Arts and culture can be a powerful force for positive community change. That’s why creative people who are called to strengthen their communities need to be supported.
Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. UK Creative Community Fellows brings cultural trailblazers together to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills, and to see dreams become reality.
UK Creative Community Fellows is the result of a longstanding partnership between Derby Museums and NAS, a United States-based organisation that builds and supports diverse communities of cultural leaders, and the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania. The programme’s faculty and facilitators are drawn from all three institutions.
This programme is an online and in-person learning experience from October 2020 to January 2021 which joins artists, community organisers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the United Kingdom to explore new tools and frameworks which will assist their arts and culture projects in driving transformational change. The journey begins with nine days of living and learning alongside one another at an incubator-like environment in Yorkshire, continues with four months of focused online learning modules, and concludes with a trip to the United States to meet a broader international cohort of Creative Community Fellows and other trailblazers at a NAS event (NAS programme fee, lodging, and airfare are covered as part of your fellowship).
Leaders thrive when they understand and connect with their communities. They partner with other local organisations and take part in civic initiatives. Most importantly, they listen to community members. This kind of connectivity and relevance is the key to driving a physical or social transformation through the arts.
Is this you? Are you working to make your community healthier through arts and culture? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications to UK Creative Community Fellows are now closed.
You are… a creative change-maker in your community. You use the power of arts and culture to drive equitable social or physical transformations in your world, alongside local partners.
You have…a good start, but want to advance your project to make an even greater impact. So you’ll need the curiosity, an open mind and determination to tackle the challenges ahead.
You’ll gain… understanding of strategy, design thinking and leadership from University of Pennsylvania (USA) faculty, NAS, local mentors and practitioners in the field, as well as your peers. 94 % of Fellows said they gained new skills relevant to their work.
You’ll use… your new knowledge right away. Together, we’ll test, adapt and build on your work. You’ll walk away with clarity…and a game plan. 90% of Fellows said they shared learnings from the programme with their collaborators and organisations.
You’ll join… an incredible community of collaborators dedicated to learning from and sharing with each other. It’s a connected cohort that continues to support each other long after the programme concludes. Learn more about the greater network of Creative Community Fellows alumni.
Who Should Apply?
- An artist, community organiser, administrator or entrepreneur living in the UK and working on a project to create positive community change through arts and culture and ready to take your project to the next level
- Embedded within an organisation or are a freelancer
- Curious, open, and collaborative
- Looking to join a community of practice that will hold you accountable
- Ready to contribute your skills and take the time to apply what you learn
- Applicants with disabilities and BAME applicants are encouraged to apply
This programme is about action and we recognise that this work happens in stages. The most competitive applicants will be those who already have a good start:
12 May 2020
12-20 October 2020
Creative Community House // Yorkshire
November 2020 – January 2021
NAS Summit // United States
STRATEGY: Clarify your project’s unique value and position in your community
DESIGN THINKING: Learn a people-centred, cyclical process for developing and testing new ideas
LEADERSHIP: Develop a growth mindset and a way of leading that stems from your values
Thanks to the generous support of Arts Council England and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch), all programme fees (£10,000) are completely underwritten.
Fellows are responsible for their transportation to and from the in-person event in Yorkshire.
Watch A Webinar
Want to learn more about the support you’ll receive in UK Creative Community Fellows and the impact it will have on your project to drive a positive transformation in your community? Watch one of our recorded webinars!