Arts and Social Justice Fellowship Program Presented by Strathmore and Partner Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company Now Accepting Applications for 2023

by Patrick Herron

Per Montgomery County: The Arts and Social Justice Fellowship (ASJF), presented by Strathmore with Core Partner Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,  is looking toward its second year of identifying a next generation of artists with activism. Applications for the 2023 program are now being accepted, with a deadline of Sunday, Nov. 20. The program supports youth leadership and vision at the intersection of arts and social change.

The fellowship centers youth leadership, young people’s vision of the future and building community in the face of crisis. It was created in 2021 as part of Strathmore and Woolly’s co-presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon. It is seeking young artists whose activism reflects Butler’s dynamic lineage. More about the program, and the application form, can be found at 2022 Highlights (strathmore.org). The fellowship will broaden in 2023 to include study of a series of performances taking place at each presenting institution.

Performances will be accompanied by a thematic workshop, discussion and artistic response exercise. Students will meet in person at the performances and for one workshop between each performance. Meetings will alternate between in-person and virtual.
Fellows are required to attend all performances not marked as optional. The schedule includes:

Arts and Social Justice fellows receive support to further develop their analysis around social justice and systems change. The program enables them to build a unique vision for how they want to harness their artistry to intervene in the crises facing our world. Participants develop leadership skills, connect with networks of other students and professionals with similar interests and grow their capacity to drive projects from start to finish.  The program is made possible with support from the Allen A.B. Herman Fund.

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