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C.V. Starr Center for the


Study of the American Experience

Chesapeake Heartland Community Curation Fellowship

Description: Community Curation Fellowships will allow smaller organizations, community groups, artists, teachers, and mentors to develop public humanities projects and programs. Digitization and interpretation efforts might take the form of workshops, events, exhibits, documentaries, concerts, and performances. Toward the end of the year, each fellow will make a presentation along with other fellows, community members, and project stakeholders. Proposed projects should be collaborative and the proposed budget should reflect such collaboration: fellows may apply for up to $5,000 for the entire project, of which a maximum of $3,000 can be applied to an individual stipend with the remainder covering additional project costs including wages and stipends for collaborators. Fellows will serve as project managers and work closely with the Starr Center to administer and track expenses.

Timeline: Applications due January 10, 2020. Awards announced by February 1, 2020.

Eligibility: Project must include substantial collaboration with Kent County community members, groups, and/or institutions. To learn more about the Chesapeake Heartland’s mission and goals, please see the FAQ document

Application Materials:

1) A completed application form, completed application form, including a project summary, biographical sketch, description of collaborators, timeline, budget, list of deliverables, and statement of goals;

2) Letters of support and/or commitment from collaborators.

Evaluation Considerations (while a project proposal does not need to satisfy all of the criteria below, it should seek to achieve some combination of the following):

  • Digitizes and interprets African American history and culture in Kent County, MD
  • Emphasizes community-led interpretation
  • Highlights a collaborative process (with a budget that reflects such collaboration)
  • Builds toward a public-facing event
  • Cultivates a work of written reflection
  • Strengthens local schools and/or nonprofits
  • Fosters cross-generational mentorship and interracial conversation
  • Engages, employs, and trains local teenagers
  • Focuses on daily life experiences in addition to injustice and activism
  • Promotes an understanding of Chesapeake Heartland’s mission 
  • Seeks support from those with relevant experience
  • Outlines clear deliverables within a feasible timeline and budget

Questions: Questions may be emailed to Airlee Ringgold Johnson at ajohnson23@washcoll.edu