January 7, 2017

Seeking Racial Equity, Arts & Culture Visiting Fellows

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts
VCU Dance majors. Photo: Sarah Ferguson.

Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) seeks applicants for up to two 12-month visiting arts fellows (including visual or performing artists, writers, filmmakers, curators, cultural producers, etc.) in the Racial Equity, Arts & Culture Transdisciplinary Core.

The Core will foster critical dialogue about and develop mechanisms for advancing racial equity in and through arts and culture. It also will promote creative expression and creative works—and their transformative potential—among historically marginalized populations; build greater awareness and understanding about racial inequity in arts and culture; and develop mechanisms for affirming and supporting diverse artistic practices and cultural traditions in communities.

Visiting fellows shall be in residence at VCU for one year (July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018). Each fellow is eligible for a 73,000–85,000 USD stipend, and a 2,500 USD research account. Fellows will focus on at least one of the following areas:

Social Transformation through Arts and Culture 
Changing Structural Inequalities in the Arts
Community Arts
To read the full position description and apply, visit

VCU is a premier urban, public research university with a diverse student body and both research-intensive and community-engaged designations from the Carnegie Foundation. Located in historic Richmond, Virginia, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students on two campuses. The Institute for Inclusion, Inquiry and Innovation builds human capital across the university and community. It connects multiple disciplines and lived experiences through the creation of transdisciplinary cores, which are university-community partnerships that endeavor to solve problems that disproportionately affect populations in urban areas.

The Racial Equity, Arts & Culture Transdisciplinary Core is a collaboration between VCU School of the Arts (VCUarts), the Insitute for Contemporary Art (ICA), and the Department of African American Studies. VCUarts ( is comprised of over 3,000 students and 16 nationally recognized programs in design, visual and performing arts. US News & World Report ranks VCUarts as the top public university art and design school in the nation. The new ICA, designed by award-winning architect Steven Holl, is poised to open in 2017, and will be dedicated to flexible and responsive exhibitions and performances that examine art, design, and performance from multiple interdisciplinary perspectives. The Department of African American Studies enjoys a rich and distinguished history as the second department of its kind created in Virginia. The department incorporates academic and experiential learning goals that focus on teaching students how to define, measure, interpret and validate Black experiences.


Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex (including pregnancy), political affiliation, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or disability.


Seeking Racial Equity, Arts & Culture Visiting Fellows at Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

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