MicroFest Fellows

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**THIS OPPORTUNITY CLOSED IN LATE JULY.  FELLOWS WERE SELECTED ON AUGUST 1ST.** As part of the Micro-Fest USA initiative, the Network of Ensemble Theaters is inviting applications for the inaugural Micro-Fest Fellowship Program, a leadership development opportunity targeting artists and their community peers/collaborators who are collectively engaging in community development and creative placemaking. The purpose of these fellowships is to:

  • Empower and develop community and artistic leadership
  • Create a peer network of artists, activists, advocates and scholars
  • Expand knowledge and approaches for cross-sector collaborations
  • Build community (locally and nationally) along with a peer support system of like-minded and like-valued peers
  • Inspire and support further cross-sector collaborations to meet community needs and challenges

Over a 10-month period, a cohort of eight (8) Fellows will come together five times to discuss and explore the dynamics of arts-driven, cross sector collaborations (i.e. artists/arts organizations and other sectors). Activities will include explorations of collaboration models, intimate conversations with leaders in these practices, skill building, reflection and study of cross sector collaboration practices/challenges, support for individual projects, facilitation and organizing skills. NET will cover travel and lodging expenses during the Fellowship period to attend Fellowship events/meetings. Fellows are:

  • Dynamic and engaged individuals active within their own communities
  • Demonstrate leadership potential
  • Bold visionaries of community development and creative placemaking efforts
  • Teams from MicroFest host cities/regions representing artists and non-arts leaders
  • Committed to using the skills gained through the Fellowship
  • Able to commit to consistent participation in the 12 month fellowship

The Fellowship opportunity is only available to artists and community members in Detroit, Appalachia (Knoxville, TN/Harlan, KY), New Orleans and Honolulu. Fellowship requirements include:

  • Attendance and participation in each of the MicroFest USA events in Detroit (August 16-19, 2012), Appalachia (October 25-29), New Orleans (January 18-21, 2013) and Honolulu (late June, 2013) plus a final wrap-up meeting in Los Angeles (August 2013)
  • Three writing/reflection assignments (one between each in-person meetings)
  • Guidance and support for individual projects
  • Bringing the skills gained back you to your community and doing one or more of the following: best practices sharing, leading a skills training workshop, mentor a community practitioner or organization.

Three things to know about the application process:

  1. Deadline: Applications are due July 20, 2012 at 9pm PST
  2. Interviews: A short list of finalists will be invited to a phone interview.
  3. Decision: Candidates will be notified of their acceptance by August 1, 2012

If you have questions about the program or application, please contact Mark Valdez at mvaldez@ensembletheaters.net. Please send your completed application materials to ensembletheaters@gmail.com

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