Creative Community Fellows


Spark connections. Accelerate your work. Transform communities.

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 together for six 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 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 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’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 working on a project to create positive community change through arts and culture and ready to take your project to the next level
  • Curious, open, and collaborative
  • Looking to join a community of practice that will hold you accountable
  • 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:


Ideal Creative Community Fellows Applicant



JUL 9, 2019
Application Deadline
AUG 13, 2019
Notification // All applicants notified of application status
OCT 28 – NOV 5, 2019
Creative Community House // East Topsham, Vermont
FALL 2019 – WINTER 2020
Online Learning
FEB 27 – MAR 1, 2020
Launchpad // Scotts Valley, California

Core Curriculum

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

Participation Costs

Tuition is on us thanks to the generous support of The Kresge Foundation, Bush Foundation, Australia Council for the Arts, and the Robert W. Deutsch Foundation. Program fees, including the cost of lodging, food, local transportation is completely underwritten.
Fellows are only responsible for their transportation to and from the two in-person events.

Creative Community Fellows Webinar


Want to learn more about Creative Community Fellows? Watch a recording of our most recent webinar for an in-depth exploration of the program journey and application process!
Watch:Creative Community Fellows Webinar

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