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Community Artist Fellowship


About the Community Artist Fellowship

Beginning in 2017-18, Curtis alumni will bring their artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia through the Community Artist Fellowship, a program that retains and builds upon the commitment to service established in Curtis’s partnership with ArtistYear. Community Artist Fellows are placed in existing partnerships between Curtis and institutions such as schools, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters and follow a flexible schedule that balances community service 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).


Who should apply

A Community Artist Fellow possesses the highest level of artistry along with a deep commitment to service. Instrumentalists, composers, conductors, and vocalists are all encouraged to apply. Applicants should be creative, articulate, hard-working, and compassionate. Applicants must also be a graduate of Curtis between the ages of 18-28, be able to dedicate nine months to service, and be willing to go through a background and/or security check. Fellows make a commitment to serving the Philadelphia community through their artistry and living in Philadelphia for the duration of the program. Fellows also commit to no more than two projects as the focus of their work. Community Artist Fellows at the Curtis Institute of Music receive a merit-based full tuition scholarship, a base stipend for the nine months of the program, medical insurance, and weekly professional development opportunities.

Applications for the 2017-18 school year are due April 10, 2017. Return to Mary Javian, Chair, Career Studies and Director of Professional Development and Community Engagement.

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About ArtistYear

Curtis alumni who are interested in dedicating a year to full-time service specifically in schools have the opportunity to participate in ArtistYear, now a national service program dedicated to developing citizen-artists through arts education in Title I schools. Curtis and ArtistYear are honored to partner and place Curtis alumni full-time in Title I schools under the national ArtistYear model.

ArtistYear launched in 2014, inspired by a call to action from the Service Year Alliance (formerly the Franklin Project) for every 18-28-year-old American to participate in a full-time national service year as a cultural expectation, common opportunity, and civic rite of passage. Curtis was the first arts organization to activate its alumni through a service-year program, engaging them as Curtis ArtistYear Fellows to lead one or more projects in the Philadelphia community.