Environmental review

Let’s have a show of hands (and please don’t be embarrassed): How many of you brushed your teeth this morning?

Ok, good. How many of you brushed your teeth in a bathroom? How many in a kitchen?

Now, hands up if you brushed your teeth on the subway? No? No one? Why not? I mean, you have an awesome yellow travel toothbrush. Why not use it?

Brushing Teeth B

We hear you: you need some water to rinse, a sink to spit into, maybe even some privacy. That makes sense.

Tools are awesome. But we can’t brush our teeth anywhere we like just because we have the right tool in our pocket. We also need the right environment.

Keep that in mind the next time you think you can get real work done on the subway just because you have a Dick Tracy gizmo on your wrist. If there are cars honking and sirens screaming, a mobile phone isn’t even that helpful to make a phone call. Would you lead a conference call while sitting on your stoop across the street from a busy firehouse? Of course not. The right environment makes a big difference.

Summer Stipend 2015

This year’s panelists are: Liz Andrien, Moira Brennan, Gary Chou, Rachel Crawford, Cindy Gallop, and Patricia Rappaport.

The Macktez Summer Stipend is a $1,000 development grant to encourage one of the many people we meet and work with every day to finish their summer project. We evaluate applications on three simple criteria: originality, relevance, and conviction.

The application for our Summer Stipend is clean and straightforward. We’ve tried to help you keep on track by sharing this step-by-step project plan, including deadlines, specific actionable tasks, and time estimates. But where you do the work is entirely up to you.

Apply for this year’s Summer Stipend by July 25.

Where can you spend an uninterrupted hour or two? Do you work best at a desk or on your couch? Do you like low light or bright? Can you work through the buzz at Starbucks or do you need quiet? Do you need a fast internet connection, or can you go into airplane mode?

Now that you’ve settled in to the right environment, you can get to work on the Stipend application.

Working Yellow

Choosing the right environment is part of our second Working Yellow workshop.

In the first workshop, Planning, we identify the power of deadlines and the importance of writing things down, and we work through how to break any project into actionable tasks so that when you’re ready to get to work you know exactly what you need to do next.

In the second workshop, Doing, we talk about how important it is to have the right tools, the right environment, and the right frame of mind to step effectively through your tasks and not lose focus.

And in the third workshop, Collaborating, or Planning and Doing Together, we stress the difference between a good meeting and a good conversation. Plus we look at communication tips that will help you apply lessons from the first two workshops to a collaborative work environment.

If you’re interested in learning how to make daily progress on your projects and goals with more deliberate choices about your time, join us for a free, private offering of our three-part workshop in July. (We’re also presenting the Working Yellow workshops as part of UnionDocs’ summer intensive for emerging filmmakers.)

Summer Stipend Application

The deadline is July 25. Use this application worksheet to make sure you prepare your proposal thoughtfully and on time.

Let this application help you clarify your needs, focus your attention, and set a schedule.

If our panelists are moved by the originality and relevance of your application, you’ll receive $1,000 to help you reach the finish line.

Please check your submission carefully prior to hitting the submit button. This information is sent immediately and you will not have the opportunity to review or edit.

You will be notified by email when finalists are selected, and when our 2015 recipient is named.

Ownership: By submitting material you affirm that you are the sole owner of all materials submitted for the Macktez Summer Stipend including but not limited to text, drawings, diagrams, photographs and video.
Permissions: You hereby grant permission for publication of the submitted material for potential use in press releases, presentations, exhibits, history books and similar publications; as well as for public access for student and educational purposes in all media including the Internet.

The Macktez Summer Stipend is a development grant to encourage one of the many imaginative people we meet and work with every day to finish their summer project. We evaluate applications on three simple criteria: originality, relevance, and conviction.

Stipend Archive

  • 2014 — Congratulations to Paula Segal, our 2014 Summer Stipend Recipient
    With Urban Reviewer Signage for Urban Renewal Areas in New York City Paula and her colleagues will produce and implement signs to mark active renewal areas, to help build awareness of urban renewal plans.
  • 2013 — Congratulations to Andrew Ellis, Summer Stipend Recipient
    Andrew is wrapping up production of Oakland: New Urban Eating. After adding some final touches, he is hoping to finish the whole project before the end of June and will most likely make it available as an ebook through Blurb.
  • 2012 — Congratulations to Sarah Nelson Wright
    Sarah and her colleagues partnered with a robotics lab at NYU to host an event (similar to the Newton Creek Armada project) on the Gowanus Canal for City of Water Day in July. This time, in addition to video, the boats sent live water quality data back to shore. In April, they curated a group show of projects about the Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal at Proteus Gowanus in Brooklyn. In May, we presented the Newtown Creek Armada at the Open Engagement conference at the Queens Museum.
  • 2011 — Congratulations to Mary Jeys
    Mary's Brooklyn Torch Project has been thriving since she received the Stipend in 2011. In August she will present the project at a conference on artists and communal exchange in Rotterdam with a group called Oblique International. She's also writing a book about her journey. Most recently, she convened a panel on the DIY economy at the Left Forum in NYC.
  • 2010 — Congratulations to Jack Shaw
    Jack received the 2010 stipend for his vision to create a waste-free product made out of its own packing material. The result will be The Light Box, a floor lamp or wall sconce incorporating its own packaging into the design and construction.
  • 2009 — Congratulations to Zoe Fraade-Blanar
    Zoe Fraade-Blanar received the 2009 stipend to map the difference between the news people are searching for and what journalists are publishing. Beautiful visual representations can show editors which hot topics are underrepresented by news sources, giving them the opportunity to generate readership by tapping unmet demand. The result was Current: A News Project her thesis project at NYU's Tisch ITP. Current is now being used at a large (unnamed) newspaper to help editors determine what stories to move to the front page of their website.
  • 2008 — Congratulations to Nicole Kenney for Before I Die I Want To
    Nicole and partner KS continue to grow the Polaroid project. Since the summer that they won the stipend, they have taken the project to India as well as hospice. Nicole is finishing a 1-year program in Documentary Photography at the International Center of Photography. She had an exhibition opening at ICP June 24, 2011 called "living in love, living in loss," an autobiographical exploration of the impermanence of marriage. Check out her website to see what she's up to now.
  • 2007 — Congratulations to Andrew Sloat for A More Perfect Union
    Andrew Sloat has been keeping himself busy, directing TV commercials and holding down a graphic design practice, as well as teaching at RISD. Last October he had a piece in Times Square.
  • 2006 — Christopher Allen and UnionDocs
    Christopher Allen and UnionDocs are busy with a new Summer Documentary Intensive program and their “Living Los Sures” project which premieres at a festival this fall. Two shorts from the larger collaborative project just won Best Short Documentary and Best Brooklyn Film at the Brooklyn Film Festival!
  • 2005 — Daniel Marr, Chinatown
    First of all, Daniel's changed his surname back to the one he was born with: Maher. When we last spoke to him, Daniel was writing songs for his seventh album.