ASTEP Changemakers Scholarship


We are thrilled to announce the ASTEP Changemakers Scholarship!

The ASTEP Changemakers Scholarship will award two $1,000 scholarships, each supporting a Black student who has demonstrated leadership and a commitment to social justice. This scholarship will support the recipients’ educational journey.

Eligibility- Must be a graduating high school senior and resident of New York City. This scholarship may be used at an accredited college, university, vocational, or technical training program. Of the two scholarships, one will be awarded specifically for a student attending an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Former ASTEP students are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants must submit either a video or an essay to answer the question:
How are you an agent of transformation toward social justice? Give specific examples from your life and personal beliefs.

Video Requirements: Must be a link (ex. unlisted on YouTube or Vimeo); Must be under 5 mins
Essay Requirements: Must be under 1,000 words; Must be in PDF format; File should be labeled FirstnameLastname.pdf
Applicants must also provide a personal reference

Submission deadline: July 31, 2020
Winners will be contacted by August 15, 2020

Click here to apply!

 

 

There should be no dividing line between artistic excellence and social consciousness.

For 59 young artists interested in combing their artistic practice with their pursuit of a better world, ASTEP presented our 2nd annual Artist as Citizen Conference from June 7 – 12, 2015 at The Juilliard School.

At ASTEP, we work with children. We put artists in classrooms around the world to share their passion with kids.

In a larger sense, we’re part of an evolving, nationwide conversation on the role of the artist in society. There are articles published on the subject everyday – the landscape of the arts is changing and so are the opportunities available to artists. Meanwhile, the social emotional skills the arts help to develop are increasingly viewed as essential for success in today’s knowledge-based economy.

The Artist as Citizen Conference is an opportunity for ASTEP to help spread this powerful ideal nationwide — and with it, the remarkable culture of service it represents.

It’s been talked about for years. Innumerable blogs have discussed it. The New York Times recently chimed in. There is a movement afoot. A return to meaning in the arts. A return to impact. As one curator put it, “Marcel Duchamp’s toilet is being returned to the bathroom.”

The Conference is about putting the riches of the first network at the disposal of the second. Its mission is to celebrate, connect, and develop young leaders in the arts by providing them with a transformative artistic and educational experience in the heart of New York City.

Why? Because developing motivated young leaders in communities across America is a way for ASTEP to expand the reach of its mission exponentially.

Which means more kids. Exposed to more art.

Now announcing…The 2014 ASTEP Artist as Citizen Conference!

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June 2 – June 6, 2014

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The Juilliard School, NYC



The ASTEP Artist as Citizen Conference is a four-day immersive retreat for young leaders in the performing and visual arts who have recognized the power art has to transform communities. The 2014 Conference will draw on ASTEP’s diverse community of supporters, partners and volunteers, as well as on New York City’s incomparable resources, to expose students to professionals in the fields of arts education, applied theater, and social practice art. Application deadline is May 15.*

 

$300 Participation Fee Includes:

Housing in the Juilliard dorms

NYC MetroCard

Meal Stipend

One Broadway Show

Six Workshops

Three Keynote Speakers

Two Roundtable Discussions



Apply Now!


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 *Must be 18-25 years old to apply.
Applications received before May 1 are eligible for scholarship consideration.

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Are you interested in our conference but couldn’t make the full four-day immersion work out? Below are three options that might give you an opportunity to participate after all!

1. Full Non-Resident Pass $200
Did you want to commit to the full range of conference activities, but couldn’t stay overnight with us at Juilliard for some reason? The non-resident pass gives you access to all four days of conference activities, from 9 AM to 6 PM, including three wake up sessions, three real talk speakers, six ASTEP workshops, and more. (Housing, meals, and evening entertainments not included.)

2. Single Day Pass $125
Are you leaving town mid-week, or is there one day of conference programming you especially want to take advantage of? A day pass grants you access to all conference activities from 10 AM to 6 PM, and includes all guest artist workshops, real talk sessions, ASTEP workshops, panel and roundtable discussions. (Housing, meals, wake up sessions, and evening entertainments not included.)

3. A La Carte Pass $35
Is there one speaker or event you’ve got your eye on in particular? Though some elements of the conference will remain exclusive to fellows and/or holders of day passes, several of our workshops will be available to the public on a first-come, first-served basis. These include: Real Talk Sessions, the Artist Roundtable on June 3rd, the Citizenship Panel Discussion on June 4th, and several others.

Please contact Davinia Troughton, davinia@asteponline.org with your inquiries and interest. Just tell her who you are and which pass you’re interested in, and she’ll be happy to register you and arrange payment accordingly.







Apply for ASTEP’s fall artist residency scholarship!


