Around the world there are artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs working as change-makers in their communities – using arts and culture as vehicles to drive physical and social transformations.
Explore tools and frameworks from faculty at the University of Pennsylvania, NAS, mentors, practitioners and your peers in areas such as human-centered design and leadership.
Put your knowledge into practice, starting on day one. Test your ideas and receive feedback from this incredible community.
Join a community of practice where ideas grow and resources and collaborations thrive. This begins with the other Fellows in the cohort, but expands to include alumni, mentors, faculty, NAS and others in the field.
Who Should Apply
- A unique individual with an idea to use arts and culture to better a community
- Curious, open and collaborative
- Aware of the community problem you want to solve employing arts and culture as an agent in the solution
- From an urban, suburban or rural community
- Not necessarily associated with an organization
This program is about action. We recognize that this work happens in stages:
What Our Alumni Say
“This experience gave me everything I needed to move forward in my life: confidence, affirmation, validation, community, reality check, advice, mentorship, friendship, tools, resources, partnerships, and so much more.”
West Covina, CA
“This experience was so inspiring. I came in with a really good idea and a dream and this vision for my project, but just coming here I realized that there’s so many steps to make that dream a reality. Having that aha! moment in the middle of Vermont with this amazing weather, amazing house and amazing people was really magical and transformational.”
Words on the Avenue
Application deadline: April 23, 2017
Participants notified of application status: June 7, 2017
Creative Community House: August 6-14, 2017 | East Topsham, Vermont
Online learning: Summer 2017–Winter 2018
Creative Community Launchpad: February 7-11, 2018 | Bainbridge Island, Washington
Tuition is on us. All tuition, including the cost of lodging, food, local transportation and program fees ($8,000) is completely underwritten.
Fellows are responsible for their transportation to and from the two in-person events.*
*Thanks to the generous support of our funders, applicants residing in the states of Alabama, Connecticut, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota and the cities of Akron, OH, Charlotte, NC, Detroit, MI, San Jose, CA and St. Paul, MN are eligible for travel support.