YBCA Truth Fellows | Application How do we find and empower TRUTH?
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 2017.

Who We’re Looking For

YBCA is interested in working with changemakers who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is not just an opportunity for artists; rather, for all creative, socially inclined individuals. This is a place for makers, thinkers, and provocateurs to collaborate and work in partnership with YBCA. 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 do we find and empower TRUTH?"

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 Fellows Forum (Feb) or a Public Programs (Mar-Jun) and can take the form of panels, performance or visual presentations, writing, screenings, visuals arts, workshops, etc. These projects provide platforms to share new ideas and information to inspire new possibilities into the public imagination.


In exchange for meeting the full criteria for the program, each Fellow will be paid $1,000 for their participation in two installments. One in the middle of the fellowship and another one in the end.

How to Apply

Applications for this cohort are being accepted digitally. The application period begins Friday, March 31st, 2017 and will close at midnight PST on Monday, May 1st, 2017.

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 do we find and empower TRUTH?

Monday, May 22nd, 2017 - YBCA Fellows Announced
Saturday, June 3, 2017 - Truth Fellows Retreat
Thursday, July 13th, 2017 - Truth Fellows Meeting
Saturday, August 19th, 2017 Public Square - Attendance
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 - Truth Fellows Meeting
Thursday, November 9th, 2017 - Truth Fellows Meeting
Saturday, October 28th, 2017 - YBCA 100
Thursday, December 7th, 2017 - Collective Meeting*
Thursday, January 18th, 2017 - Collective Meeting*
Saturday, February 17th, 2018 - February Fellows Forum
Thursday, March 1, 2018 Collective Meeting*
Thursday, April 26th, 2018 Collective Meeting*
Thursday, June 28th, 2018 Collective meeting*

*Collective meetings will include all three YBCA Fellows’ Cohorts

(Dates subject to change)

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