Seattle Arts Fellowship Invests in Leaders of Color

The Seattle Opera, Seattle Symphony, Classical King FM, and Pacific Northwest Ballet are partnering to create the Seattle Arts Fellowship.

The initiative invests in future arts leaders of color and is available to anyone who identifies as African/African American, Latinx, Asian, Arab, Native American/Indigenous, and Asian Pacific Islander (ALAANA) or BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).

Each organization will offer a fellowship in the areas of marketing, community education, artistic planning, and broadcasting. The fellowship also includes racial equity training for leadership, board, and staff at each of the four institutions.

Candidates must be 18 or older to apply.

Fellows will receive an hourly compensation of $24 plus full benefits. The experience will include hands-on work experience in arts administration, leadership training, skill-building, mentorship, and networking. 

Seattle University will serve as a program partner and adviser on the fellowship curriculum and will provide financial aid to candidates accepted to both the fellowship and Seattle U’s MFA in Arts Leadership program. 

“Black, Indigenous, People of Color are an integral part of what this art form should be now and in the future both on stage and behind the scenes,” said Christina Scheppelmann, general director of Seattle Opera, in a statement. “With the Seattle Arts Fellowship, we invest in their voices, and in their leadership.”

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2021. Head over to the Seattle Opera website for more information. 

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