Open Society Seeks Proposals from Artists

Are you an artist using your talents for social change? Check out this call for proposals from the Open Society Institute!

The Audience Engagement Grant supports photographers to take an existing body of work on a social justice or human rights issue and devise an innovative and effective way of using that work as a tool for social change. We are looking for projects that serve as interventions on pressing problems and provide concrete ways for photographers, organizations, and their target audiences to create a positive impact.

We are interested in well-designed projects that:

  • inspire audiences visually and create meaningful interactions with photographic content
  • utilize photography as the basis for programming or tools that directly connect people to processes that lead to social change
  • provide deeper, more nuanced understanding of human rights and social justice issues
  • pairs photographers with organizations that are connected to the target audience and currently working on related issues

What We Provide

We will provide between five to eight grants ranging from $10,000-$30,000. Grant funds cannot be used to shoot new imagery. When selected projects closely align with the work of the Open Society Foundations, we will facilitate contact with relevant foundation staff and grantees. 


Letter of intent (optional): Rolling deadline; last opportunity to submit is Thursday, May 31, 2012, 5pm EST.

Completed online application: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 5pm EST.


Read more and apply.