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CALIFORNIA CREATIVE CORPS ARTIST FELLOWSHIP

 

 

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PLEASE NOTE: You must use Google Chrome to properly access this application.

SUMMARY

California Arts Council, in partnership with Community Partners, is launching California Creative Corps—a yearlong fellowship supporting artists and culture bearers of all disciplines and cultural practices who work at the intersections of equity and social justice work in Los Angeles County or Orange County.

Community Partners is working through an equity lens, prioritizing artists who are living and/or have a history of working in census tracts within Los Angeles County or Orange County that have been identified in the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index (HPI). The California HPI is a powerful tool to explore the community conditions that impact life expectancy.

Community Partners engaged 25 artists, culture bearers and arts administrators to help inform key components of the CA Creative Corps’ planning and approach, application process and fellowship program. We are grateful to them for this invaluable input, which demonstrates the expert knowledge that exists in our arts and culture communities and the value of their lived experiences.

Timeline

Guidelines Published April 3, 2023
Grant Overview Webinar (To register for this event, click here) April 14, 2023
Open Application Period April 14, 2023-May 15, 2023
Application Assistance and Workshops April 14-May 14, 2023
Application Deadline May 15, 2023, 11:59 PM PST
Application Review May 16, 2023 – June 14, 2023
Notifications Sent via Email June 26th, 2023 – June 30th, 2023
Cohort Convening 1 July 7, 2023
Additional Required Cohort Convenings TBD

PLEASE NOTE: Artists who have received a CA Creative Corps grant from another administering organization are not eligible for Community Partners’ fellowship. If an applicant is selected for both Community Partners’ fellowship and another CA Creative Corps grant, the applicant will be required to forfeit one of the awards. 

Who Can Apply?

Artists and culture bearers who work at the intersections of equity and social justice issues in their community and are from Los Angeles County or Orange County, who live in and/or have a history of working in communities identified within the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index. Proposed projects must also take place in these same communities. To find out if you and/or your community are eligible to apply, click here: HPI_CC_ELIGIBILITY.

Accessing Guidelines and Application

  • PLEASE NOTE: You must use Google Chrome to properly access this application.
  • Artists and culture bearers may access the CA Creative Corps guidelines here.
  • The deadline to apply is May 15, 2023. (Application deadline will not be extended to any applicant for any reason.)

Application Workshops and Technical Assistance

WHAT  WHEN  REGISTRATION LINK 
Overview Webinar  Friday, April 14, 2023

12:00-1:30 PM

https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwvdeurrj4uG9bNeBO4mrA6xsdj-i4kaaka#/registration
Technical Workshop I  Thursday, April 20, 2023

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsd–pqTwiHtPlEK4XFyZyeda-bnKQI8J1#/registration
Technical Workshop II  Thursday, April 27, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIkceGpqjIpGN0QXVJtBhNuuEcvG2yCP3Z7#/registration
Work-In Session I 

Work on your grant with us and other applicants!

Saturday, May 6, 2023, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIvce2sqDsoE9S1aqwLRTl6NQt9CPdV2W6_#/registration
Work-In Session II 

Work on your grant with us and other applicants!

Tuesday, May 9, 2023

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYoc-qprzgvE9RWLZCq_Rn3wSjBtvfrhRFL#/registration
Office Hours I  Thursday, May 11, 2023

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqcOugrTMtH9KgG54Q68FpcSAhTWkfq87l
Office Hours II  Friday, May 12, 2023

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

https://communitypartners.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpdOygqDksE9LEtedcO7gPduGiXAXJH1Oz#/registration

Community Partners is proud to be an Administrative Organizational partner for The California Creative Corps program and is committed to inclusive and accessible information and experiences with specific attention paid to individuals living with a disability and those whose first language is not English. For inquiries about accessibility or to request this or any other publication in another language, please contact us at cacreativecorps@communitypartners.org

Number of Awards: 33

Fellowship Grant: $50,000

Project Budgets: Up to $50,000

Total Grant Award: Up to $100,000

Understanding the invaluable role that artists and culture bearers play in equity and social justice movements, California Arts Council, in partnership with Community Partners, is launching California Creative Corps—an artist and culture bearer fellowship, learning and mentorship initiative supporting artists and culture bearers of all disciplines and cultural practices working at the intersections of equity and social justice work.  

