California Arts Council

State of California

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2018 CatchLight Fellowship

CatchLight exists because we believe in the power of visual storytelling to drive social change. In an increasingly divided landscape, there has never been a better time to bind our world together with empathy and compassion. A CatchLight Fellowship serves as an incubator - a space to receive financial support, unlock individual potential, and leverage partnerships. We are seeking storytellers who use art as a catalyst to spark new conversations, and whose work is poised to be significantly amplified by collaboration, mentorship, and networking.

A CatchLight Fellowship is awarded for life. Beyond initial support with their project, Fellows will join a "brain trust" of advisors and creative thought leaders all dedicated to igniting social growth. The Fellowship is designed to do more than just give; we have a long-term vision that builds knowledge and community as a development tool for a better society.

In 2017 CatchLight launched its inaugural fellowship program, honoring three storytellers who demonstrated excellence in the use of photography. Each fellow received an award of $30,000 and entered a partnership with an established media partner to collaborate on a year-long project focused on driving social change.

Continuing our commitment to impactful storytelling, the 2018 CatchLight Fellowship will once again offer three awards of $30,000. But this year, we are encouraging participants to push the boundaries in new and exciting ways. Proposals must represent the highest quality of art, be socially focused, and present innovative distribution ideas. We welcome a wide variety of topics, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, religion, nationality, health, democracy, climate, and immigration. As always, we invite and encourage a broad diversity in applicants, ideas, and creative mediums.

Contact: Abby Connolly
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Deadline: 01-31-2018

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