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The Arts in Public Service Fellows

Applications for the 2019-2020 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort open Sept. 1 and close Sept. 30. See below for more details!

The Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program and Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) partnered to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows, a program that encourages students to make a direct impact in their communities through the arts.

North Carolina has a rich history of the arts bringing citizens together and inspiring social change. This program is an opportunity to continue and broaden this tradition through teaching students about the history of the arts as instruments of public service, researching how art is being used in our communities today and encouraging students to connect with communities and make positive contributions to the lives of North Carolinians through the arts.

Components of the Fellowship

Arts in Public Service Fellows fulfill the requirements of the BPSS program and build portfolios with a particular focus on the arts as instruments of social change. Fellows apply and enroll in AMST 398 (Service-Learning in America: the Arts and Social Change), a service-learning course that involves at least 30 hours of service with an arts-based project in the community in addition to providing a rigorous history of the arts and social change in American culture. Fellows may request that other arts-based, service-learning courses (such as MUSC 269) fulfill this component of the fellowship.

Additionally, Arts in Public Service Fellows must log at least 100 arts-based hours (of the 300 necessary for BPSS), two arts-based skills trainings (of the four required for BPSS) and participate in one Arts in Public Service Fellows academic year cohort. (See below for more information about the cohort.)

Students pursuing this distinction will have the opportunity to work with established arts-based projects, to propose and create engagement opportunities with the arts and receive training and support from Carolina faculty and staff in arts-based work with communities. Graduating Arts in Public Service Fellows will be recognized at a reception before a CPA performance near the end of their final spring semester.

The following is required for participation in the 2019-2020 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort:

  • Two cohort performances and dinners during 2019-2020. Each semester, fellows must attend one dinner with BPSS staff followed by selected Carolina Performing Arts performance (subsidized by CPA).
    • Jan. 17, 2020: INVISIBLE(s) in Hill Hall at 8 p.m.
    • Mar. 19, 2020: HOME, created by Geoff Sobelle at 7:30 p.m.
  • One arts skills training. Fellows must attend one arts-based skills training together.
    • Moving community: exploring improvisatory community work, with George Barrett – date TBD fall 2019
  • One individual meeting during the term 2019-2020. Each fellow must schedule one individual meeting with APSF staff to set goals and discuss progress in the program.
  • Two cohort meetings during 2019-2020. Fellows will gather once a semester with BPSS and CPA staff to share experiences, challenges and best practices with one another. This community will serve as a support network and working group for arts and public service projects.

How to Apply

Applications for the 2019-2020 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort open Sept. 1 and close Sept. 30.

Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

About the Carolina Center for Public Service
The Carolina Center for Public Service connects the energy and expertise of both the University and the community to provide students, faculty and staff with deep and transformative experiences. Through engaged scholarship and service, we work together to create collaborative and interdisciplinary solutions to local and global challenges.