About. Provisions Library — an art and social change research organization based in Washington DC and Fairfax, VA, invites proposals from creative social change agents for research projects in partnerships with DC institutions and communities. Provisions research residents consider methods of inquiry, investigation, creation, and collaboration for art and public actions that investigate local and global social issues and themes. Provisions library at George Mason University is a starting point and launchpad for projects that take place across the capital.

Projects. Applicants are invited to propose research projects that utilize Provisions library as well as forge interactions with DC-based academic, policy, research, and cultural institutions. Proposals should be grounded in Provisions’ social change Meridians. Provisions has special interest in research projects relating to (but not limited by) Agri-Cultures (post-industrial permaculture), Mournuments (structures of death, mourning, remembrance), Labours of Love (work, love, and sexuality), Education Reformation (lores of de-schooling), and Affect Mapping & Measurement (qualifying quantity), but is open to any and all proposals that activate DC resources or the urban landscape and reconsider the links between art and social change. Researchers may be contemporary artists, public-interest activists, academics, cultural producers, and creative practitioners of all kinds.

Partners. Provisions extends a partnership network with a variety of DC institutions including, but not limited to, the National Archives, Library of Congress, DC Public Library, The Smithsonian, the National Zoo, various think-tanks, and numerous public policy institutes. Provisions staff supports residency fellows in building research and presentation relationships with DC institutions, organizations, and agencies — federal and local alike.

Support. Provisions provides connections to institutions across DC, library studio space, and exhibition opportunities, as well as access to facilities at George Mason University. There is currently no support for travel, lodging, or research stipends, however Provisions will happily advocate on behalf of accepted applicants for external support. For exceptional projects, Provisions will work with applicants to apply for special grant or private support, although these projects will require a longer timeframe. All fellows will submit a final PDF document presenting their research for publication on Provisions website. Fellows will build a more sophisticated understanding of contemporary art, creative research and social action in DC and beyond.

Proposals. To submit your proposal, please send ONE pdf to provisionslibrary@gmail.com (subject: RESIDENCY APPLICATION: YOUR NAME)

Proposals should include:

1) A brief proposal articulating your research interests and activities including a possible project title, proposed research investigation or action, an indication of potential partners or research sites, desired time-frame(s) and residency length, and your interest in Provisions (two page max).

2) A resume/cv

3) A link to your website or images of your work

Provisions accepts and reviews proposals on an ongoing basis.

Research Residencies are kindly supported by The Open Society Foundation, The Andy Warhol Foundation, Comet Ping Pong, and other generous donors.