Alexandria, VA – NAS introduces the 25 creative change agents selected to participate in the 2021-2022 Creative Community Fellows: New England. Highlighting creative entrepreneurs who lead exciting projects to drive change in New England communities, this ten month fellowship encourages participants to embrace their capacities for authentic leadership, examine partnerships and strategies, and strengthen their connections with their communities.
From a cooperative print studio of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and Queer/Trans artists, printmakers, and designers in Providence, Rhode Island, to interactive maker circles in Montpelier, Vermont, that deepen our understanding of democracy, each Fellow brings a unique project, experiences, and expertise to the cohort. Together, the cohort will enrich each other’s work through the vibrant network and community of practice formed within the program.
“New England is a region rich with culture and made up of a range of vibrant communities. As we all have felt the isolating effects of the pandemic, now is an important time to support leaders working at the intersection of culture and community. These individuals are uniquely equipped to involve the people around them in manifesting real and collaborative change,” said Sunny Widmann, Director at NAS. “Creative Community Fellows: New England creates an environment where these leaders are connected, celebrated, and supported.”
Introduced in 2018, Creative Community Fellows: New England is funded by the Barr Foundation, who underwrites each Fellow’s participation costs, including a $10,000 stipend. Over the course of the program, Fellows engage in online learning modules and two in-person convenings where they test, adapt, and build on their work with NAS, faculty partners, mentors from around the sector, and each other. Upon completion of the program, Fellows join the international network of NAS program alumni where they can explore further collaborations and forge new connections.
“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, impactful, community-focused initiatives are more important than ever. Creative Community Fellows: New England provides cultural trailblazers with resources to amplify the impact they bring to their communities and skills they can carry forward to every endeavor afterwards,” said SueEllen Kroll, the Barr Foundation’s Senior Program Officer of Arts & Creativity. “The Barr Foundation is proud to support this fellowship and celebrate its newest members. We look forward to following your progress and ways you lead change in the places you live and work.”
The following individuals were selected for projects that positively impact New England communities and NAS is so excited for them to begin collaborating with one another.
Salwa Abdussabur | New Haven, CT
Erik Andrade | New Bedford, MA
Ashley Betton | Whiting, VT
Christopher Croucher | Leominster, MA
Jinyi Duan | Cambridge, MA
Gabrielle Gibson | Providence, RI
Tycho Horan | Providence, RI
Eve Jacobs-Carnahan | Montpelier, VT
April Jasak-Bangs | Belchertown, MA
Faithlyn Johnson | Hartford, CT
Hernan Jourdan | Providence, RI
Becky Karush | Swanzey, NH
Morgan Leichter-Saxby | Bellows Falls, VT
Zeph Lodestone | Burlington, VT
Joel Mackall | Dorchester, MA
Cailin Marcel Manson | Springfield, MA
Fatema Maswood | Providence, RI
Camille Montano | Providence, RI
Ellice Patterson | Brookline, MA
Alison Yueming Qu | Boston, MA
Nohemi Rodriguez | Boston, MA
Susan Rosano | Guilford, VT
Greg Torrales | Deltona, FL
Bess Welden | Portland, ME
Amanda Whitworth | Ashland, NH