Creative Community Fellows

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Creative Community Fellows


Creating community change requires individuals with grit, those who are passionate and dedicated to tackling the challenges that lie ahead. Is this you? Are you using arts and culture to drive transformation in your community?

National Arts Strategies is looking for artists, activists, community organizers, administrators, entrepreneurs (the list goes on and on!) who are driving change in their communities, to join the Creative Community Fellows program.

Creative Community Fellows unites a group of twenty-five change-makers throughout the U.S. Over nine-months, Fellows receive tools, training and access to a community of support to activate their ideas and move their projects forward. Fellows jump-start the program by living and learning together for one week in rural Vermont in an incubator-like environment presented in partnership with the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy.

Fellows take monthly online courses together in topic areas such as community partnerships, finding capital & support, budgeting and more. They share updates on their projects, meet with leaders in the field who serve as mentors and have the rare chance to engage face-to-face with funders to pitch their projects and receive feedback.

Tuition for the program, including lodging and meals is completely underwritten! All of us at the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation are thrilled to announce that we are supporting the participation of Fellows from the Akron community. Because of our support, Fellows from this area will be eligible for partial travel support to both in-person events.

On Tuesday, March 29 from 3:30-4:30pm, we will be hosting a webinar with NAS Director, Sunny Widmann for folks in the Akron community who are interested in applying. Please go to to join.

Please visit the NAS website to learn more about the program and get involved. Apply to become a Fellow or share this information with others!

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