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Now Accepting Applications: National Leaders of Color Fellowship

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Arts Midwest and the other United States Regional Arts Organizations are now accepting applications for an eight-month leadership development experience for leaders of color.

The National Leaders of Color Fellowship is a transformative leadership development experience curated by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF) to establish multicultural leadership in the creative and cultural sector.

During this no-cost online fellowship, selected fellows receive access to specialists in the field, strategic learning objectives determined to deepen thought on anti-racist and culturally-oriented leadership practices, and national-level network and cohort building.

Upon completion of this program, participants transition to alumni status and have opportunities to collaborate with the USRAO in their region as advisors, funding panelists, and/or other professional capacities.

National Leaders of Color Fellowship Overview

  • What: The National Leaders of Color Fellowship is a eight-month no-cost online leadership development that runs from late fall 2023 through early summer of 2024.
  • When: Applications are due Monday, October 16, 2023 (11:59 p.m. MT)
  • Where: Individuals should be current resident of the United States, including U.S. Jurisdictions.
  • Who: Candidates must self-identify as Black, Indigenous and/or a person of color, self-identify as an early or mid-career leader in the field of arts and culture, and be an arts administrator or a significantly arts-interested member

We expect that fellows will spend approximately 10 hours a month on the program, including meeting dates listed on the fellowship website as well as ongoing opportunities to connect with your US RAO (Regional Arts Organization).

Read the Application Guidelines

Learn more about the National Leaders of Color Fellowship, eligibility requirements, and how submit your application.

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Meet the 2022–23 Arts Midwest Fellows

Fifty-three fellows from communities across the U.S. were selected to participate in last year’s fellowship. Meet our Midwestern Cohort.

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Have questions about the National Leaders of Color Fellowship?

We’re happy to answer any questions you have about the National Leaders of Color Fellowship. Be sure to check out the FAQs page, and if you’d like to talk to us, you can get in touch with our LoCF Program Liaison, Crystal Celeste Price.

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