet Center to use his/her art practice to reach more women veterans and bring them closer to the services and resources available at the Center.
Reaching Women Veterans through the Arts
The Harlem Vet Center is particularly interested in utilizing the arts to engage women veterans. Women veterans are often considered “the lost and forgotten.” They do not always view themselves as veterans, and often times are not aware of, nor do they take advantage of available services. The Harlem Vet Center is committed to reaching this particularly vulnerable population and is interested in engaging an artist to help the effort.
MOVA and DCLA are joining together to offer a residency opportunity for an artist to develop and implement a project that specifically targets women veterans and encourages them to join the veteran community.
The artist-in-residence would have experience in working collaboratively with communities and ideally, would facilitate a program that engages soldiers, their families, and to an extent, the Center’s surrounding community over an eight-month period beginning in fall, 2015.
The selected artist should be interested in veterans’ issues, have experience with social interventions through artistic practice, and have a desire to foster community among the Vet Center population. Additionally, the artist should locate opportunities to connect the Vet Center to the public from the surrounding neighborhood. Once an artist is selected, Vet Center staff, as well as representatives from MOVA and DCLA, will work with the artist to refine project goals and coordinate a schedule for residency activities and use of facilities.
We hope you will be encouraged to make a submission or will encourage someonein your network to submit. Complete details are attached.