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Define American: Immigrant Artist Fellowship

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Define American is now accepting applications for the Immigrant Artist Fellowship. Artists selected for the fellowship will be connected with resources, gain national exposure, and receive a stipend. They will work with community-based organizations in their area to continue building their capacity as cultural change-makers and demonstrate how art can catalyze positive and lasting narrative change.

About the Fellowship
Define American created this fellowship to support immigrant artists who engage their communities as they further develop their artistic practice and shape narratives of American identity. Selected artists receive a stipend and resources and gain national exposure as they work with community-based organizations, build their capacity as cultural change-makers and demonstrate how art can catalyze positive and lasting narrative change.

Define American recognizes a broad definition of artist, including: painters, designers, writers, comedians, poets, actors, sculptors, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, etc. This program is uniquely suited to supporting artists who have a deep commitment to their local communities.

Selected artist fellows will receive:

$5,000 stipend
Regular coaching check-ins with Define American staff
Professional development workshops
Tools to collaborate with community-based organizations in their local communities
Opportunity to apply for additional project-based arts funding
Opportunities to collaborate with national and regional Define American programs and campaigns as the artist is interested
Application process:

Please review the full fellowship expectations before applying.
Complete application form and upload portfolio
Finalists will be contacted by email to schedule a phone interview in April
Applications deadline: March 31, 2020 at 11:59pm PST.

Who should apply?

Currently practicing artists with some completed work
Immigrant Americans, regardless of current immigration status – undocumented, naturalized citizens, green card holders, refugees, asylum seekers, etc
Artists that can commit to participating in at least six one-hour-long professional development webinars
Individuals with a strong commitment to their local communities
Artists who will not be enrolled in a degree-seeking program during the length of this fellowship (May – November 2020)
Special consideration will be given to artists living in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Arizona
Must be 18+ in order to apply
Questions: Please contact the Creative Programs Manager Bethany Wearden (bethany@defineamerican.com).


Define American recognizes a broad definition of artist including: painters, designers, writers, comedians, poets, actors, sculptors, filmmakers, interdisciplinary artists, etc. This program is uniquely suited to supporting artists who have a deep commitment to their local communities.

Special consideration will be given to artists living in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Arizona.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.defineamerican.com/arts/. The deadline for applications is March 31, 2020.

For any questions, please contact Creative Programs Manager Bethany Wearden by email at bethany@defineamerican.com.

Please help us spread the word to any artists in your network that might be interested!

Thank you,
Bethany Wearden
Creative Programs Manager
Define American