The Los Angeles-based Durfee Foundation has announced the recipients of the 2020-21 Stanton Fellowships, which provide funding to a select group of local leaders so that they can test a hunch, pursue an inquiry, and build their knowledge and contacts.
Awarded every two years, the fellowships provide six individuals in the greater Los Angeles area with $100,000 over two years to explore solutions to some of the region's most pressing challenges. Fellows also are invited to meet regularly to share their work, learn from each other, and discover more about Los Angeles by visiting different sites and neighborhoods.
This year's Stanton Fellows include Patrisse Cullors, co-founder of the Black Lives Matter network, who will investigate the impact artists have on social justice, prison reform, community organizing, and healing; Chris Ko, managing director for homelessness and strategic initiatives at United Way-Home for Good, who will examine how new platforms for giving and accessing social services can help unhoused and under-housed Angelenos make more meaningful connections; Community Coalition executive vice president Aurea Montes-Rodriguez, who will explore effective community-based approaches to investing in emerging women of color leaders; LA County Library director Skye Patrick, who will examine how libraries in the twenty-first century can be transformed to better address residents' social, educational, creative, and cultural needs; Coalition for Responsible Community Development president and CEO Mark Wilson, who will explore how to improve life for youth who age out of the foster care system; and artist and designer Rosten Woo, who will investigate how culture can strengthen civic engagement.
"We look for the most highly networked, deeply knowledgeable, inquisitive leaders," said Durfee Foundation executive director Claire Peeps, "those who are best positioned to make change happen. We are delighted to welcome these six exceptional leaders to the Stanton program."
For more information about the 2020-21 Stanton Fellows, see the Durfee Foundation website.