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Call for Performers, Artist and Social Practice Professionals

As part of a National Endowments for the Arts Our Towns grant awarded to the Hudson River Museum (HRM), Groundwork Hudson Valley on behalf of HRM, invites artists and performers to submit proposals for art workshops and performances that have a community engagement framework, taking place from June to September 2015, centered within downtown Yonkers. Awards range from $600 to $5000.


  • Public/community engagement framework
  • Innovative and unique ways to engage the public
  • Crowd appeal and publicity attractiveness
  • Ability to connect to youth
  • Using cultural assets of the community

Performance/ Workshop Ideas: Some themes that have emerged from recent public engagement and community meetings include:

  • Strong desire to preserve what’s unique and authentic about Yonkers
  • Desire to see more funky, fun, and creative places in the Yonkers, including studios, galleries, and unique shops and food venues
  • Love for the Hudson River
  • Music in Van der Donck Park
  • Children, family and senior art programs
  • Ethnic and cultural diversity as an asset
  • Lighting installations on the rivers and buildings
  • Unique pop-up events
  • Street art
  • Arts training and activities for teens culminating in performances or exhibits
  • Interactive, experiential, immersive, hands-on activities
  • Skateboard activities, acrobat and circus arts
  • Multi-genre dance performances
  • Professional development for artists
  • Interactive, experiential, immersive


Haifa Bint-Kadi, the Director of Community Engagement Through the Arts, an initiative of Groundwork Hudson Valley, and with over 23 years as a Teaching Artist with a Social Engagement practice, will be conducting a series of community engagement trainings for artists seeking to deepen and expand their art practice in community and social engagement.

To have your proposal accepted, each artist must attend ONE of the Community Engagement  trainings taking place on the following dates:

Saturday, May 16, 9:30 – 2:30 pm or

Saturday, May 23, 9:30 – 2:30 pm or

Saturday, May 30, 9:30 – 2:30 pm


Deadline 06/08/15
Contact Name Haifa Bint-Kadi
Contact Email Haifa@groundworkhv.org