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YBCA Fellows

 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is the Bay Area’s creative home for civic action. We believe that culture precedes change, and it is the responsibility of arts organizations to spur and support societal movement.

The YBCA Fellows program brings together creative citizens from across the Bay Area – artists and everyday people alike – to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue and project generation. Each Fellowship cohort will explore and respond to a question that emerged from our annual YBCA 100 summit. Together, they’ll use art and culture to inspire community transformation and drive new possibilities into the public imagination. Fellows’ projects will ultimately be presented at YBCA’s bi-annual Public Square, event that provides a platform to share new information, surface big questions, and enact change.

Become a YBCA Fellow
Applications for this cohort are being accepted digitally. The application period begins June 28, 2016 and will close at midnight PST on August 10, 2016.
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Interested in being a future YBCA Fellow?

YBCA will select 30 individuals to join our next Fellowship cohort. Selected participants will respond to the question “Why CITIZENSHIP?” The fellowship will last approximately one year, beginning in September 2016.

Who We're Looking For

YBCA is interested in working with changemakers who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is not just an opportunity for artists; rather, for all creative, socially inclined individuals. This is a place for makers, thinkers, do-gooders and provocateurs to collaborate and work in partnership with YBCA. The only firm requirement is a passion for building a more hopeful and equitable future.

Benefits of Fellowship

– The opportunity to delve deeply into the intersection of cultural and social responsibility.
– An illuminating program of tools and ideas; driven by YBCA culture makers and thinkers.
– Up close and personal access to world-renowned artists.
– The opportunity to connect and collaborate with an expanded network of Bay Area changemakers.
– A public platform for the presentation of Fellowship projects, as well as production support.
– $1,000 honorarium.

How it Works

This cohort of Fellows will ask and answer the question: “Why CITIZENSHIP?” This question was sourced at our annual YBCA 100 convening and will drive our practice for the coming year.

During monthly gatherings, YBCA Fellows will bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the research process. This is an environment in which all participants should be open to, at times, being both influencer and influenced. The program will introduce ideas and tools from artists and thinkers presented by YBCA to help Fellows refine and evolve ideas. Over the course of the year, the group will engage in meaningful conversation and catalyze action by generating projects to be presented publicly at YBCA.

During monthly gatherings, YBCA Fellows will bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the research process. This is an environment in which all participants should be open to, at times, being both influencer and influenced. The program will introduce ideas and tools from artists and thinkers presented by YBCA to help Fellows refine and evolve ideas. Over the course of the year, the group will engage in meaningful conversation and catalyze action by generating projects to be presented publicly at YBCA.

The yearlong process culminates with the Fellows presenting projects at YBCA’s Public Square.

Honorarium

In exchange for meeting the full criteria for the program, each Fellow will be paid $1,000 for their participation.

Become a YBCA Fellow
Applications for this cohort are being accepted digitally. The application period begins June 28, 2016 and will close at midnight PST on August 10, 2016.
Apply Now
Selection Process

YBCA Fellows will be notified of their selection for this cohort group on September 12, 2016.

Fellows will be chosen by a panel of YBCA staff. We will select Fellows based on their responses to the application and their ability to commit to the entirety of the Fellowship program.

Cohort Program Dates

Monday, September 12, 2016 – Citizenship YBCA Fellows Announced
Saturday, October 8, 2016 – Citizenship Retreat
Saturday, November 5, 2016 – Citizenship YBCA100
Thursday, December 1, 2016 – Citizenship Enrichment and Education Session/Working Group Meeting
Thursday, January 12, 2016 – Citizenship Working Group Meeting
Saturday, February 18, 2017 – Citizenship Visit the YBCA Public Square
Thursday, March 9, 2017 – Citizenship Working Group Meeting
Thursday, April 6, 2017 – Citizenship Enrichment and Education Session
Saturday, May 20, 2017 – Citizenship Visit the YBCA Public Square/Working Group Meeting
Thursday, June 8, 2017 – Citizenship Presentation of Field of Inquiry Project Ideas
Thursday, July 6, 2017 – Citizenship Working Group Meeting
Thursday, August 10, 2017 – Citizenship Enrichment and Education Session
Thursday, September 7, 2017 – Citizenship Working Group Meeting
Saturday, Oct/Nov, 2017 – Citizenship YBCA Fellows Projects at YBCA100 (Date TBD)
Thursday, November 2, 2017 – Citizenship Closing Debrief

Current YBCA Fellows