ART WORKS Projects' mission is to use design and the arts to raise awareness of and educate the public about significant human rights issues.

Our organization was founded with the belief that thoughtful multimedia stories of social justice and human rights abuses can make a difference. ART WORKS is committed to sharing our methodology with emerging photographers and celebrating their work. 

ART WORKS Projects (AWP) is pleased to announce we are now accepting applications for the Emerging Lens Fellowship. Emerging Lens is AWP’s signature program that awards project support, unrestricted grants, and mentorship to emerging photographers working to document social justice and human rights issues in their own backyards and around the world. The mission of Emerging Lens is to create a network of support for emerging photographers in hopes of creating greater accessibility to the field while making their work and the issues they highlight visible through public exhibitions in spaces nontraditional for documentary photography.

Each year, AWP selects a class of fellows who will work toward completing a project to be exhibited in partnership with community organizations, arts institutions, and/or academic centers. Projects completed for this fellowship will center on fresh narratives and first-person storytelling regarding underrepresented communities with whom the fellows and AWP will collaborate. Fellows will be supported by AWP staff, AWP creative collaborators including established photojournalists, photo editors, curators, etc., and the cohort of former Emerging Lens fellows.

Emerging Lens fellows will receive:

  • $5,000 unrestricted fellowship compensation for a 2 to 3 month project commitment to complete an ongoing or new body of work
  • Opportunity to apply for partial to full financial support for realization of project, including travel expenses, equipment rental, etc.
  • An exhibition of their work with programming opportunities and the possibility of exhibition travel
  • Mentorship from AWP staff, AWP partners, and the Emerging Lens community

To note: all copyrights remain with the fellow and AWP receives first right to publish the work. Afterwards, the fellow is encouraged to place the piece with a media outlet of their choosing.

Competitive applicants are new to the field of photography and would benefit personally and professionally from a mentorship with ART WORKS Projects. Their work addresses social justice and/or human rights in a manner that is thoughtful, ethical, and community-centered. The submitted project proposal is a well-developed idea or currently in-progress, and the addressed issue is relevant, timely, and applicable to AWP’s mission.

ART WORKS Projects is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all EOE and ADA requirements. We are committed to supporting diverse collaborators, and we have a strong organizational commitment to racial justice and equity. People of color, gender non-conforming people, people with disabilities, and low-income people are encouraged to apply. Please let us know if we can help make the application process more accessible for you.

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