The program focuses on the on the following issue areas:   

  • Public and Community Health Awareness and Content to Stop the Spread of Covid-19: The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed our dialogue about health equity. In addition to direct ways that communities can protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19, such as mask use, vaccinations, and safe distancing, we expand the idea of community health awareness to include related, but rarely talked about health impacts of COVID-19 including mental health and wellness, the compounding stress on our healthcare systems and workers, health inequities that impact adjacent health crises such as care and accessibility for those in our disability communities, diabetes, heart disease, and sexually transmitted diseases.  
  • Public and Community Awareness Related to Water and Energy Conservation, Climate Mitigation and Emergency Preparedness, Relief and Recovery: Communities located in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index have been and continue to be some of the most impacted by generational climate and environmental injustices. We also know that members of these communities have a long history of land, water and energy conservation practiced in ways that reflect centuries-long proven strategies. Addressing community awareness around conservation, mitigation and emergency preparedness, relief and recovery requires a culture shift that educates and connects communities.  
  • Civic Engagement including Election Participation: People who participate in the arts are more likely to participate in civic engagement actions. Generally defined, civic engagement is participating in and contributing to the improvement of one’s community, neighborhood, or country through both political and non-political processes. Civic engagement, as distinct from community engagement, can drive our democratic participation through organizing, advocating, voting, volunteering, and other types of social actions.  How can arts and cultural practices increase and drive civic engagement to address severe inequities that our communities face?  
  • Social Justice and Community Engagement: In addition to known concepts and approaches to social justice and equity, we expand these ideas to include cultural equity, which acknowledges that not everyone has been included equally or given a fair shot at the opportunities that exist within arts systems, including funding and support mechanisms. We understand that many artists and culture bearers who live and/or work in the identified lowest quartiles of the Healthy Places Index have historically been and continue to be excluded, under-resourced and overlooked within our arts and culture sector.  

Community Partners is working through an equity lens, prioritizing artists who are living and/or have a history of working in census tracts within Los Angeles County or Orange County that have been identified in the lowest quartile of the California Healthy Places Index (HPI). The California HPI is a powerful tool to explore the community conditions that impact life expectancy.  

Applicants are required to implement the CA Creative Corps fellowship within this identified geographic community. To find out if you or your community is located within the lowest quartile (25%) of the Healthy Places Index, click here: HPI_CC_Eligibility. 

Important Notes When Using the HPI CC Eligibility Tool: 

  • Type in your exact address or an exact address associated with your project/community. Do not cut and paste. Do not click enter. 
  • A series of possible addresses will appear in a drop-down list, do not click enter. Choose from the drop-down list and select the correct address from that list to search. 
  • P.O. Boxes are ineligible. 

Inaccurate designations may result if you: 

  • Copy and paste your address. 
  • Use the “enter” key to search for your address. 

You will receive a result that indicates whether you are eligible for this opportunity. For more information on the CA Healthy Places Index, click here. 

Artists: Artists are individuals who regularly engage in artistic or cultural practices and have had specialized training in any artistic discipline or cultural practice. (No degree is required.) Artists are recognized as professionals by their peers and have a history of sharing work in community, public presentation or sharing online and/or through some form of publication. This opportunity is for artists who have a history of collaboration with communities or social practice that lends itself to some type of social impact.  

