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National Arts Strategies Seeks Applications for 2015 Creative Community Fellowships
National Arts Strategies

National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for the 2015 Creative Community Fellowship program for innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems.

Led by experts and leaders in social innovation, design thinking, and creative placemaking, fellows gain the tools, skills, and networks needed to activate ideas that will transform their communities. The program, in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania, incorporates a residential and an online track. All fellows enter the program with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem they want to solve in their communities.

The residential track brings twenty-two entrepreneurs together for a week of learning and networking. Mentors, educators, and the NAS team lead daily workshops that help fellows think about how to move their projects forward. The group benefits from the network, sharing ideas and experiences in a remote, retreat-like setting that encourages openness, collaboration, and connection. Following this session, fellows will have access to online tools, lessons, and discussion to help them further their projects. Fellows will come together six months later for a two-day feedback session, where they will have the opportunity to make their pitches to national funders who support creative placemaking initiatives.

The online track is designed to accommodate entrepreneurs who may not be able to travel. Twenty-eight fellows will be provided with online tools, lessons, and discussions to help them design, lead, and pitch their projects. Online fellows will work with NAS, their individual mentors, and the residential fellows to help test and refine their ideas throughout the program. Fellows will share those ideas online, so that their community stakeholders, other innovators, and leaders in the arts and cultural field can engage in an online conversation around the progress of each project.

All fifty fellows will connect online as a single community, sharing monthly updates on their progress and providing feedback on other fellows’ projects. They will also use the online space to share project pitches and get peer feedback. Following the feedback sessions, fellows will have the opportunity to create a crowd-source campaign to fund their projects.

To be eligible, applicants must be curious, open, and collaborative cultural entrepreneurs dedicated to creating healthy neighborhoods.

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

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Deadline: 04-26-2015

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