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Imagining design and arts-led social transformation for public good
The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts brings together disruptive cultural innovators to prototype, incubate and scale use-inspired practice, policy and peer networks that propel artists and designers as leaders for social transformation and public good.
The Accelerator lifts up work centered on its mission driven by students and faculty within ASU; serves as a testing ground for cultural and community policy innovation, tests scalable revenue-generating cultural knowledge enterprises, and provides a community for artists, designers, culture bearers, public and nonprofit sector leaders throughout the U.S. to dynamically test ideas and models that address our driving question:
How do we imagine artists and designers as co-creators of change for transformational public good?
For this to happen we must...
Create ongoing programs or time-limited engagements with culture bearers and innovators that drive mission and defined outcomes
Coordinate partnership or project/idea through project scope and resource alignment with ASU assets (faculty, students, centers, leadership). Then, implement and/or scale providing a strength test of the concept for the field.
Integrate project learning into use-inspired and revenue-generating digital learning, training and education formats, peer networks or other open-source products that validate and reinforce the mission.
Arizona State University's Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is seeking seven individuals with field experience exploring arts, culture and design-based collaborations in the work of equitable community development practices. We are interested in learning from and with individuals whose main work experience is sited in non-arts systems such as health, justice, sustainability, housing or community development. These individuals will be funded to work in tandem with ASU as the inaugural cohort for the Practices for Change Fellowship funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Herberger Institute, in partnership with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice (CPCP), will support fellows who seek to expand their own practical field work via a partnership with resources at ASU that will work to codify and advance learning through student engagement, community inquiry and knowledge/content creation for the field.
Fellowship details at a glance
Deadline to apply: March 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m.
Up to seven fellows selected, with applicants from across the United States, who have successfully collaborated with artists/designers/culture workers within interdisciplinary non-arts sectors.
Occurs between July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
Research stipend and travel/housing costs subsidized.
Fellows are expected to:
Arizona State University will:
Center for Performance and Civic Practice will:
Fellows will attend a framing workshop with the Center for Performance and Civic Practice and receive monthly coaching in project design from CPCP and ASU team. At the end of the process, CPCP and fellows will also co-design a convening open to the field that shares their learning, practices and knowledge. This convening will happen at ASU and be open to other local and national leaders in the field as a knowledge exchange.
While other areas of social impact might be considered, ASU will partner with each fellow to develop a support plan that includes how they can connect with ASU resources, researchers, students and faculty to advance their idea/practice/concept that examines one of these key questions:
Funding for the fellowships is provided via NEA Our Town Grant and the National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at ASU. The fellowship includes:
ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.
ASU Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts’ mission is to position designers, artists, scholars and educators at the center of public life and prepare them to use their creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address today’s most pressing challenges.
The National Accelerator for Cultural Innovation at ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts is an applied practice space bringing together disruptive cultural innovators to prototype, incubate and scale use-inspired practice, policy and peer networks that propel artists and designers as leaders for social transformation and public good.
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