The Arts in Public Service Fellows

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In 2015, the Buckley Public Service Scholars (BPSS) program at the Carolina Center for Public Service and Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) partnered to create the Arts in Public Service Fellows, a program that encourages students to enrich their communities through the arts.

Arts in Public Service participantUNC-Chapel Hill and the Triangle area are both rich with opportunities to connect the arts and public service. This may mean pursuing public service in a creative mode, pursuing the arts in a service-oriented mode or some mixture of the two. This program emphasizes expansive definitions of both “service” and “arts,” and advocates for creative modes of connecting them. Arts in Public Service Fellows will learn the ways in which the arts have affected and will continue to affect social change, develop necessary skills for engaging in this work themselves and gain first-hand experience supporting local arts and public service projects.

Fellowship components

Arts in Public Service Fellows (APSF) fulfill the requirements of the BPSS program and build portfolios with a particular focus on the connections between arts and social change. Fellows apply and enroll in AMST 398 (Service-Learning in America), a service-learning course that involves at least 30 hours of service with an arts-based project in the community in addition to academic study of the history and practice of socially-oriented performance in the U.S. and beyond. Fellows may request that other arts-based, service-learning courses (such as MUSC 269) fulfill this component of the fellowship.

Additionally, Arts in Public Service Fellows must log at least 100 arts-based hours (of the 300 necessary for BPSS), two arts-based skills trainings (of the four required for BPSS) and participate in one Arts in Public Service Fellows academic year cohort. (See below for more information about the cohort.)

Students pursuing this distinction will have the opportunity to work with established arts-based projects, to propose and create engagement opportunities with the arts and receive training and support from Carolina faculty and staff in arts-based work with communities. Graduating Arts in Public Service Fellows will be recognized at a reception before a CPA performance near the end of their final spring semester.

2018-2019 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort

The following is required for participation in the 2018-2019 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort:

  • Two cohort performances and dinners during 2018-2019. Each semester, fellows must attend one dinner with BPSS staff followed by selected Carolina Performing Arts performance (subsidized by CPA).
    • Nov. 7, 2018: Dinner at 6 p.m. and Bassem Youssef performance in Memorial Hall at 8 p.m.
    • April 10, 2018: Dinner at 6 p.m. and Carrie Mae Weems performance Past Tense in Memorial Hall at 8 p.m.
  • One arts skills training. Fellows must attend one arts-based skills training together.
    • DATE CHANGE – Moving community: exploring improvisatory community work, with George Barrett on Thursday, Oct. 4 from 3-5 p.m.
  • One individual meeting during the term 2018-2019. Each fellow must schedule one individual meeting with APSF staff to set goals and discuss progress in the program.
  • Two cohort meetings during 2018-2019. Fellows will gather once a semester with BPSS and CPA staff to share experiences, challenges and best practices with one another. This community will serve as a support network and working group for arts and public service projects.

How to Apply

Students who would like to be an Arts in Public Service Fellow should email bpss@unc.edu to express interest, whether or not they plan to apply for this year’s particular cohort.

Applications for the 2018-2019 Arts in Public Service Fellows cohort open Aug. 1 and close Sept. 16. Apply online through the CCPS Application and Nomination Portal.

About Carolina Performing Arts

The mission of Carolina Performing Arts is to enrich lives by creating and presenting exceptional arts experiences and connecting them to the UNC community and beyond. Established in 2005 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Performing Arts presents the very best from the full spectrum of the performing arts: internationally renowned recitalists and orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz, folk and world music artists, dance and theater.

CPA strives to nurture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus; to challenge and inspire audiences with powerful and transformative performances; and to integrate the arts into the life of the University, embracing its mission of teaching, research and public service.