YBCA Fellows Application | How might we pursue and sustain COLLECTIVE SAFETY?
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is the Bay Area’s creative home for civic action. We believe that culture is an essential catalyst for change, and it is the responsibility of arts organizations to spur and support societal movement.

The YBCA Fellows program brings together creative citizens from across the Bay Area to engage in facilitated inquiry, dialogue and project generation. The cohort will explore timely themes in our society. Together, they’ll deploy art and culture to inspire community transformation and new possibilities in the public imagination. YBCA Fellows will push the boundaries of how creative practice can affect change. YBCA will select 20 individuals to join our next Fellowship cohort. The cohort will last approximately one year, launching in June 2018.

Who We’re Looking For

YBCA is interested in working with artists, creatives, and socially inclined individuals who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a fellowship for makers, thinkers, and provocateurs to collaborate across sectors and participate in a process of inquiry, idea generation, and project animation. The only firm requirement is a passion for building a more hopeful and equitable future.

Benefits of Fellowship

· The opportunity to delve deeply into the intersection of cultural and social responsibility.
· An illuminating program of tools and ideas; integrated by YBCA culture makers and thinkers.
· Up close and personal access to world-renowned artists.
· The opportunity to connect and collaborate with an expanded network of Bay Area changemakers.
· A public platform for the presentation of Fellowship projects, as well as production support.
· $1,000 honorarium*
*Full honorarium is dependent on number of attended meetings

How it Works

This cohort of Fellows will ask and answer the question: "How might we pursue and sustain COLLECTIVE SAFETY?"

This question was sourced at our annual YBCA 100 convening and will drive our practice for the coming year. During monthly gatherings, YBCA Fellows will bring a variety of experiences and perspectives to the research process. This is an environment in which all participants should be open to, at times, being both influencer and influenced. The program will introduce ideas and tools from artists and thinkers presented by YBCA to help Fellows refine and evolve ideas. Over the course of the year, the group will engage in meaningful conversation and catalyze action by generating projects to be presented publicly at YBCA. Fellows projects will be presented during our annual Public Square and they can take the form of installations, performances or visual presentations, writing, screenings, visual arts, workshops, etc. These projects provide platforms to share new ideas and information and drive new possibilities into the public imagination.

Applications for this cohort are being accepted digitally. The application period begins Monday, March 5th, 2018 and will close at midnight PST on Sunday, April 8th, 2018.

Selection Process

YBCA Fellows will be notified of their selection for this cohort group on Monday, May 22nd, 2017. Fellows will be chosen by a panel of YBCA staff. We will select Fellows based on their responses to the application and their ability to commit to the entirety of the Fellowship program.


How might we pursue and sustain COLLECTIVE SAFETY? meeting dates*

Saturday, June 2nd - Attend Public Square
Saturday, July 21st, 1:00-6:00pm Collective Safety Fellows Retreat
Wednesday, August 22nd, 6 -8:30 pm
Wednesday, September 19th, 6-8:30pm
Wednesday, October 17th, 6-8:30pm
Saturday, November 3rd - Fellows attend YBCA 100
Wednesday, December 12th, 6-8:30pm
Wednesday, January 23rd, 6-8:30pm
Saturday, February 16th. Pitch Session**
Wednesday, March 20th, 6-8:30pm**
Wednesday, April 17th, 6-8:30pm**
Saturday, June 1st, Public Square**
Wednesday, June 19th, Closing/Debrief

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*Collective meetings will include both YBCA Fellows cohorts
*Full honorarium is dependent on number of attended meetings

(Dates subject to change)

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