National Artists of Texas Fellowship

Applications for the Spring 2022 National Artists of Texas Fellowship are now OPEN!

This upcoming semester, fellows will create works in support of voter registration, civic education, issue advocacy, and voter mobilization for the 2022 primary and runoff elections. As a National Artist of Texas Fellow, you will coordinate closely with other National Artists of Texas Fellows and receive mentorship from established artists joining our advisory growing committee to better understand the progressive movement and the role of messaging and activism in art. The semester of work will be broken into four lesson plans reflecting MOVE Texas’ issue areas and election season mobilization to provide education and resources and direct your artistic and political journeys. At the conclusion of each lesson, you will be tasked to create artworks on the topic at hand. Artists must be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment and also take on rapid response assignments based on the newscycle.

Timeline

  • Starting the beginning of February 2022 going until the end of May 2022 when the primary election and primary run-offs conclude.

Touchstones

  • 8-10 unique pieces of art based off of lessons
  • 1-5 rapid response creation
  • Weekly meetings that will alternate between issue area lessons, professional development, and artistic workshop. Meetings will take place every Wednesday with time to be determined.
  • Attend one in-person event at the end of the semester with date and details to be determined.

Applications close Jan. 18, 2022. More information about job requirements can be found in the application linked below.

Artwork from Spring 2021 Artist Fellows

Fall 2020 Art Fellow Testimonials

Sierra DeVuyst

Sierra DeVuyst

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“The MOVE Texas Artist Fellowship was an absolutely incredible experience. The creative freedom, structure and feedback was amazing. I looked forward to the briefs that marked the end of different deadlines to see what the artists came up with, gain feedback and hear of political and legal developments that MOVE Texas was focused on, as well as hang out with new friends. It felt so good to be able to give back while the world felt like chaos. This fellowship also allowed me to connect with new clients because of my work with Move and have awesome stats for future client projects, as well as forge new connections with other artists that I may not have had the opportunity to know. I am so glad I was able to be a part of this program.”

Lindsey Lee

Lindsey Lee

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“MOVE Texas is an incredible organization advocating for power in numbers when it comes to voting. We are all too aware of the dismal voter turnout numbers of the past, and MOVE works to educate and register new voters, so we can have a government that truly represents the people.  Through the National Artist of Texas Fellowship, MOVE gave me a platform to make art that empowered people to choose their future, and as a creator, it was an incredibly rewarding experience.  I had the opportunity to create designs seen by people all around the country, and after the election, we were able to celebrate record-breaking voter turnout in Texas.  I would absolutely recommend this fellowship to any artists that want to diversify their portfolio and collaborate with a spectacular team, all while making a difference in local and national government.”

Gonzales Gallery Series IV: Arts & Activism

In 2020, the San Antonio Report and MOVE Texas teamed up to present a Virtual Gonzales Gallery featuring the inaugural National Artist of Texas fellows. Here’s some of the work featured in the virtual gallery from artists Adraint Bereal, Bithia Dantoumda, Sierra Devuyst, Lindsey Lee, and Ana Ruiz.

 

Viral Voting: Why Texas Is Forcing Residents to Risk Infection at the Polls During the Pandemic

Viral Voting: Why Texas Is Forcing Residents to Risk Infection at the Polls During the Pandemic

The clock is running down for local and state leaders to ensure voters won’t be risking their lives this election season.

Late last Friday, the Republican-controlled Texas Supreme Court handed state Attorney General Ken Paxton a victory when it temporarily blocked an expansion of voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic.

Will Texans Be Able to Vote by Mail?

Will Texans Be Able to Vote by Mail?

Can I vote by mail in the runoff election in July?

Maybe. In a typical election, Texans can qualify for a mail-in ballot if they are 65 or older, out of the country on Election Day, in jail but eligible to vote, or disabled. An Aprillawsuit from the Texas Democratic Party, League of Women Voters, Workers Defense Action Fund, and Move Texas Action Fund argued that the state’s election code on mail-in voting applies to every voter in the state under the disability qualification.”

 IN RESPONSE TO THE SAN MARCOS POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION’S STATEMENT ON CITE & RELEASE, COMMUNITY LEADERS HAVE RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT:

“Earlier this month, the San Marcos Police Officers Association sent a letter to San Marcos city council threatening to end the practice of issuing verbal warnings in all instances when the proposed Cite & Release Ordinance passes. The San Marcos Police Officers Association is attempting to bully San Marcos City Council into voting against a policy that has been proven to positively impact life outcomes for young people across the United States by keeping low-level offenders out of the Hays County Jail.