Fall 2013 Residency

Theme: Bridging Communities

 

Scholarship Description

ASTEP is excited to award a scholarship for a 5-day 4-night residency for dancers and choreographers at Silo at Kirkland Farm. Our goal is to support socially conscious artistic endeavors, which include creation processes, residencies, exploration or research, exhibits, and performances. The residency will provide the scholarship recipient and up to 3 guest dancers with housing and studio space for the 5-day 4-night stay. Recipients are eligible to bring up to 3 additional guest dancers to join them. Depending on the number of guest dancers, partial funding is available for travel and food costs.


Scholarship Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have either participated as a student or teacher in one of ASTEP’s programs.
  • The residency will take place October 14-17, 2013.
  • Location: Kirkland Farm, 2510 Old Bethlehem Road, Springtown, PA 18055
  • The residency is available for dancers and choreographers.
  • All artists must bring their own equipment and materials.
  • The project proposed by the applicant must directly relate to the scholarship theme: Bridging Communities


Applicants must submit a cover page, project summary, and project logistics

  • Cover page: must include a project title, applicant name, email address, phone number, and the individual’s prior experience with ASTEP.
  • Project Summary: The project summary must be between 250-400 words. Please explain why you are pursuing this project, how the theme is connected, and the impact you hope the project will have on you as an artist and/or your community. Project summaries that exceed the recommended length will not be reviewed.
  • Project Logistics: Please specify a timeline for your project from inception to completion and your budget. If you already have or plan to seek funding from outside sources, please list those sources as well.


Review Process

  • Three members of the ASTEP community have been randomly selected to review eligible applications. Panelists are chosen from our database and include student alum, Volunteer Teaching alum, and a current ASTEP board member. ASTEP staff will not serve on the panel, and all panel members will remain anonymous.
  • Panel members may contact applicants through ASTEP staff if they have any comments and questions about the application. The panel will score the application, including any modifications, according to the following guidelines:

Clarity – how clearly the idea is presented and how it connects to the theme.
Practicality – how feasible is the project as a whole based on the budget and timeline presented.
Impact – the potential for impact on the artist and the community.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on August 26, 2013. Email applications to Mauricio Salgado at mauricio@asteponline.org


Scholarship Recipient

  • Applicants will receive an initial response by September 2, 2013 and will have until September 6, 2013 to respond to any questions about their applications.
  • The scholarship recipient will be announced on September 13, 2013
  • The scholarship recipient must confirm the number of guest dancers joining them by September 20, 2013.
  •  The scholarship recipient will also be required to present 4 blog posts about their creative process for the ASTEP website. Blog posts need to include pictures or video.

For questions, please contact Mauricio Salgado, Director of Domestic Programs, at mauricio@asteponline.org

Crystal Boyd selected as 2013 A Step Towards Empowering Artists scholarship winner!

ASTEP is thrilled to recognize ASTEP volunteer Artist Crystal Boyd as the 2013 A Step Towards Empowering Artists Scholarship winner!

The goal of this award is to support socially conscious artistic endeavors among the ASTEP community, and this year’s theme focused on “Taking Refuge”. In partnership with SPACE on Ryder Farm, this scholarship consists of a 5-day 4-night residency with room, board, working space, and artistic support from Ryder Farm faculty.

Crystal’s proposal was selected among an exceptional set of applicants and is titled “Currency”. She is working with Bound for Success, the Homeless Coalition’s youth program, and will engage their students in the making of a short film about a week in the life of two homeless youth in NYC. Based on her original screenplay, Crystal and the youth will collaborate from pre-production to post-production, culminating in screenings at film festivals.

“With this film, I intend to celebrate the individual human mind of two children as they make their way through New York City. I aim to impact the children of Bound for Success, as I will teach not only a film skill set but the importance of “Taking Refuge” in their own voice.”



ASTEP would like to thank the members of the review panel and all of the applicants. Most importantly, a big thank you to SPACE on Ryder Farm for providing this opportunity to our community.

Congratulations, Crystal!






ASTEP and Kennedy Center Fellows announced!

ASTEP Fellow Victor Colon and ASTEP Volunteer Artist Nick Dalton



ASTEP and the Kennedy Center are thrilled to announce the 2013 ASTEP Fellow scholarship recipients:

Victor Colon from University of Puerto Rico
National Scholar – will volunteer at ASTEP’s program in Quito, Ecuador

Kelcie Miles from Oklahoma University
Regional Scholar – will volunteer at ASTEP’s program in South Florida

Molly Page from Louisiana Tech University
Regional Scholar – will volunteer at ASTEP’s program in NYC

Maria Arvanitakis from Kansas State University
Regional Scholar – will volunteer at ASTEP’s program in south Florida

JJ Krehbiel from BridgeWater College
Regional Scholar – will volunteer at ASTEP’s program in India


ASTEP Fellows will receive a stipend to cover their travel costs and meals when they volunteer with ASTEP. They were selected based on their exemplary leadership and dedication to using the arts to empower communities, and ASTEP is excited to have them join our community of artists. Special thanks to Gregg Henry, Artistic Director at Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, for his continued commitment to supporting and collaborating with ASTEP.

