nas logo


Creative Community Fellows »
About the Program
Meet the Fellows
The Experience


Arts & Culture Strategy
on Coursera »

Join colleagues around the world to develop your leadership skills and cultivate your knowledge of the field. Learn at your own pace, for free. Enroll today »

Creative Community Launchpad »

Bainbridge Island, WA | March 17-20, 2016
Fellows attend a three-day in-person feedback session where they present their project pitch to national funders and leaders in the field of creative placemaking and receive feedback.

Executive Program in Arts & Culture Strategy »

University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA | March 2-5, 2016

Students will meet their colleagues, learn about key concepts such as negotiation, decision-making and human-centered design and meet the NAS & Penn teaching teams.




Creative Community Fellows

Around the world there are artists, activists, community organizers, administrators and entrepreneurs working as change-makers in their communities – using arts and culture as vehicles to drive physical and social transformations. Community change requires leaders with grit, those who are passionate and dedicated to tackling the challenges that lie ahead. It requires leaders who carefully engage local partners, who listen to the advice and counsel of community members and who can adapt their strategy based upon community feedback.

We've built the Creative Community Fellows program for these leaders working at the intersection of culture and community. We give them tools, training and access to a community of support. This combination fuels their visions for community change, sparking new ideas and helping propel them into action.

This community of change-makers, combined with Fellows from the first cohort, creates a powerful network in which ideas and opportunities flow freely. The inaugural class demonstrated how the collective wisdom of Fellows, mentors, faculty and communities fuels each project and creates a global dialogue about the ways in which culture can restore and animate communities.



Our Partners

This program is the result of the incredible collaboration and support of The Kresge Foundation, University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice and The Center for Social Impact Strategy, ArtPlace America and RocketHub.


Get the Creative Community Fellows fact sheet


Email Taylor Craig with questions about this program.


      Learn more about The Kresge Foundation Learn more about the University of Pennsylvania Learn more about ArtPlace America Learn more about RocketHub

Copyright © 2015 National Arts Strategies

Terms of Use for Online Services | Privacy Policy | Copyright Policy | Community Guidelines