Beginning in 2017–18, Curtis alumni will bring their artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia through the Community Artist Fellowship. Community Artist Fellows are placed in existing partnerships between Curtis and institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and rehabilitation centers. They follow a flexible schedule that balances their work in the community alongside practice and performance time. The Community Artist Fellowship program tailors placements to the discipline, experience, and interests of young Curtis alumni and extends, where possible, work they may have begun as Curtis students through the Community Artist Program (CAP).
A Community Artist Fellow possesses the highest level of artistry along with a deep commitment to collaborating with communities.
The due date for applications for the 2018–19 school year will be announced here early in 2018.
Questions about the program? Contact Mary Javian, chair of career studies at (215) 717-3149.
“Curtis and Project HOME have something very much in common. Bill Clinton once said that ‘Potential is equally distributed everywhere, but opportunity isn’t.’ And Curtis is such a phenomenal home for opportunity for so many incredibly talented musicians ... Project HOME is the same by providing affordable housing, education, employment, and healthcare. We see the potential of some of the men, women, and children who have been denied that opportunity for so long actually flourish by having the opportunity of a safe place to call home. So we love that connection with Curtis.”
“The fact that (our workshop participants) are incarcerated does not limit the richness of their talents, abilities, and humanity. It does limit their ability to be heard. Through my work with CAP, and now going forward as a Community Artist Fellow in the 2017–18 school year, I’ve committed to making music with the incarcerated people at Graterford. They continue to write new songs, and we will record an album this year. … My goal is to help bring these voices back into the broader community.”
“The work of the ArtistYear Fellows at Kate’s Place, a permanent housing residence for low-income men and women, was influential, extraordinarily impactful, and everlasting. Residents there were able to find a voice for their thoughts and experiences through the work with the ArtistYear Fellows, who passionately and patiently worked alongside them to create beautiful music. We are forever grateful for Rimbo and T.J. for their commitment to the Project HOME community, and know that their work with us will be felt for years to come.”
“During my ArtistYear, I realized that composition is not solely a form of self-expression; when used as a toolbox, it can also give voice to those who haven’t had access to the necessary tools to showcase their creativity. Everyone is creative in their own way, and everyone has something unique and valid to say.”