The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation fosters the legacy of Rauschenberg’s life, work, and philosophy that art can change the world. The foundation supports artists, initiatives, and institutions that embody the same fearlessness, innovation, and multidisciplinary approach that Rauschenberg exemplified in both his art and philanthropic endeavors.

The Artist as Activist Two-Year Fellowship provides game-changing resources to independent artists tackling important social challenges through their creative practice. Fellows receive up to $100,000 over a two-year period in order to advance an existing, ambitiously-scaled, long-term project of their design. Fellows are also eligible to attend foundation-sponsored events, to gain access to technical assistance, and to be included in foundation publications. 

In 2017, the thematic frame guiding the foundation’s open call for proposals is racial justice in the United States, and more specifically the epidemic of mass incarceration. Through that lens we are seeking proposals from activist artists who are pursuing ambitious creative projects that directly tackle the issue of mass incarceration. 

Deadline for applications is December 7, 2016, at 11:59pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)Please note that the foundation is not able to grant extensions or accept late submissions. 

Due to the volume of inquiries, please do not call the foundation.  

See the Guidelines + Application Worksheet for detailed instructions.