Broadway Advocacy Coalition

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition Announces Second Year of BAC Artivism Fellowship

The Broadway Advocacy Coalition (BAC) has announced today the second annual BAC Artivism Fellowship to support artist activists using their tools to have an impact on the world around them. This year’s theme is Reimagining Justice through Abolition and will support Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, and other artists of Color focused on criminal justice reform through the use of narrative storytelling and artistry.

Embedded with BAC’s Theater of Change methodology, the fellowship will enable participants to blend artistry, law, policy, and community engagement, and produce final projects with the potential to create powerful impact in policy spaces where change can happen. Through the process, all the participants will work with community members to amplify the power of their stories informed by legal and policy research.

The fellowship will support eight people over the course of four months and will culminate in a digital presentation of their work. Members of the Nomination Committee include Ariana Afsar (Hamilton), Tony Award nominee Chalia LaTour (Slave Play), Bianca Laverne Jones (Ocean’s Eight), Rad Pereira (High Maintenance) Tony Award winner Clint Ramos (Eclipsed), and Black Lives Matter founder and activist DeRay Mckesson. Additional members will be announced at a later date.

“By centering the work of artists of color, we are able to look through a mirror and see how limited our freedom is,” said Artistic Director Chesray Dolpha “The work of the artivist is to bring art and activism into the same space. Where we can hold our pain and struggle, but also envision the healing and restoration that is possible when our stories and art are held with love. This fellowship welcomes this community of artivists because we at BAC understand that this work allows us all to reimagine what justice looks, sounds, and feels like.”

Applications are open to any story or narrative-centered artist based in the United States. Applications are due Thursday, November 25th, 2021, and can be found here.

“The BAC Artivism Fellowship is one of our most exciting vehicles for change,” said BAC President and Co-Founder Britton Smith, “It provides a sustained amount of time and care that builds the capacity of our fellows to understand how they can marry their vision of their world with their craft. In 5 years from now, we’ll witness works in TV, Film, Broadway and beyond that began within this fellowship, no doubt”.

“As a former artivism fellow, I’m a witness to the transformative dreaming space this fellowship creates and I’m beyond excited to help grow artists who are committed to making the revolution irresistible,” said Artivism Fellowship Mentor and Inaugural Cohort Member Andrea Ambam.

This year’s Fellowship is made possible by the generous support of the Broadway musical Wicked. The work of the Inaugural fellows can be viewed by visiting BAC’s website, here. The Inaugural class included Faylita Hicks, ChelseaDee Harrison, Kayla Stokes, Andrea Ambam, Nicole Davis, Jasmine Eileen Coles, Dejajoelle, Daniella Carter, and Courtney Jamison.

BAC is a Tony Award-winning arts-based advocacy nonprofit dedicated to building the capacity of individuals and organizations to use storytelling to dismantle systemic racism.

For more information on the program, click here.

Founded in 2016 by members of the Broadway community as a direct response to the nation’s pandemic of racism and police brutality, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition is a multidisciplinary organization which unites artists, legal experts, and community leaders to create lasting impact on policy issues from criminal justice reform to education equity to immigration. In 2021, BAC received a Special Tony Award for providing an unparalleled platform for marginalized members of the theatre community and tools to help the theatre industry move toward a more equitable future. Via its partnership with the Center for Institutional and Social Change at Columbia Law School, BAC has collaborated with institutions across New York City, including the New York City Council, Bronx Defenders, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office. To learn more about their work, and to get involved, visit their website or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.