Before completing this application form. We ask that you please read the program description and information thoroughly on our website                                                                        If you have any questions email Kanukai Chigamba at
Design & Technical Production for Womxn & NB Folks of African Descent
Lit From the Black! Harnesses and ignites the power of perception through the art of lighting, sound and visual design. The Lit From the Black! Fellow is mentored and trained by Stephanie Anne Johnson, an established and accomplished Black woman lighting designer based in the SF Bay Area.

The fellowship will focus on design and technical (with an emphasis on Lighting) skills for Online/Digital/Virtual productions. Through weekly sessions and a culminating showcase, Johnson and guest facilitators (varied disciplines/creative skill sets) will provide training, and engage Fellows as part of our online production, Bakanal de Afrique, an Afro Urban Festival, in November 2020.

We are passionate about expanding the opportunities for people of African descent in the Arts and Culture sector, and are committed to creating accessible, professional, and relevant skill sets. This fellowship is appropriate for people interested in the technical aspects of artistic & creative production with an emphasis on lighting design.

Training Sessions (required) - Held Online/Video Conference Platform
August 24 2020- February 2021
Mondays, 10AM-1PM (PST)  | + Production/Practicum Dates
All times are Pacific Standard Time (PST)

**August 2020: 24*, 31*
**September 2020: 7, 21
** October 2020: 5, 19*, 21*
**November 2020:  2, 9*, 16, 23*, 30*,  plus
********Bakanal de Afrique Production Work - Varied from November 4-28
**December 2020: Season Break
** January 2021: 4*, 18
** February 2021: 1*, plus
**Saturday,  4:00 PM:   February 6 – Portfolio presentations
**Saturday,  4:00 PM:   February 13 - Portfolio presentations
**Saturday, 4:00 PM:   February 20 - Portfolio presentations
**Required Practicum production dates & Field trips to shows and other spaces, as well as lectures panel discussions by other leaders in the field of Lighting and Sound design. (Times TBD)
**Bakanal de Afrique Production Work - Varied from November 4-28


Due Date: August 10, 2020 (12PM)

For Questions Contact
Kanukai Chigamba, Admin & Program Manager
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Are you Black/Person of African Descent? *
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Do you identify as a Woman or Non-Binary person? *
Gender (how do you self identify?) *
Why do you want to participate in this fellowship (200 word max) *
Bio (200 words max) *
Link to public online profile/website/portfolio *
Do you have any experience in stage production?  Design? Technical or otherwise? Please describe. *
Are you able to access a reliable laptop or desktop? And reliable internet connection? *
All/MOST of this training & fellowship takes place via online-based platforms; due to the hands-on nature of the program, to engage optimally you will need a well working laptop or desktop (not a phone or a tablet). You will also need  internet access to log on weekly for meeting and work session. If any of this is an issue for you, please let us know and give us more details below in the access needs section.
Are you able to complete the entire fellowship? *
Please see below for currently schedule dates, check each date to confirm
Bakanal de Afrique Festival Event Dates *
Part of the fellowship includes working on Afro Urban Society's online festival in November 2020. Some schedules/timing details are still TBD. Please select all dates that you are available for Bakanal de Afrique ONLINE event production
The fellowship will be held online via video conference, and the final works presented in digital/virtual formats. Facilitation will be in English. As an organization we are working to increase accessibility to be more inclusive. Please let us know what you need for this project to be accessible to you.
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