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Not a Monolith Open Call (Application Deadline: March 7th)

March 7

Not a Monolith is a forthcoming public art and professional development initiative presented by Facebook Open Arts and We The Culture in partnership with ArtBridge, a nonprofit based in New York City that works with local communities to transform construction fencing into temporary art installations. ArtBridge’s programs aim to empower artists whose backgrounds have been historically marginalized.

Not a Monolith is an extension of this programming — a direct and meaningful engagement with the Black Lives Matter and other social, racial, and gender justice movements. By providing local, emerging Black artists with prominent outdoor canvases in public spaces throughout New York City as well as guidance from art world professionals, Not a Monolith aims to amplify a diversity of Black voices and perspectives and show that Black identities are more complex, nuanced, and abundant than their traditional representations.

This initiative is a robust collaboration that will also include local cultural organizations throughout the five boroughs, culminating in local programming and mutual aid efforts surrounding the final artworks.

Five (5) NYC-based early-career Black artists will be selected through a public open call process to create two (2-dimensional) public artworks for a total of 10 projects across the five boroughs of New York City.


  • Must be an emerging Black visual artist or artist teams who have not yet had a solo show with a major institution or gallery, and who have not had consistent gallery representation
  • Must live or work in one of the five boroughs
  • Must be able to commit to a working period through May 2021, including short term (2-4 weeks) availability for installation in the Summer or early Fall.
  • Priority will be given to those not currently enrolled in an MFA program, but MFA students are still encouraged to apply


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