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Arts and culture can be a powerful force for positive community change. That's why creative people who are called to strengthen their communities need to be supported.
Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. Creative Community Fellows brings cultural trailblazers across New England together for five months, to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills and to see dreams become reality.
You are… a creative change-maker in your community. You use the power of arts and culture to drive social or physical transformations in your world, alongside local partners.
You have… a good start, but want to advance your project to make an even greater impact. So you’ll need the curiosity, an open mind and determination to tackle the challenges ahead.
You’ll learn… strategy, design thinking and leadership from University of Pennsylvania faculty, NAS, leading mentors and practitioners in the field, as well as your peers. 94% of Fellows said they gained new skills relevant to their work.
You will… put your new knowledge into practice right away. Together, we’ll test, adapt and build on your work. You’ll walk away with clarity…and a game plan. 90% of Fellows said they shared learnings from the program with their collaborators and organizations.
You’ll join… an incredible community of collaborators dedicated to learning from and sharing with each other. It’s a connected cohort that continues to support each other long after the program concludes.
This program is about action and we recognize that this work happens in stages. The most competitive applicants will be those who have a good start:
“The connections made with a diverse range of like-minded, inspired, and accomplished artists and changemakers have been the most useful to me in expanding my understanding of how to navigate as a leader of a service centered creative/arts/healing organization.”
Southwest Mississippi Multiplex
San Jose, CA
“I have never had time and space to really focus on my ambitious projects, nor had recognition from anyone other than peers that these are useful things to spend time on. I get a lot of "you are taking too much on" or "just focus on growing your business" etc...and also a lot of "that seems really ambitious"--it's nice to have the feedback that yes, while ambitious and challenging, these ideas have merit and are worth pursuing.”
La Cultura Cura
STRATEGY: Clarify your project's unique value and position in your community
DESIGN THINKING: Learn a people-centered, cyclical process for developing and testing new ideas
LEADERSHIP: Develop a growth mindset and a way of leading that stems from your values
Download the detailed curriculum.
Thanks to the generous support of The Barr Foundation, tuition is on us. All tuition, including the cost of lodging, food, local transportation and program fees is completely underwritten.
Fellows are responsible for their transportation to and from the two in-person events.