Culture Bearers: Culture Bearers are from the cultural/heritage lineage they practice and advance intergenerational lifeways, evolving cultural art practices that educate, exchange, and share to preserve ancestral knowledge. Culture Bearers’ art forms and traditions include healing practices that connect to earth and to others and might include healers, storytellers, dancers, makers (instruments, print, textiles, mixed media), language keepers, drummers, culinary practitioners and more. Culture Bearers accept a responsibility to share ancestral and cultural knowledge. A Culture Bearer is distinct from other individual artists because their practice is a full life tradition (not separate) and includes intergenerational transmission of learning. (Definition courtesy of the Indigenous Roots Cultural Art Center) 

Artists and culture bearers who best represent the following experiences will be considered: 

  • Individuals working outside of existing arts, culture, and funding systems, such as commissions/exhibitions by institutions and/or commercial relationships. (i.e., talent agency or gallery representation, grant programs, fellowships, or other awards.) 
  • Individuals with a history of collaborative, community-informed and led processes and practices.
  • Individuals with a clear vision of how artistic and cultural practices catalyze or advance change.
  • Individuals with ideas that lend themselves to the development of an issue-based problem statement and how change happens at the individual, community, and systemic levels. 

PLEASE NOTE: Projects do not have to be fully conceptualized at the time of the application. If selected, artists and culture bearers will be paired with artist-mentors who will assist fellows in the first 60- days with establishing a detailed project plan and budget. 

Artists and culture bearers may propose new or existing concepts and/or projects that address one or more of the four issue areas and must show or propose working with a non-profit organization. Examples might include a muralist working in community to design and install a mural to communicate messaging around one of the issue areas, or a project that engages community through a festival focused on water and conservation ideas, interactive activities, and performance.  

Projects must be informed by: 

  • Creative approaches to problem solving that meet community where it is at. Identifying and using effective, if not tangible expressions such as song, dance, drama, skills, cuisine, crafts, and festivals.  
  • Existing relationships to community(ies) impacted and collaborative decision-making between the artist or culture bearer and those most impacted. 
  • Integrating storytelling by those most impacted by the issue (first voice narrative) 
  • Identifying and using effective, if not tangible, expressions such as song, music, dance, drama, skills, cuisine, crafts, and festivals.  
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Live and work in Los Angeles County or Orange County.
  • Live and/or have a history of working in relationship to an identified community located within a census tract scoring within the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index.
  • Have a history of working at the intersections of art, culture and social justice/community work.
  • Have a history of artistic practice and cultural work.
  • Commit to attend all in person and/or virtual cohort convenings.
  • PLEASE NOTE: You must use Google Chrome to properly access this application.
  • Applicants will need to create a Submittable account to apply and will need to upload required documentation via Community Partners’ online grant portal which can be found by clicking here.  beginning April 14, 2023, 9 AM PST.
  • Applicants will be able to craft proposed project answers via written text, video, or audio submissions.
  • Community Partners staff will be available to offer guidance and clarification in preparing your proposal. We will also be offering live group technical assistance sessions, a recorded info session, and office hours to help answer questions, provide support and encouragement, and assist throughout the application process.
  • Technical Review for Eligibility: Applications will be subject to a technical review process by Community Partners, which will screen for eligibility and completion of all applications. 
  • Panel Review: Eligible applications will be evaluated, reviewed, and scored by a combination of artist peers and Community Partners’ staff review panel. Community Partners is committed to diverse and inclusive practices and the panel will include an array of diverse geographies, disciplines, identities, and lived experiences. 

 

  • Use Google Chrome to properly access the application
  • You can do this!
  • Register for a workshop or work-in!  
  • Make sure you meet all eligibility requirements including holding the date for the cohort’s first convening on July 7, 2023, if selected. 
  • Give yourself enough time to apply, including reviewing the guidelines, filling out the application, and answering the narrative prompts. 
  • Proofread your application for completion, including answering all questions and uploading any required materials, before clicking “Submit.” 
  • Connect with your peers and community to ask for feedback and stay up to date on pressing issues in your field and community. 
  • Grant writing is a buildable skill – save your responses and apply to more opportunities! 

For information on Community Partners’ CA Creative Corps program, including upcoming webinars, workshops, office hours and grant writing sessions, visit or email us at:

Website: https://bit.ly/creativecorpsgrant

Email: cacreativecorps@communitypartners.org

Phone: (213) 474-1276