To learn more about ASTEP and our volunteer opportunities, visit our homepage today!






Apply for ASTEP’s artist residency scholarship!


A Step Towards Empowering Artists Scholarship

Summer 2013

Theme: Taking Refuge 

 

Scholarship Description

For a second year in a row, ASTEP and SPACE on Ryder Farm are thrilled to award a one 5-day 4-night residency for actors, playwrights, poets, musicians, songwriters, composers, and visual artists. Our goal is to support socially conscious artistic endeavors, which include creation processes, residencies, exploration or research, exhibits, and performances. The residency will provide each artist with room, board, working space, and artistic support from Ryder Farm faculty for the 5-day 4-night stay. Applicants will be required to arrange and pay for their transportation to and from the farm.


Scholarship Requirements

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have either participated as a student or teacher in one of ASTEP’s programs.
  • The residency will take place during the month of August 2013.
  • The residency is available for actors, playwrights, poets, musicians, songwriters, composers, and visual artists.
  • All artists must bring their own equipment and materials.
  • The project proposed by the applicant must directly relate to the scholarship theme: Taking Refuge


Applicants must submit a cover page, project summary, and project logistics

  • Cover page: must include a project title, applicant name, email address, phone number, and the individual’s prior experience with ASTEP.
  • Project Summary: The project summary must be between 250-400 words. Please explain why you are pursuing this project, how the theme is connected, and the impact you hope the project will have on you as an artist and/or your community. Project summaries that exceed the recommended length will not be reviewed.
  • Project Logistics: Please specify a timeline for your project from inception to completion and your budget. If you already have or plan to seek funding from outside sources, please list those sources as well.


Review Process

  • Three members of the ASTEP community have been randomly selected to review eligible applications. Panelists are chosen from our database and include student alum, Volunteer Teaching alum, and a current ASTEP board member. ASTEP staff will not serve on the panel, and all panel members will remain anonymous.
  • Panel members may contact applicants through ASTEP staff if they have any comments and questions about the application. The panel will score the application, including any modifications, according to the following guidelines:

Clarity – how clearly the idea is presented and how it connects to the theme.
Practicality – how feasible is the project as a whole based on the budget and timeline presented.
Impact – the potential for impact on the artist and the community.


Application Deadline

Applications will be accepted from 7:00 a.m. on March 29, 2013 until midnight on April 2, 2013. Email applications to Mauricio Salgado at mauricio@asteponline.org


Scholarship Recipient

  • All applicants will receive a response by May 1, 2013, including the scholarship recipient. The scholarship recipient will also be announced on the ASTEP website.
  • The scholarship recipient must confirm their residency dates by May 15, 2013.
  • The scholarship recipient will also be required to present 4 blog posts about their creative process for the ASTEP website. Blog posts need to include pictures or video.

For questions, please contact Mauricio Salgado, Director of Domestic Programs, at mauricio@asteponline.org

 

Congratulations, Annika Sheaff and Alejandro Rodriguez!

At ASTEP, we strive to cultivate a community of artists who use their gifts to inspire youth. In order to continue providing ongoing personal and professional development opportunities for our volunteers, we have launched the first A Step Towards Empowering Artists Scholarship for ASTEP volunteers.

We know how important it is for an artist to have the time and space to explore their practice and experience meaningful exchanges or immersions. Partnering with SPACE on Ryder Farm, the A Step Towards Empowering Artist Scholarship will award two 5-day 4-night residencies with a goal of supporting socially conscious artistic endeavors. These endeavors include creation processes, residencies, exploration or research, exhibits, and performances. The residency will provide each artist with room, board, working space, and artistic support from Ryder Farm faculty for the 5-day 4-night stay.

ASTEP received an impressive set of applications, which had to focus on the scholarship’s 2012 theme: Overcoming Discrimination Through Art. After careful evaluation, ASTEP is thrilled to announce the 2012 A Step Towards Empowering Artists Scholarship recipients: Annika Sheaff and Alejandro Rodriguez.

