National Arts Strategies Seeks Applications for 2017 Creative Community Fellowships

National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for its 2017 Creative Community Fellowship program for innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems.

Guided by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows will gain the tools, skills, and networks they need to activate ideas that transform their communities. In 2017, twenty-five fellows with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem they want to solve in their communities will be invited to join the program.

The program brings cultural entrepreneurs together for a week of learning and fostering connections. Each day, mentors, educators and the NAS team lead workshops that help fellows think about how to move their projects forward. The group will benefit from the network, sharing ideas and experiences in a remote, retreat-like setting that encourages openness, collaboration, and connection. Following their week together, fellows will have access to online tools, lessons, and discussion groups designed to help them advance their projects. Fellows will then come together six months later for a three-day feedback session, where they will have the opportunity to make their pitches to national funders who support creative placemaking initiatives.

All fellows will connect online as a single community, sharing monthly updates on their projects’ progress and providing feedback on others’. They also will be invited to use the online space to share project pitches and get peer feedback. Following the feedback sessions, fellows will have the opportunity to create a crowdfunding campaign to support their projects.

To be eligible, applicants must be a cultural entrepreneur who is curious, open, and collaborative and dedicated to improving his or her community.

NAS will be accepting applications for the program beginning March 13, 2017. All applications must be received no later than April 23, 2017.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the NAS website.

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