Robert Rauschenberg reviewing contact sheets in studio, date unknown.
       Photograph by Sidney B. Felsen.
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Requests for Proposals MARFA DIALOGUES / NY: Climate Change

Requests for Proposals

MARFA DIALOGUES / NY: Climate Change

 A New York City- wide cultural exploration of the planet's greatest threat

The Marfa Dialogues project is coming to New York City in October and November 2013 through the support of Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (RRF). Presented by Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation, MARFA DIALOGUES / NY is an interdisciplinary examination of climate change and an inclusive forum for imaginative responses. Driven by the collective impulse to broaden public discussion, evaluation, and understanding of climate change and artistic practice. RRF is announcing a request for proposals from organizations interested in presenting arts-related projects on the topic of climate change. 

The MARFA DIALOGUES / NY program is based on Carbon 13 – an exhibition curated by David Buckland of Cape Farewell – and the concurrent symposium The Marfa Dialogues: Politics and Culture of Climate & Sustainability. Both were presented in Marfa, Texas in fall 2012 with the generous support of the RRF. 

MARFA DIALOGUES / NY will feature an exhibition curated by Ballroom Marfa at the RobertRauschenberg Foundation (RRF) Project Space in New York City (455 W. 19th Street), and will convene a series of programs throughout the city featuring artists, journalists, scientists, and activists working on climate change themes. With the continued support of the RRF, these programs will include artist talks, a town hall discussion, film screenings, and a concert. 

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation will provide grants of $2,500 -$10,000 to support diverse and complementary projects that will extend the exploration of environmental change and create satellites of programming at sites across the New York metropolitan area. Proposals may include exhibitions, performances, film screenings, readings, talks, concerts, and other similar public events. As many as 10-20 projects will be selected for support, based on the supposition that the projects will add substance to the program's topic, help reach a broader audience and encourage collaboration between artists and the public. Eligible events must occur in the New York City area between October and November 2013. 

Satellite program grant recipients will become a part of a master MARFA DIALOGUES / NY calendar and marketing effort by Ballroom Marfa, the Public Concern Foundation and the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation through the creation of a website and print material.  

The RRF invites your organization to submit a proposal for a project relevant to both cultural practice and climate change.

Interested organizations should submit the attached application form by April 15, 2013, to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Selected grantees will be notified by June 15, 2013. Please download using only Google Chrome and Safari browsers.

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