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Americans for the Arts’ Arts + Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship
Americans for the Arts, in partnership with the Joyce Foundation and American Express, has released the application for the year-long Arts + Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship for emerging or mid-career arts professionals of color living in Chicago, Cleveland, or Indianapolis. Thoughtful, bold, and creative applicants who understand professional self-investment as a critical step in creating healthy, vibrant, and equitable arts ecosystems and communities are sought.
Deadline: MARCH 27, 2019
Americans for the Arts (AFTA) has partnered with The Joyce Foundation and American Express Foundation to introduce the Arts & Culture Leaders of Color Fellowship (ACLC Fellowship).
AFTA’s research, echoing research by the Hewlett Foundation, suggests that emerging and mid-career leaders of color are not advancing to senior leadership positions or are migrating out of the field rather than up through it. Possible drivers, based on listening charettes hosted in each city included: structural and institutional racism, limited access to senior-level arts administrators of color, feelings that exceptional work is undervalued or unrecognized by powerbrokers, a disconnected professional community of peers, and the perceptions that opportunity and welcome will be better elsewhere, among others.
The ACLC Fellowship is a one-year professional development experience for emerging and mid-career arts leaders of color across arts disciplines. The 2019 – 2020 cohort includes fellows from Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis and the 2020 – 2021 cohort will include fellows from Chicago, Detroit, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and St. Paul. The two-year pilot aims to be a model for systemic national arts leadership change by coupling advanced leadership development for ACLC Fellows with targeted learning opportunities for their close professional mentors and regional arts leaders who, all together work to advance their approaches to management towards greater racial and cultural equity in the Great Lakes region.
A total of 12 fellows from Chicago, Cleveland, and Indianapolis (four fellows from each city) will be accepted into the 2019 – 2020 cohort through a competitive application process.
Each applicant MUST:
Highly competitive applicants INCLUDE:
The fellowship curriculum follows five core themes and is delivered in component parts that support fellows in their work to advance arts institutional missions as well as their individual career trajectories. Core themes include:
How to Apply
Applications open through Wednesday, March 27, 2019: apply online ONLY at www.americansforthearts.org
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