About Stable Ground

The Stable Ground Project

Funded by a generous grant from The Kresge Foundation, Stable Ground will address the complex relationship between chronic housing insecurity, its psychologically traumatic impact, and municipal housing policy through participatory community-based art and culture programming that is structured to inform the work of the City of Boston’s Office of Housing Stability. We will embed artists, legal designers, and trauma experts into community/municipal settings to generate outcomes that contribute to local visual/performing arts exhibits and art-making events. These events will include facilitated conversations among artists, residents, activists, organizers, experts, and municipal leaders, all structured to inform existing OHS services and those in development. Outcomes and learning will be captured in a project report and evaluation suitable for publication. We expect to see a greater shared understanding among project participants of the nature and scope of the traumatic impact of housing insecurity and to see that understanding reflected in policies and programs developed by OHS, and in the future community work of the other partnership organizations. We hope to influence the work of other individuals, organizations, and municipalities through our published report and evaluation.

Stable Ground is a collaboration among four organizations. The NuLawLab engages arts-based disciplines to create new models of legal empowerment. The Office of Housing Stability creates new programs and policies to support the creation, maintenance and preservation of secure and affordable housing. Violence Transformed fosters creative action to overcome violence and extends trauma-informed training to community-based groups. The Domestic Violence Institute provides focused community education with the goal of helping people break the cycle of violence.

Project Partners


Stable Ground Boston Artist Residency Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY

Individual artists or artist collectives
A U.S. citizen or a permanent legal resident
A working artist with at least five years of professional experience working with community groups
Located in the Boston Area
Willing to work as a part of a creative team that includes lawyers and law students
Special emphasis on artists working in social practice

Selection Process
At this time we are seeking artists to apply based on a call for qualifications. Please see the submission guidelines below. We will work with a community advisory group to select three artists from the local community.

Payment Schedule:
The award will be divided up into three payments according to the below time schedule:

  • January 2, 2018: $4,000
  • March 30, 2018: $3,000
  • December 1, 2018: $3,000 (following submission of the final grant report and project publication)

SUBMISSION PROCESS 

To be considered for a residency, please provide the following via our online form. The information you will need to provide in the form is listed below for your convenience.

Full Name(s)
Collaborative Information (if relevant)
Address
Phone Alternative Phone
Email Address
Website (optional)
Other Contact Information

  • A LETTER OF INTEREST that provides responses to the following questions:
  1. Please describe your creative interests in this project.
  2. How do you plan to go about engaging the community to foster their interest and participation?
  3. Describe how the creative process might be used to inform public policy?
  4. Describe two projects or situations through which you have worked at the community level using art as the method of building community connection?
  5. What makes you qualified and the right person to be selected to initiate social change in this community?
  6. Please describe some of your past work engaging community and/or leading social change.
  7. What sets you apart from other applicants for this project?
  • WORK SAMPLES in any format that best showcases your work, including jpg, pdf, print, video, and audio files. Please contact Jules Rochielle Sievert (contact information below) if you seek to submit large digital files that are not easily transmitted by email.
  • RESUME or CV
  • THREE PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES

WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DUE AND WHERE SHOULD IT BE SENT?

Applications should be submitted either online via our submission form on this website, submitted via email to Jules Rochielle Sievert, or mailed to arrive at NuLawLab no later than November 3, 2017.

Submissions will be accepted through this online form or by mail, to be received no later than November 3, 2017:

NuLawLab
Northeastern University School of Law
Room 102 Dockser Hall
360 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115

STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?
Please feel free to email any questions you may still have to Jules Rochielle Sievert at: j.sievert@northeastern.edu

More information about the Stable Ground project can be found at: http://nulawlab.org/view/stable-ground.

Apply Here

Stable Ground Boston Artist Residency: Request for Qualifications (RFQ)
Please ensure that your Letter of Interest addresses the questions as outlined on the Residency Info Page.
(optional)
Max upload size is 64MB. If your file(s) is/are larger, feel free to provide a URL to Dropbox, Google Drive, youtube, Vimeo, etc. instead. Please compile your work samples into as few presentable files as possible, i.e. string videos together into one video reel, compile one master .pdf for series of images, etc.
Max upload size is 64MB. If your file(s) is/are larger, feel free to provide a URL to Dropbox, Google Drive, youtube, Vimeo, etc. instead. Please compile your work samples into as few presentable files as possible, i.e. string videos together into one video reel, compile one master .pdf for series of images, etc.
Max upload size is 64MB. If your file(s) is/are larger, feel free to provide a URL to Dropbox, Google Drive, youtube, Vimeo, etc. instead. Please compile your work samples into as few presentable files as possible, i.e. string videos together into one video reel, compile one master .pdf for series of images, etc.
Please describe your submitted work(s) and provide URLs for access if necessary.