The YBCA Fellows program brings together creative citizens from across the Bay Area - artists and everyday people alike - to engage in a yearlong process of inquiry, dialogue, and project generation.


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) is the Bay Area’s creative home for civic action. "We believe that culture precedes change, and it is the responsibility of arts organizations to spur and support societal movement." Each Fellowship cohort explores and responds to a question that emerged from the annual YBCA 100 Summit and together they’ll use art and culture to inspire community transformation. Fellows projects will be presented during Public Square and can take the form of performance or visual presentations, writing, screenings, visual arts, workshops, etc. These projects provide platforms to share new ideas and information and drive new possibilities into the public imagination.

Apply to be a 2018-2019 YBCA Fellow

YBCA is interested in working with changemakers who live in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is not just an opportunity for artists, but 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. Each cohort will grapple with one of the following questions and will require event and meeting attendance throughout the year.

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*

Last day to apply for both cohorts: April 8, 2018, 11:59PM

For any questions, please email creativeecosystem@ybca.org

*Full honorarium is dependent on number of attended meetings

To access applications, visit: https://www.ybca.org/ybca-fellows

Cohort #1

How might we re-imagine POLITICAL POWER?

Cohort #2

How might we pursue and sustain COLLECTIVE SAFETY?

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