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.

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Community change requires individuals with grit, those who are passionate and dedicated to tackling the challenges that lie ahead. It requires trailblazers who carefully engage local partners, who listen to the advice and counsel of community members and who can adapt their strategy based upon community feedback.

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

You are:

  • 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.”
Philip Graulty
People's Pop-Up
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.”
Teré Fowler-Chapman
Words on the Avenue
Tucson, AZ



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.