Art & Racial Justice Student Fellowship

Call for Proposals

Andover Arts & Culture Alliance seeks proposals from individual high school students or a group of students to complete a self-directed project related to racial equity in the arts & culture sector.

Who can apply?

An individual or a small group of students attending high school in the Town of Andover.

What is the challenge?

As the Massachusetts Cultural Council has suggested, racial equity, social justice, youth voice, and collective action must be centered to ensure long-term and deep impacts on the arts & culture sector as well as society at large. Additionally, as evidenced in statements like the recent We See You W.A.T. open letter, while the vocabulary and performance of equity, diversity and inclusion have gained traction in the arts sector in recent years, the adoption of truly equitable, diverse and inclusive practices & behaviors has not occurred.

The AACA is seeking proposals from high school students for projects that can educate Andover area residents (youth & their parents) and arts sector professionals about Black, Indigenous, and People of Color artists, authors, cultural organizations, and creative businesses in the Merrimack Valley/Northshore/Greater Boston area and how best to support them.

What will fellows receive?

The AACA is a network of professional artists, arts administrators, and cultural leaders in Andover. We represent local organizations and decades of experience working within the arts & culture sector. While we cannot provide material support for Fellowship projects, we can provide creative and/or producing mentorship, access to a network of supporters, and guidance on how to go about seeking resources for a student’s project.

If a student has a clear sense of specific resource needs (space, expertise, materials, etc) they may have for their project, we can discuss ways the AACA network might be able to help them access those resources.

How do you apply?

We recommend making a copy of this google-doc version of the application. Start by drafting your answers in whichever text editor (Google docs, Word, Pages, txt, etc) you prefer.  When you are ready to submit your application, you can access the google-form application and just copy and paste your answers into the appropriate form fields.

If you have any questions or would like advice about completing the application please email us:

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.