Creative Community Fellows: New England


Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. Creative Community Fellows brings together cultural trailblazers throughout New England for a ten month fellowship to be part of something bigger, learning life-changing skills collaborating to see dreams become reality.


You are…

a creative change-maker in your community. You use the power of arts and culture to drive equitable 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 gain…

understanding of project strategy, human centered design, community partnerships and equitable leadership from a teaching and facilitating team of NAS staff, university faculty, artists, and organizers and leaders in the field. 94% of Fellows said they gained new skills relevant to their work.

You’ll use…

your new knowledge 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.


Who Should Apply

You are an artist, community organizer, administrator or entrepreneur leading a project that uses arts-based approaches to create positive change in your community.


  • Your project is in motion or has been tested and is ready to scale
  • You live and work in: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, or Vermont
  • You’re curious, open, and collaborative
  • You want to join a community of practice that will hold you accountable
  • You’re ready to contribute your skills and take the time to apply what you learn


This program is about action and we recognize that this work happens in stages. The most competitive applicants will be those who already have a good start:


Project Stages



Creative Community Fellows: New England Program Experience

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Core Curriculum

STRATEGY: Clarify your project’s unique value and position in connection to your community

HUMAN-CENTERED DESIGN: Learn a people-centered, cyclical process for developing and testing new ideas

EQUITABLE LEADERSHIP: Develop a growth mindset and a way of leading that stems from your values, holding equity at the center of all that you do

View the program curriculum. 

Program Fee

Tuition for Creative Community Fellows: New England, including room and board at the Creative Community House and Launchpad in-person events, is free through the generous support of The Barr Foundation.

Program Stipend

Each Fellow will have access to a $10,000 stipend to help offset the costs of participating in Creative Community Fellows: New England. Stipends are taxable income and will be issued starting in 2022.

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