Open Call

Copy of Bayard Rustin Residency -One Year in NYC for BIPOC Artists and Activists

Penington Friends House

No Funding
Free / No Costs
New York, United States


This residency is open to Black Indigenous People of Color that are artists or activists and that have created a strong project to help end Racism ( or intersectional issues) in the United States of America. This residency is inspired by the Civil Rights Activists Bayard Rustin, a Quaker and openly gay man that advised Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Like Rustin, we are looking for someone committed to making the world a better place by helping end racism through non-violent, effective, new, and inspiring means.

Number of Participants



Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


September 01, 2023 - August 31, 2024


Kitchen, Private Room, Shared Bathroom


Breakfast, Chef on Site, Coffee, Dinner, Lunch, Tea

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Exhibition, Forum, Mural Projects, Performances, Readings, Round Tables, Self-Directed


Acting, Activists, Animation, Architecture, Ballet, Book Arts, Choreography, Cinematography, Composers, Conceptual Art, Crafts & Trades, Dance, Design, Digital Media, Documentary, Drawing, Entrepreneur , Fiber Arts, Fiction, Film, Illustration, Immersive Experiences, Installation, Interdiscplinary Arts, Intervention, Journalism, Land Art, Literature, Makers, Moving Image, Multimedia, Music, Music Composition, Nonfiction, Opera, Painting, Performance Art, Photography, Playwriting, Poetry, Printmaking, Public Art, Puppeteers, Research, Scholar, Screenwriting, Sculpture, Singing, Social Practice, Sound Art, Start Up, Tech, Textile, Theatre, Video Art, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts



Program Description

The Bayard Rustin Resident will be give up to one year of free room and board at the Penington Friends House which is collaborative living house on Manhattan Island in New York City. A non-profit run by the Society of Friends (Quakers) since 1897, the house exists to see what love can do in building community and of being of service to others. Only 20% of the residents are Quaker but everyone strives to live by the Quaker values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, and Stewardship. The 26 residents have their own bedrooms and share communal spaces like a parlor, dining room and kitchen and many outside spaces. The residents and live in staff eat together enjoying chef prepared meals Sunday through Thursdays. They also share in household chores ( 1.5 hours of work a week) and make collaborative decisions together. The Bayard Rustin resident will participate in the life of the house, and will share the progress of their work with the wider Quaker Community.

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