Why a think tank?
Our current moment calls for reflecting, dismantling, and acting. This initiative borrows the name and format of a group of people who are assembled and paid to read, discuss, think, and generate ways to address and redress a matter of vital importance.
We recognize that Think Tanks have been used by a wide spectrum of actors, many of whom are responsible for the very systems of oppression we are attempting to address. We hope that this format offers a starting point to imagine equitable ways to convene. Once assembled, the cohort will have the choice to collectively rename themselves and adopt a different structure.
The cohort will have the choice to collectively rename themselves once assembled.
What level of experience do I need to have to apply?
Conventional educational and professional requisites will not be valued over demonstrated and meaningful work engaging with structures of institutional critique, reform, and imaginary. The aim is to produce pathways towards building equitable cultural institutions and to dismantle exclusionary and colonialist modes of art production and presentation. The application process will request evidence of demonstrated experience working within or with cultural institutions in this way. Please see HOW TO APPLY for more details about the kinds of work samples you will be asked to provide.
What does “non-sited” mean, and how does the group ‘meet’?
Non-sited means that the cohort will not be physically sited in any single location, and we welcome the nuanced regional perspectives members bring forth. The group will meet virtually, and use video conferencing platforms and collaborative working spaces for digitally native means of creation and collaboration. Creative Time will work with members to ensure all meetings are fully accessible.
Can I be based anywhere in the world to apply?
While there are no geographic restrictions to apply, we anticipate that the conversations within the Think Tank will be largely focused on the United States. For this reason, applicants should demonstrate work experience in the U.S. context.
Is the role compensated?
Yes. The members will be provided a $10,000 fee for their time over the ten month commitment, as well as a discretionary budget to support production, administrative and research needs over the cycle.
What kind of activities will the think tank be conducting?
While the exact structure of the Think Tank will be defined by its members, we expect the group will use the following questions to guide guest-facilitated and self-directed conversations:
– What constitutes “the field” of cultural production and what are the dominant practices of governance, value creation, and assessment?
– Do alternative modes of knowledge production currently exist in regards to art practice, cultural labor, education, and training for the field? What new forms need to be created?
– What ideological, cultural, and structural shifts are required to steward transformative change?
– What are we building towards?
How will the Think Tank be expected to present their collaborative findings?
– Produce three moments of public engagement and exchange to be produced with support from Creative Time
– A final output for the public domain (this could be, but is not limited to formats including: a plenary, video series, lecture, performance, or publication to be produced with support from Creative Time)
– A set of recommendations that shape and influence the next iteration of the Creative Time Summit
How does this fit within Creative Time’s mission?
As New York City’s vanguard public art organization, Creative Time has historically worked with artists and creative laborers to produce projects that engender dialogue, encourage debate, and take on the most pressing issues of our time. Often these projects respond to a need identified by those pioneering new ways of working in the field. This is how the Creative Time Summit came into being over a decade ago, and why today, with the rapidly changing scope of the work artists and creative laborers are setting out to do, Creative Time is experimenting with a new model, to provide resources, support, and amplification for the generation of new knowledge and praxis.