2020 Define American Artist Fellowship Expectations - Define American

2020 Define American Artist Fellowship Expectations

Fellowship Timeline

Orientation and Trainings

A mandatory in-person orientation and training for the artist fellowship program will take place in mid-June in Philadelphia, PA. Define American will arrange and cover costs for travel, lodging, and meals for the artist fellows.

Regular Check-ins

Artist fellows will schedule regular calls with the program manager to check-in about their fellowship experience, how their projects and community collaborations are developing, etc. These can be scheduled weekly, every other week, or once a month depending on what the artist finds most helpful and at a time of day that works best for them.

Professional Development Workshops

Artist fellows will attend one-hour webinar workshops with various departments at Define American to learn about fundraising, communications, campaign organizing, and more as well as with external artists, curators, and arts professionals. These workshops will be scheduled at a time that is most conducive for most fellows with the expectation that participation in these workshops is mandatory.

Community Collaborations

Each artist fellow is expected to deepen their commitment to their local community over the course of the fellowship by collaborating with one or more community-based organizations (CBOs) in their local community to provide artistic and creative perspectives to the issues that organization seeks to address. Artist fellows are expected to invest at least 25 hours over the course of the fellowship to strengthening their community and there is a lot of freedom in how these collaborations can be structured. Both artists and community collaborators must report on these partnerships and how they have benefitted their community.


Upon acceptance to the program, in order to receive the $5,000 stipend, artist fellows must send:

End of Fellowship

Each artist fellow will complete an exit survey and interview upon completion of the fellowship. Define American will use this feedback to continue to develop opportunities for artists. Define American will also send surveys six months and one year post-fellowship to gauge the continued impact of the fellowship.

Download a PDF of the Fellowship Expectations for your reference.