A Blade of Grass is rethinking what a grant to an individual artist can be. Earlier this year, the nonprofit organization, which explores alternative models of funding for interactive and participatory art practices, launched Artist Files, the first project in a multiyear experiment. The inaugural grant is rooted in the concept of social engagement and hinges on the harbinger of interactivity: the internet. Artist Files is completely public-facing, presenting the entire grant process in the form of blog posts and probing questions on the organization’s website. Visitors are invited to register and comment.
I had arrived at that inevitable point in every coastal vacation where I felt that if I saw one more light-flooded, water-meets-horizon landscape, I would boot. Just when I thought I couldn’t take any more, I stumbled upon the Parrish Road Show, a series of installations and events organized by the Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, NY. Described as “an innovative summer series created to generate transformative convergences between artists, visitors and diverse members of Long Island’s East End community,” the Road Show cured my seascape sickness by demanding something more from me as a viewer than a casual gaze as I walk by; the artworks triggered action.