Open Call for Artists and Cultural Strategists Working to Reimagine Economic Opportunity


Culture and Narrative Fellowship launched to support 5 artists or cultural strategists in reimagining economic opportunity in 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 13, 2021
CONTACT: Christiaan Perez, press@opportuni​tyagenda.org, 212-334-4275

New York, NY – Today, The Opportunity Agenda launched an open call for a new Culture and Narrative Fellowship to begin in 2022. The six-month fellowship will support five artists or cultural strategists working to reimagine economic status quo conversations while also helping to advance a visionary economic justice narrative.

The deadline for applicants to submit proposals is November 10.

Each fellow will receive $15,000, expert support from The Opportunity Agenda team, and the ability to connect with a vibrant community of culture workers, artists, strategists, and advocates.

The 2022 Culture and Narrative Fellowship builds on The Opportunity Agenda’s organizational commitments to culture and narrative leadership development in economic justice through the theme “We Can Thrive Together.” Previously, the organization partnered with Amplifier on the We Can Thrive Together: Visioning Economic Justice for All - Art & Discussion Guide, a youth initiative that resulted in a discussion guide, 10 pieces of original art and four lesson plans, all focused on envisioning a new story about economic justice and opportunity. In this next phase, the Fellowship will support creatives who are working to advance economic justice narratives with specific audiences across a range of issues through film, podcasting, visual arts, creative digital campaigns, installations and much more.

"Inequality has pervaded our society for a long long time, much longer than the global pandemic. Through this fellowship, we hope to support artists and creative strategists who are already working to reshape the narrative around economic hardship not by “going back to normal,” but instead by envisioning a new normal and helping to strengthen that message for all to see," said Ellen Buchman, President at The Opportunity Agenda.

"This Fellowship is part of The Opportunity Agenda's long history of creating spaces that intentionally blur the line between activist, artist, and advocate to change the big stories impacting our lives," said Sughey Ramirez, Cultural Network Strategist at The Opportunity Agenda.