Fellowship: Citizen Artist Fellow

Kennedy Center


  • The year-long Program celebrates artists in the U.S. utilizing their work for positive community impact and connection.
  • The Kennedy Center provides fellows with resources, opportunities, and support to strengthen connections in their field and advance their work.
  • The fellows help the Kennedy Center understand broader issues, reach new audiences, and learn through their art.

Read more about the format and content of the Program here.

Below are two examples of current Citizen Artist Fellows (more on the 2018-19 fellows here).

  • Omar Offendum is a Syrian-American rapper/poet living in Los Angeles. Known for his blend of Hip Hop and Arabic poetry, he’s appeared on prominent news outlets, at prestigious academic institutions, major cultural organizations, and helped raise millions for humanitarian groups.
  • Musician/composer Shaw Pong Liu engages communities through multidisciplinary collaborations, music, and social dialogue. She started Code Listen, a project using music to build relationships between Boston police, teen artists, families surviving homicide, and local musicians, to support healing and dialogue around gun violence, racism, and police practices.

Information about eligibility as well as the nomination form can be found here. Nominations are due by December 22, 2018.

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