By threatening to “enter everyone into the Criminal Justice System” (per the words of the association’s President, Jesse Saavedra,) if officer discretion is limited by a cite and release ordinance, the San Marcos Police Officers Association is attempting to intimidate the residents they were sworn to protect. We hope such a punitive stance, and the suggestion that officers will stop all verbal warning based street-level diversion if this policy passes, is rejected by the Current Interim Police Chief Bob Klett. Agreement with such an unprecedented position is gravely concerning as it regards the safety of San Marcos residents against unnecessary criminalization.

By keeping San Marcos residents out of jail for certain misdemeanor offenses, they are able to show up for work, attend class, and be home with their families. We are deeply disappointed by the stance that the San Marcos Police Officers Association has taken in the 11th hour on an ordinance that has been discussed by city council and community advocates for over a year. We will not allow the San Marcos Police Department to threaten our community and are deeply concerned with the actions of those sworn to protect the city of San Marcos.” 

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MOVE Texas is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots organization building power in underrepresented youth communities through civic education, leadership development, and issue advocacy. 

Mano Amiga is a grassroots outfit based in Hays County, Texas, championing racial justice and a serious rehaul to the criminal legal system.

Texas Rising is a project of the Texas Freedom Network, builds the power of a rising generation of young Texans, with an emphasis on communities of color, by advocating for change in the cities and towns where they live, and at the ballot box.

Texas Tribune: Texas judge will issue order that could greatly expand mail-in voting

Texas judge will issue order that could greatly expand mail-in voting

A state district judge said Wednesday that he will issue a temporary injunction expanding who can qualify for an absentee ballot for the upcoming elections. The decision faces certain appeal as Democrats and Republicans clash over voter access.

KUT: Texas’ Ban On Online Voter Registration Complicates Efforts To Turn Out Young People In November

Texas’ Ban On Online Voter Registration Complicates Efforts To Turn Out Young People In November

“Voter groups are scrambling to figure out how to continue registering young people during the COVID-19 pandemic, since Texas is among a minority of states that don’t allow online voter registration.”

Coronavirus outbreak rekindles fight over San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance

Coronavirus outbreak rekindles fight over San Antonio’s paid sick leave ordinance

The spread of the novel coronavirus has given new fuel to the debate over whether San Antonio employers should be required by law to give their workers paid time off when they’re sick.

Texas Youth Power Alliance Releases Open Letter To 2020 Presidential Campaigns

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

To: Vice President Joe Biden; Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Mayor Pete Buttigieg; Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard; Senator Amy Klobuchar; Senator Bernie Sanders; Tom Steyer; and, Senator Elizabeth Warren

From: MOVE Texas Action Fund, Texas Rising Action, Jolt Initiative, Texas Youth Rise

Re: Young People Made Texas a Battleground State

Dear 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates,

On behalf of the millions of young people who call the Lone Star State home: Welcome to Texas, the nation’s largest battleground state. We’ve noticed a disconcerting trend across all of your campaigns and want to ask a simple question: Where have you been?

A poll released this morning from the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University finds that 66% of Millennial and Gen Z Texans polled, including 75% of Latinx voters, have not heard from a campaign or political party. With early voting starting today, that is more than two-thirds of young voters who have not been contacted, engaged, nor mobilized. How can you expect to be competitive in a state where you do not invest resources in the one in three voters under the age of 30?

Collectively, our organizations have registered tens of thousands of young Texans despite some of the most restrictive voter suppression tactics in the country. We do so because empowering young voters is critical, not just to win elections, but to strengthen our democracy. Do not take our votes for granted.

Together, we are building a new generation of Texas voters who are fundamentally changing the electorate of this state and this country. 43% of Texans are under the age of 30 years old, and 63% of us are people of color: We are young, black, brown, and we are voting. 

Since 2016, more than a million voters under the age of 25 have been added to the Texas voter rolls and will be voting for the first time this year. Voting becomes a habit when fostered and invested in by non-profits, political parties, and yes, candidates. You are doing a disservice to your candidacies by not putting resources behind getting out the youth vote. More importantly, you are showing a contemptuous disregard for the power of our voices. The young people of Texas deserve better.

Youth voter turnout in Texas has tripled between the last two midterms, an increase that has changed the political narrative in Texas. Our organizations are building upon that dramatic increase to build political power for the young people who made this state a battleground. Texas is one of the youngest states in the country, a state rich with diversity, culture, and 262 Democratic delegates up for grabs. You need to do more to earn every one of them.

In the coming weeks before Super Tuesday, we hope to see these numbers change. We hope to see you and your campaigns meaningfully engage with young voters about the issues facing our generation — climate change, criminal justice reform, healthcare, student loan debt, immigration justice — and work intentionally to mobilize our communities.

For democracy, 

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