Arts & Journalism Fellowships

The Peace Studio Fellowship is a one-year, application-based program that provides $10,000 to mid-career artists and journalists to create an art and/or storytelling project focused on healing existing divisions and building bridges in their community.

We are seeking a diverse cohort of talented artists and journalists to come together with one common cause – to build peace.

The Fellowship Includes:

  • Training in the Peace Studio Curriculum, an essay-based curriculum covering four modules:
    1. Conflict Transformation and Mediation
    2. Strengths-Based Storytelling and Restorative Narrative
    3. The Artist as Catalyst
    4. Mindfulness and Reflective Practices 
  • A four-day kick-off retreat in California (Bay Area) between July 27-30, 2022, covering the curriculum in a workshop format.
  • Physical textbook and accompanying workbook, additional tools to support the curriculum workshop experience.
  • Ongoing support in the planning, developing, and creation of a peacebuilding project. This could be a curated theater project, a long-form series of journalistic stories, an exhibition of artwork, an online community-focused project, or any other creative endeavor which you think would help people connect across differences in the place where you live and work.
  • Opportunity to showcase your peacebuilding project via The Peace Studio network, email list, and social media channels.
  • A $10,000 grant to support your time working on a peacebuilding project
  • Monthly virtual sessions with other cohort members, guest practitioners in the field (both arts and journalism professionals), and Peace Studio staff.
  • Access to a Creative Community with whom you can brainstorm ideas and collaborate.
The Peace Studio Fellowship brochure

Skills for Creative Peacebuilding

As a Fellow you will go through an inaugural Peace Studio Curriculum: Skills for Creative Peacebuilding and subsequently propose and then create a collaborative project for your community. To support you in creating a peace building project, you will receive this extensive training, be paired with a champion who will help further elevate and showcase your work to your intended audiences, as well as additional ongoing support from The Peace Studio staff, and a $10,000 grant. 

Why journalists AND artists?

We believe there is a wonderful opportunity for artists and journalists to learn from each other in the quest for healing divides in local communities. We intend to pair all fellows with a respective artist or journalist partner to ideate a conjoined goal for their respective projects, i.e., uplifting underrepresented voices, jointly working to make a difference within a specific injustice.

Priority will be given to artists and journalists who apply together from the same local community as a team, but this is not a requirement. Those who are accepted into the program without a partner will be assigned one at our kick-off retreat.

How to Apply

We are currently accepting applications online through Submittable. Your completed application must be received by May 30, 2022, 11:59pm PDT to be considered.

Application components

  • Personal statement (written, video, or audio)
  • Short answer questions
  • Examples of previous work
  • Resume/CV

Program requirements

  • Attend kick-off retreat July 27-30, 2022, in Bay Area, California. Specific location to be announced.
    • Travel, lodging, and meals will be provided by The Peace Studio
  • Attend monthly virtual fellowship meetings first Friday of each month
  • Complete a peacebuilding project during the fellowship program
  • Be an ambassador of The Peace Studio and adhere to our values

Who should apply

We are looking for artists and journalists who: 

  • Recognize their work is not only about themselves, but a calling and a responsibility to humanity.
  • Understand that even in the darkness there can be a sense of hope.
  • Are open and willing to learn tools to become an effective peacebuilder.
  • Have the capacity to participate fully and complete a peacebuilding project during the fellowship year.

The selection process

The Peace Studio Fellows are selected by the Creative Council, an extraordinary body of highly accomplished leaders – artists, journalists, media-makers, and more. Learn more about the Creative Council.

Every application will be reviewed. Applicants may receive requests for additional information from our team. You can expect to hear from us by June 24th. All applicants are notified whether or not they have been selected to join The Peace Studio Fellowship program.

More questions about The Peace Studio Fellowship?

Contact Betsaida LeBron, Fellowship Program Manager blebron@thepeacestudio.org

Our inaugural Arts & Journalism Fellowships have been graciously underwritten by The Stiller Family Foundation, The Sidhu-Singh Foundation, The Ford Foundation, and Halloran Philanthropies.

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