Open call for participants: IdeasCity Athens 

Athens, Greece
Deadline: 15 June 2016

Open call for participants: IdeasCity Athens 

Artist Theaster Gates in conversation with IdeasCity Detroit Fellows at the Jam Handy in Detroit. Photo: Justin Milhouse.


The New Museum and NEON announce an open call for participants in the residency program for IdeasCity Athens—the next edition of the New Museum’s high-profile platform that explores the future of cities with arts and culture as driving forces—which will take place September 19–24, 2016.

The residency program, led by Joseph Grima, Director, IdeasCity, is open to emerging practitioners working at the intersection of urbanism, community activism, art, design, and technology.

Building on discussions initiated in Detroit this April, IdeasCity will continue in Athens by inviting international Fellows to participate in a week-long residency followed by a free public conference on September 24, 2016. IdeasCity Athens invites thinkers and professionals from around the world to contribute to its immersive and collaborative studio laboratory program by creating provocative cultural strategies designed for practical implementation. Participation in the studio laboratory is determined by an open submission process, and 40 applicants will be selected as Fellows by an international panel of artists and curators.

IdeasCity Athens will work in partnership with NEON to address the opportunities 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. As in Detroit, 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 designed to tackle key urban issues distinct to the city.

IdeasCity Athens 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 June 15, 2016; candidates will be informed of their application status later that month. IdeasCity Athens will require a full-time commitment from September 19–24, 2016, in exchange for which each Fellow will receive an honorarium.


For submission guidelines or to apply, please visit

To learn more about past IdeasCity Fellows, please view the profiles of our Detroit Fellows here.

About IdeasCity

IdeasCity 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 of cities, this international initiative provides a forum for designers, artists, technologists, and policymakers to exchange ideas, identify challenges, and engage the public’s participation. IdeasCity 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, the New Museum, and Karen Wong, Deputy Director, the New Museum, in 2011. IdeasCity has held global conferences and events in cities around the world, including São Paulo, Istanbul, Detroit, and New York.

Upcoming IdeasCity programs:

IdeasCity Athens: September 19–24, 2016, presented by the New Museum in partnership with NEON

IdeasCity Arles: May 22–27, 2017, presented by the New Museum, LUMA Arles, and LUMA Foundation

IdeasCity New York: May 2017

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