Apply by April 28 | Social Practice CUNY call for next student cohort

Call For Applications:

Social Practice CUNY Initiative for MFA Students

Social Practice CUNY (SPCUNY), an initiative based at The CUNY Graduate Center that seeks to amplify the collective power of social practice artists, scholars, and advocates across the CUNY system, is currently seeking the third cohort of SPCUNY Actionists.

Actionists are Master’s students with a serious art practice, usually from MFA programs, who are committed to developing as socially-engaged art practitioners. This selected group will be an integral part of the wider SPCUNY 2023-24 cohort, which includes CUNY faculty, Ph.D. students, and practitioners. Actionists will receive $2,000 Action Art Stipends towards the fulfillment of their project beyond the classroom.

For examples of past and current projects, visit


(Visit for more info and the application link)

Who is eligible?

SPCUNY is accepting applications from interested students who are currently enrolled in a CUNY master’s degree program, who will have completed at least one year of study by the end of the Spring 2023 semester, and who can commit to participation in the SPCUNY program for the full 2023-24 academic year. The program is aimed at MFA students, but we will consider applicants from other types of master’s programs who can provide evidence of existing artistic practice. Our website showcases work from previous cohorts that will give you an idea of appropriate projects. If you think this program might be a fit for you but you are unsure of your eligibility, please contact us!

How do I apply?

Required application materials will all be submitted via the application form, and include:

  1. CV/Resume
  2. Statement of Interest (max. 3000 characters or 3 minutes of video/audio)
  3. Tentative Project Proposal (max. 500 words, plus images)
  4. Work Samples (1-3)
  5. 2 References (1 academic, 1 non-academic; contact information only)

To upload your application materials, please follow this link: and fill in the form by April 28, 2023.

Applicants will be informed by May 15.