Launched in 2010 the EAP Fellowship program looks to the future by bringing together insightful and energetic arts and culture leadership and emerging models in a convergence of participatory practice and action learning. Since it’s inception, the program has regularly evolved and adapted to be responsive to the needs and culture of workers in the field, integrating learnings and input from each cohort.
Beginning in 2021, we shifted the format to incorporate intergenerational work and to better fit the realities of our new world, especially as we continue to navigate the global pandemic and recovery. The cohort now meets for shorter sessions more often, and focuses more deeply each year on one of our four Affinity Topics: Cultural Equity, Creative City, Regenerative Practices, and Arts & Capital.
The 2022-23 Fellowship will focus on one of our four Affinity Topics: Regenerative Practices. Cohort XII will engage in a series of virtual and in-person workshops to cultivate healing from the harm caused by working within white institutions. Participants will engage in communal artistic expression to heal trauma derived from standards of professionalism for arts workers and exploring radical honesty in the face of hierarchical hypocrisy.
Beyond wound recovery, Cohort XII seeks regeneration by breaking down the idea that art is a commodity and amplifying the experiences of BIPOC artists in a capitalistic system. Together we hope to reimagine the arts sector with the needs and dreams of BIPOC arts workers at the center.