Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship Application Process Now Open For Cycle VIII Spring 2020

January 15, 2020

The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora (CCCADI) invites applications for their Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship (ICA) designed for 30 to 40-year-old arts-based professionals from historically marginalized communities of color. Founded in 2014, the ICA Fellowship trains mid-career professionals of color for public leadership and management of cultural institutions and nonprofit arts organizations in New York City and across the nation. A noted pioneering initiative in arts advocacy and cultural equity, the ICA Fellowship has been an impetus for radical change in New York City. Now, in its 8th cycle, the Fellowship seeks to involve and increase the number of emerging leaders of color in cultural arts, public policy, and arts advocacy.

ICA Fellow-participants will engage through an in-depth series of collaborative exchanges, and assignments that nurture an understanding of historical contexts for the field of cultural arts public policy, offer innovative and progressive thinking and provide opportunities to meet notable leaders in the field who highlight and utilize language and framework models that address the existing inequity within cultural arts public policy.
Complete Applications Must Be Submitted Online By 5 PM On Friday, January 31st, 2020, e-mail questions:
30 to 40-year-old arts-based professionals from historically marginalized communities of color; must be endorsed by a current or recent employer or mentor; and can commit to attend all monthly gatherings
When & Where:
ICA Fellowship Sessions for Spring 2020 will be held at CCCADI located at 120 East 125th Street in Manhattan, from 9:30 am until 3:30 pm on the following Saturdays: February 29th, March 21st, April 18th, May 16th, June 20th, July 18th, and a required Meet and Greet on Thursday, April 16 at CCCADI.

Fellows will gain the following:
  • Effective strategies firmly rooted in social justice, arts advocacy, and cultural equity models from the Civil Rights era to more recent progressive grassroots arts movements
  • Access to executive-level arts professionals through monthly sessions and cultural site visits
  • Certification and a generous stipend of $750 for successful program completion
Fellows will engage with topics such as:
Frameworks in Historical-Cultural Activism; Public Arts, Fiscal Equity: A Tale of Two Arts Cities; Building Institutions in Our Own Image, among others
Major support for the Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellowship is provided by:  New York Community Trust, American Express, Shelly & Donald Rubin Foundation and New York Cultural Affairs.
The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute is an arts, culture, education, and media organization that advances cultural equity and justice for African descendant communities. A multi-disciplinary center based in East Harlem, New York City, CCCADI integrates art, education, activism and conscious cultural tourism to foster social transformation. The Center documents and present the creative genius of African Diaspora cultures; prepare the next generation of cultural leaders; and unite Diaspora communities. CCCADI carries out its mission through public art exhibitions, performances, educational programs, workshops, conferences and international exchanges, and reaches more than 20,000 people annually throughout New York City, Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe. For additional information please visit:
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