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Create Change Fellowship

Overview

The Create Change Fellowship program is for artists and cultural producers who are interested in developing and deepening a collaborative, community-based, and socially-engaged creative practice. The Fellowship is philosophically grounded in peer-learning around art making, power analysis, and community building.

The 2022 Create Change Fellowship is a six-month incubator that gives participants the tools to develop, workshop, and generate project ideas incorporating The LP’s values and community-based methodology. The program requires a significant time commitment as Fellows will design community-engaged programs within The LP’s storefront in Bed-Stuy. The program offers a $500 honorarium and a production budget for programming.

Up to 10 Fellows will be selected to participate in the 2022 program. We value applications with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and expertise, while encouraging age diversity, multilingual folks, and practitioners without formal instruction to apply.

Review the 2022 Create Change Program Guidelines

The 2022 Fellowship program will run from January  through June. Each Fellow will receive a stipend of $500 for their participation in the program. The program schedule includes the following:

  • Five workshops 
  • Individual and group coaching sessions on cultural organizing
  • Opportunity to develop a collaborative public program 
  • A culminating final presentation
  • Access to weekly office-hours with LP program staff

2022 Open Call

The 2022 Create Change Fellowship Open Call is now open!

Deadline to apply is Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 11:59PM EDT

Application Opens: July 1
Info Session: July 14
Application Closes: August 1
Fellowship Interview Panel: October 2
Award Notification: October 2021

Application Reviews

LP staff will review all applications and select a shortlist to be invited for an interview with our Artist and Community Council panel. Due to the volume of applicants, we are not able to provide feedback to candidates who do not progress to the interview round.

Interview Panel

We will convene via Zoom conference to conduct the interview panels. Fellowship candidates will be interviewed in a group format on October 2nd. During the group interview, each candidate will have the opportunity to introduce themselves and answer an icebreaker question before breaking into small groups to conduct a collaborative activity. The group interview will run for approximately 75 minutes.

Learn more about the Create Change program and the selection process from LP staff and alumni artists.

We value applications with diverse backgrounds, experiences, abilities, and expertise, while encouraging age diversity, multilingual folks, and practitioners without formal instruction to apply.

Ideal candidates have some experience with developing collaborative or community-based projects. They are in alignment with LP values and have the experience or capacity to contribute to a collaborative learning environment.

Eligible Fellow Candidates:

  • Demonstrate a practice or deep interest in socially and community engaged art
  • Are in alignment with The LP’s values and POC-centered principles
  • Are at least 21 years of age
  • Are not enrolled in a degree-seeking program
  • Are preferably based in NYC, but can be temporarily or recently based outside of the city due to COVID-19
  • Are committed to working collaboratively with their cohort members
  • Are familiar with the cultural history and local issues impacting the communities of color
  • Have the availability to commit 100 hours to the Fellowship

Review the 2022 Create Change Program Guidelines before applying!

I do not identify as a community-based artist or one that incorporates social practice within my work. Am I eligible for the program?

Yes, you are eligible. We know that traditional models of formal training for visual artists (be they based in universities or facilitated through residencies emphasizing individual aesthetic and/or professional development) quite often do not fully prepare them to work with and in a community in a sustained or even substantive way.

Create Change was created to offer artists an opportunity to deepen or develop a public art practice that graduates from a model of placing static art objects in public spaces to one that emphasizes the ways art and artists can serve as catalysts for social action and relationship building (not just contemplation). We realize that some artists may not identify as community-based artists or social practitioners, but are curious about making work in this way. We created the Fellowship program to provide a space where artists can build on their approaches to community-based art making.

What is the time commitment for the program?

Fellows and Artists-in-residence will spend roughly 50 hours participating in workshop sessions and related programming, and should plan to spend an additional 50 hours attending professional development offerings, work sessions with their cohort, coaching sessions, artist salons. Artists-in-Residence will also spend a substantial amount of time developing their independent projects.

I’ve already participated in several professional development programs. What is unique about Create Change?

Create Change is not a typical series of professional development workshops. Some of the topics and themes covered every year include: cultural arts organizing, building community partnerships, deep listening and storytelling, understanding public policy, dismantling racism through art, and more. We believe in the tenets of popular education and draw from the immense and diverse knowledge of the cohort participants throughout the program.

This experiential form of learning is central to The LP’s mission and core values, which we imbue in all of our programs. Besides concrete skills and experiential learning opportunities, one of the greatest benefits we offer our artists is a network of like-minded practitioners and supporters.

Do I have to be a “visual artist” or professional practitioner to apply? How do you define a professional artist?

Artists working in any art form are eligible to apply as long as they are interested in community-based art making. For The LP, art includes visual, media, literary, and performing arts as well as curation, scholarship, education, healing, community organizing, and other cultural traditions, productions, and practices. You do not have to consider yourself an artist to apply.

We recognize that there are many creative practitioners who do not identify themselves as “professional artists” and/or do not earn their living solely from art-making. Successful applicants are able to demonstrate a record of artistic experience; and analytical thinking skills to contribute to the collaborative learning environment.

How much of the hybrid program schedule will be in-person? 

We are planning to host all the workshops and public programs in-person at our storefront in Bed-Stuy, while the professional development offerings (coaching, mentorship, office hours, etc) will be scheduled through Zoom or Google Meet. 

What kind of tech access will I need in order to participate?

  • Access to reliable and consistent internet connection 
  • Access to a computer or tablet with camera and a microphone (not a phone if possible) 
  • A Zoom account set up and familiarity with the features (you can open an account for free here)
  • A Google Meet account (you may access it via a gmail account, open a free account here)

Do I have to be based in NYC during the Fellowship or Residency program?

Yes, only artists that are currently based in NYC are eligible to apply for the Fellowship and Residency programs. 

May I receive feedback on my application?

Due to the high volume of applicants, we only share feedback with candidates who advance to the interview stage of the application process.

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