The Beginning: 1989 - 1999
A New Mission: 1999 - Present
Since the organization's expansion in 1999, Conjunction Arts has a strong track record of building partnerships to enhance dialogue between socially engaged artists and non-art communities working in civil society. Through McCallum & Tarry's collaborations with Chinese curators and artists, Conjunction Arts was able to launch the China Residency program in 2001 to enhance cultural exchange between artists in New York City and Beijing. This program was refocused and expanded in the Artists Residency Connection, which from 2001-2004 created residencies for socially engaged artists at community organizations for the creation of civic-based work. Conjunction Arts also established PublicEdge, a socially progressive speakers' bureau, in 2003 to connect publicly engaged artists with strategic cultural and academic institutions.
In 2007 Conjunction Arts built on principles charted in these early endeavors to launch the Mentorship program, pairing McCallum & Tarry with emerging artists to develop their work. From 2009 to 2012, the organization also helped organize the Brick + Mortar Film Festival in Greenfield, Massachusetts to revitalize a decaying downtown area with temporary installations of cutting-edge contemporary art.
In 2014, Conjunction Arts partnered with the Coalition for the International Criminal Court to create a unique, one-year embedded research residency for Bradley McCallum to lay the foundations for the Arts Initiative for International Justice and develop his own work, Weights and Measures, a body of visual and aural portraiture examining the complex histories of international criminal justice.