Call for applications

Call for participants: IDEAS CITY Detroit

Herman Kiefer Complex, Detroit
Deadline: 01 January 2016

Call for participants: IDEAS CITY Detroit

The New Museum announces an open call for participants in IDEAS CITY Detroit, the next edition of the institution’s high-profile platform that explores the future of cities with arts and culture as driving forces. The residency, led by Joseph Grima, Director of IDEAS CITY, will take place April 25–30, 2016 and is open to emerging practicioners working at the intersection of urbanism, community activism, art, design, and technology.

IDEAS CITY Detroit invites thinkers and professionals from around the world to contribute to the immersive and collaborative studio laboratory program by creating provocative cultural strategies designed for practical implementation. Participation in the studio laboratory is through an open submission process, and 40 to 50 applicants will be selected as Fellows by an international panel of artists and curators.

IDEAS CITY Detroit will work alongside the city’s Planning and Development Department to address theopportunities and challenges of urban reconstruction. The five-day studio laboratory will be structured around workshops, site visits, lectures, and discussions with local experts, including artists, designers, policymakers, and community members. During the program, a select group of Fellows will live and work together on-site, providing an opportunity for intense collaboration, creativity, and learning. This immersive environment will seed the development of strategies and projects to tackle key urban issues distinct to the city, such as land stewardship, affordable housing, mobility, and historic preservation. IDEAS CITY Detroit will transform and occupy part of the Herman Kiefer Complex—one of Detroit’s most iconic abandoned sites—into a hub of cultural exchange and artistic expression with the initiative’s architectural partner, Ron Castellano.

IDEAS CITY Detroit will culminate in a high-profile public program, featuring conversations, critiques, artist talks, and presentations by the Fellows and an array of internationally acclaimed luminaries whose work interrogates the cultural forces that define our cities.

Applications will be accepted until January 1, 2016; candidates will be informed of their application status later that month. IDEAS CITY Detroit will require a full-time commitment from April 25 through April 30, 2016.

For submission guidelines or to apply, please visit


IDEAS CITY is a collaborative, civic, and creative platform that investigates key issues, proposes solutions, and seeds concrete actions. Starting from the premise that art and culture are essential to the future vitality ofcities, this international initiative provides a forum for designers, artists, technologists, and policymakers to exchange ideas, identify challenges, and engage the public’s participation. IDEAS CITY brings together thinkers and practitioners from the fields of art, architecture, urban planning, technology, education, and civic government, and fosters collaborations between them. The initiative was cofounded by Lisa Phillips, Toby Devan Lewis Director, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director, the New Museum.

Building on the success of past IDEAS CITY festivals in New York and global conferences from São Paulo to Istanbul, the executive team at IDEAS CITY is launching a new vision for its program of international events that will kick off with IDEAS CITY Detroit.

Upcoming IDEAS CITY programs:

IDEAS CITY Detroit: April 25–30, 2016

IDEAS CITY Athens: September 19–25, 2016, in partnership with NEON Foundation

IDEAS CITY New York: May 2017

For more information, please visit


Founding support for IDEAS CITY is provided by Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David B. Heller & Hermine Riegerl Heller.


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