Community Artist Fellowships

Curtis alumni bring their artistry to underserved communities in Philadelphia through Community Artist Fellowships. 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. Community Artist Fellowships tailor 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).

Meet our Fellows


Graduates of Curtis ages 18–28 who are willing to dedicate nine months to service are encouraged to apply to the Community Artist Fellowship program by February 1, 2022. Applications, deadlines, and additional information are available in the Acceptd online platform (select Community Artist Fellowship from the available applications on the left of the screen).

To complete the application for the Community Artist Fellowship, please prepare the following:

  • Resume: Please include all relevant education as well as performance, teaching and volunteer experience.
  • Statement of Purpose: Please write a letter of no more than 1,000 words that answers the following questions:
    • What do you hope to achieve by participating in this year of service?
    • Who do you wish to serve through this program?
    • How can you measure that impact?
    • What steps could you take to make your work in that community sustainable?
    • What do you hope to take away from this experience?
  • Recommendations: Please list two mentors who will submit recommendations for you. These should be individuals who are familiar with you both personally and professionally and have known you for at least two years.




More information

Contact Mary Javian, chair of career studies at (215) 717-3149.


Community Artist Fellows in Overtones

Composer Nick DiBerardino relates his experience composing a new children’s opera with the participation of hundreds of Philadelphia schoolchildren.

Composer Emily Cooley’s Community Artist Program project in 2017–18 set the stage for musical collaboration and celebration at a Pennsylvania prison. 

Harpist and 2015–16 fellow Anna Odell offered music to soothe suffering, and received a priceless present in return. 

Bassoonist Wade Coufal, one of the inaugural class of fellows in 2014–15, reflects on opening the world of music to young hospital patients. 



The Community Artist Fellowship program is generously supported by Professor Frank F. Furstenberg Jr., in memory of Nina Segre.