Call For Applications: Social Practice CUNY Initiative for Faculty


Social Practice CUNY (SPCUNY), an initiative based at The CUNY Graduate Center that seeks to amplify the collective power of social practice artists, scholars, and advocates across the CUNY system, is currently seeking the third cohort of SPCUNY Faculty Fellows.

A significant number of CUNY faculty at all levels make public-facing work at the intersection of art and social justice, collaborating with diverse communities at CUNY campuses and throughout the city. This kind of labor complements and informs faculty members’ scholarly and pedagogic work, but remains largely unassisted, unacknowledged, and isolated. The SPCUNY grants for faculty aim to change this by funding faculty-led projects and assembling a cohort of faculty and students committed to socially engaged art. Fellows will receive $2,000 stipends towards the fulfillment of their project and access to Materials for the Arts.

For examples of past and current projects, visit



(Visit for more info and the application link)

Who is eligible? 

All CUNY faculty affiliated with any campus who want to develop a project at the intersection of social justice and art are eligible to apply, regardless of title or rank. Applicants can be teaching (including adjunct) or non-teaching faculty, but they must have an active CUNY appointment in at least the fall semester of their fellowship year. Previous experience in creating social practice work is not required, but applicants should have a project idea that clearly incorporates both art and social justice. Our website showcases work from previous cohorts that will give you an idea of appropriate projects. If you think this program might be a fit for you but you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us!

How do I apply?

Required application materials will all be submitted via the application form, and include a project proposal and a sample of your work, either from your proposed project or past work relevant to this project.

To upload your application materials, please follow this link: and fill in the form by June 30, 2023.