"To honor the many people involved in any social transformation, art institutions will: form a study group, solicit proposals from community-led groups, and then ask artists to make proposals in relationship to the desires of those groups."
(Woolard 2017, “The Minute Hand of Social Engagement”)
Here, Woolard outlines "a working model for community-led funding for socially engaged art where art institutions become match-makers for community-groups and artists" after recognizing that commercial-educational art institutions are structurally at odds with the social practice they house. Her proposal is focused on invitation by community, and seems fairly resistant to tampering during institutional mediation. Some details I like are that she makes sure that everybody involved is fully informed; artists not from accredited training programs are prioritized; there is consultation with non-artists who have worked on other SEA projects; the proposing communities are paid for their time.
"For example, is 'community' a code word for a low-income neighborhood that has been historically marginalized by red-lining? Do you understand 'artists' as outsiders to 'community' or not, and why? Will your organization support projects made by and for a “community” of professional artists or not, and why? Is an 'artist' someone who has been to an accredited art school, or will you make every effort to create a process that speaks to artists who are self-taught? To facilitate these conversations, the group might hire The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, Generative Somatics, or any number of facilitators that the Laundromat Project brings in for a year of cultural organizing workshops in their Fellowship program."
"To be comfortable is to be so at ease with one’s environment that it is hard to distinguish where one’s body ends and the world begins. One fits, and by fitting the surfaces of bodies disappears from view. White bodies are comfortable as they inhabit spaces that extend their shape. The bodies and spaces ‘point’ towards each other, as a ‘point’ that is not seen as it is also ‘the point’ from which we see."
"To be not white is to be not extended by the spaces you inhabit. This is an uncomfortable feeling. Comfort is a feeling that tends not to be consciously felt, as I have suggested."