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The Design Studio for Social Intervention and Community Labor United are excited to announce a new Boston-based fellowship and residency program for socially engaged artists – The Department of Public Imagination. For our pilot year, which will run from Sept. 2013 to April 2014, three artists will be selected to participate in an interdisciplinary program that builds creative partnerships between artists and member-led community groups in the greater Boston area.

Each artist who is selected to participate in the program will receive a stipend, shared workspace at DS4SI, and will participate in an ongoing training workshop that brings together leaders in the arts and social justice sectors. The cornerstone of the program will be an eight-month residency with a community-based organization, which will serve as the artist’s home base for the duration of the program. Working collaboratively with their group’s members and staff, each artist will be responsible for initiating a creative action team that will design and implement public projects to address the specific challenges and aspirations of their group’s community base.

For our pilot year, artists will be paired with one of three community-based groups: Chelsea Collaborative, Chinese Progressive Association, and Massachusetts Senior Action Council.