 

Annika Sheaff

Annika: I am thrilled to receive such a great residency! As an emerging choreographer some of the biggest challenges are finding space and time to work on a new creation. ASTEP is awarding me with 30 hours of time to work in the studio with the dancers of my choice! I could not be more excited! This is the most precious gift; I can’t wait to get my feet wet and dive into a new piece about “Overcoming Discrimination”. ASTEP’s belief in me is encouraging and this space grant will help me further my choreographic career. Thank You ASTEP!!

 

Alejandro Rodriguez

Alex: The common misconception about the work I do with ASTEP is that it’s entirely selfless. Sure, I think there’s a certain spirit of generosity that fuels our efforts, but I have always received much more than I’ve given. The young people I’ve met, and the artists I’ve gotten to work with, have given me new perspectives and provided me with the inspiration for many characters I’ve played and pieces I’ve written. Now, with the A Step Towards Empowering Artists Scholarship, I get to to take that exchange to a whole new level.

When I learned I’d been awarded a residency at SPACE on Ryder Farm, I was ecstatic. It’s hard to put into words what this opportunity means to me. Like many of us who volunteer for ASTEP, I’m a freelancing artist. As such, I spend a lot of my time in waiting rooms, knocking politely at the doors of the commercial theater, hoping the gatekeepers might let me into play for a while. And, I imagine like most of us, I end up feeling like my Vision cannot be accommodated by the studios at Ripley Grier, or even by some of the beautiful theaters I’ve been lucky enough to play in. My art is for the World; and yet, as a young artist I end up fumbling with it, awkwardly, growing increasingly insecure as I put it on display for strangers to praise or criticize. What ASTEP and SPACE have blessed me with is an opportunity to find stability, and to spend some time in relationship to my own Voice and to my own stories, many of which have been culled from the rich experiences I’ve had on ASTEP sites.

Will I create something that lasts? Who knows. Will I never have to audition for casting directors ever again? Certainly I will. But for a moment, however fleeting, I will feel like an Artist. And, in the final wash, that is the greatest and most transformative gift that ASTEP gives its volunteers: the feeling of actually being what you told your mom you were moving to New York to become.

Thank you ASTEP. I hope our friendship lasts a lifetime.

As a socially-conscious artist, what would you do with a 5-day residency?

 

A Step Towards Empowering Artists Scholarship

Theme: Overcoming Discrimination Through Art 

Spring 2012

 

Scholarship Description

ASTEP and SPACE on Ryder Farm will award two 5-day 4-night residencies with a goal of supporting socially conscious artistic endeavors. These endeavors include creation processes, residencies, exploration or research, exhibits, and performances. The residency will provide each artist with room, board, working space, and artistic support from Ryder Farm faculty for the 5-day 4-night stay. Applicants will be required to pay for their transportation to and from the farm.


Scholarship Requirements

  • Scholarship applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have either participated as a student or teacher in one of the ASTEP programs.
  • The project proposed by the applicant must directly relate to the theme: Overcoming Discrimination Through Art


Applicants must submit a cover page, project summary, and logistics

  • Cover page: must include a project title, your name, email address, phone number, and the ASTEP program that you participated in.
  • Project Summary: The project summary must be between 250-400 words. Please explain why you are pursuing this project, how the theme is connected, and the impact you hope the project will have on you as an artist and/or your community. (Project summaries that exceed the recommended length will not be reviewed.)
  • Project Logistics: Please specify a timeline for your project from inception to completion and your budget (if you already have or plan to seek funding from outside sources, please list them as well).


Reviewing Process

  • Four members of the ASTEP community have been randomly selected to review eligible applications. Panelists represent student alum, volunteer alum, and board members (ASTEP staff members will not serve on the panel).  Panelists will remain anonymous.
  • Panelists may contact applicants with comments and questions. In the second phase of the review process, panelists will score the application, including any modifications.  The scholarship will be awarded to the artist with the highest score, based on the following areas:

Clarity – how clearly the idea is presented and how it connects to the theme.
Practicality – how feasible is the project as a whole based on the budget and timeline presented.
Impact – the potential for impact on the artist and the community.


Scholarship Deadline

Applications will be accepted starting on February 27, 2012. Email applications to Mauricio Salgado at mauricio@asteponline.org. The application deadline is March 2, 2012 at 11:59pm.


Award winners

  • All applicants will receive a response by April 1st, including Award winners. The winners will also be announced on the ASTEP website and Facebook page.
  • Winners will have to confirm their residency dates by April 15th. (SPACE on Ryder Farm suggests that the residency take place between June 1 and June 16.)
  • Winners will also be required to create four blog posts about their creative process for the ASTEP website and should include photos or videos.

For questions, please contact Mauricio Salgado, Director of Domestic Programs, at mauricio@asteponline.org

We look forward to hearing from you!

— ASTEP