Open Call for Fall Blogging Fellows

ArtsFwd seeks a cohort of emerging leaders in the arts and culture field to contribute regular content and join a dedicated learning community.


We are currently seeking a group of Blogging Fellows to contribute regular content on ArtsFwd from September 3 to December 31, 2013.

Update: The call for applications is now closed. Please check back in December for information about how to apply to next season’s Blogging Fellowship.

Fellowship description:

There are four core commitments required of Blogging Fellows. Fellows are expected to:

  • Contribute posts of 300-650 words once per month for a four-month term about topics including organizational innovation, adaptive leadership, and sustainability in the arts, among others. Fellows will select and edit post ideas in collaboration with the ArtsFwd staff, thoroughly research their posts, and monitor and respond to comments. Pieces may include op-eds, analyses of sector trends and current events, interviews with arts leaders and non-arts innovators, book reviews, and roundups of news and events.
  • Contribute original and substantive comments and responses around content across the ArtsFwd blog in order to spur and continue conversation around the pressing issues being raised by other contributors and voices on the site.
  • Participate in one online video dialogue/chat with the other Fellows selected for this term, to be streamed live and then archived on the ArtsFwd website. This dialogue will be focused on a topic determined at a later date by the Fellow cohort.
  • Actively participate in an online learning community composed of the 3-4 Fellows selected for this term and the ArtsFwd staff. This participation involves providing comments, editing suggestions, and other support towards the other Fellows’ drafts and pitches. Past Blogging Fellows have found this component to be an important and useful cohort of peer and emerging leaders in the arts field with whom to collaborate and share knowledge.

Writing for ArtsFwd is an opportunity to join and contribute to a community of leaders, administrators, practitioners, funders, and others in the field who help us shape this resource into a vibrant place of learning and sharing around some of the most complex and persistent challenges facing the arts and culture sector today. Our overall goal is to move the dialogue about the importance of adaptive change strategies as a new organizational discipline from the margins to the center of discourse about the future of the field.

Fellowship dates:

Fall/Winter term (September 3 – December 31, 2013)

Application deadline:

August 1, 2013 at 11:59PM Eastern Time

Blogging Fellows will be paid as freelancers at a rate of $50 per post, and $50 per month as compensation for weekly contributed comments. If Fellows have an existing blog, cross-posting content generated for ArtsFwd is allowed and encouraged. Following the successful completion of their term, Fellows will be welcome to continue writing for ArtsFwd on an ad hoc basis. The position is not office-based: candidates from all over the United States are encouraged to apply. International applicants will also be considered, though the ArtsFwd readership and community is primarily American and posts should be relevant to readers.

To apply:

First, familiarize yourself with the ArtsFwd website and past entries and initiatives. Then, send a brief statement of interest that includes a discussion of one post on ArtsFwd that intrigued you and what you took away from it (no more than 300 words), a resume, and two relevant writing samples to Kendra Danowski at by no later than 11:59pm ET on Thursday, August 1, 2013. Each writing sample should not exceed 1,500 words.

Kendra Danowski is the former ArtsFwd Editor & Engagement Coordinator at EmcArts.