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ASU announces NEA-funded Practices for Change Fellowship


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February 18, 2019

Arizona State University’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is seeking seven individuals with field experience exploring arts, culture and design-based collaborations in the work of equitable community development practices. These individuals will be funded to work in tandem with ASU as the inaugural cohort for the Practices for Change Fellowship, funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

“In our work to support transformative creative thinkers in non-arts sectors, we’re proud to share ASU resources with individuals who are examining systems and ideas of creative placemaking,” said Herberger Institute Dean Steven J. Tepper. “As we strive to be better community partners in Arizona and beyond, the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation is our place for bringing disruptive cultural innovators together to propel design- and arts-led social transformation for public good.”

In partnership with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice, the Herberger Institute’s National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation will support fellows whose main work experience is in non-arts systems, such as health, justice, sustainability, housing or community development, and who seek to expand their own practical field work via a partnership with resources at ASU that will work to codify and advance learning in creative placemaking through student engagement, community inquiry and knowledge/content creation for the field.

Funding for the fellowships are provided via an NEA Our Town Grant and the National Accelerator. The fellowship includes an annual stipend as well as travel and housing funds.

The deadline to apply for the fellowship is March 15, 2019. Up to seven fellows will be selected from applicants across the United States who have successfully collaborated with artists/designers/culture workers within interdisciplinary non-arts sectors. The fellowship will take place between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts brings together disruptive cultural innovators to prototype, incubate and scale use-inspired practice, policy and peer networks that propel artists and designers as leaders for social transformation and public good.

The mission of ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is to position designers, artists, scholars and educators at the center of public life and prepare them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.

Learn more about ASU’s National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation and about the Practices for Change Fellowship.

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