Open Call

Storytellers' Institute 2021 - Open Call for Visiting Fellows

MDOCS Storytellers' Institute, Skidmore College

With Funding
Free / No Costs
Saratoga Springs, United States


What you need to apply: A completed application, which includes a work sample that demonstrates your experience in non-fiction creative work. This can be written word, video, photography, audio, performance, etc. One letter of recommendation from a professor or an educator whom you have worked closely with, sent to before the deadline or your application will not be considered

Number of Participants

Requirements: Applicants must have a non-fiction-based practice and propose a non-fiction-based project. Applicants must be members of collaborative teams that span artistic or academic mediums/disciplines, or propose projects that are collaborations with communities or institutions. Applicants must have an interest in teaching and learning. Accepted Fellows are expected to fully engage with Institute events and be in residence for its duration (except for non-Forum weekends). If a Fellow is not in residence for the full Institute, their stipend will be reduced. Please take a look at the schedule from a past Storytellers’ Institute here and expect that the 2021 Institute will follow a similar schedule.


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


June 01, 2021 - July 02, 2021


  • $500.00 travel budget
  • $2,500.00 stipend (one-time)


Computer Lab, Conference Rooms, Co-Working, Desk Space




Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch

Public Programs

Community Engagement , Critique, Discussion, Exhibition, Forum, Online Exhibition, Professional Development, Visiting Professionals, Workshops


Activists, Animation, Collective, Documentary, Dreamers, Film, Interdiscplinary Arts, Multimedia, Nonfiction, Performance Art, Photography, Social Practice, Theatre, Thinkers, Virtual Reality, Visual Arts


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Program Description

This hybrid artistic-academic experience combines the freedom and space to work on independent projects with the fulfillment of mentoring the next generation of practitioners This year our theme is Co-Creation: Delights, Discontents & Dislocations –– This is a call to all collaborators, collectives and co-creators of knowledge! To those coming from activism, community organizing, and collective power building. To those willing to transgress artistic boundaries and academic disciplines in the urgent name of shared agency and more inclusive institutions! Fellowship includes: Community and feedback from a renowned group of multidisciplinary artists/storytellers/documentarians $2500 honorarium Travel stipend of up to $500 (only if in person) Public presentation/exhibition opportunities Access to production equipment Room and board for the duration of the Institute (only if in person) Workspace access to Skidmore facilities (only if in person)

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