frequently asked questions
The HE[ART]LAND Fellowship is our cornerstone program. Every year, we find the best performing artists in Kansas City and put them through a 12-week creative process that grows them as artists and as civic leaders.
2023 Cohort (pictured):
Rae Atakpa, Poet
Chelsea Turner, Actress
Jeff Krakenberg, Comedian
Samantha Jo Davis, Dancer
Gary Enrique Lopez, Playwright
Marley Lowe, Storyteller
Clotilda Demauro, Performer
Wyatt Iseman, Poet
Natalie Gutierrez, Musician
Tye Washam, Poet
How long is the fellowship?
The fellowship is 12 weeks long beginning in February and ending in April.
What will we be doing?
Fellows will be learning from industry professionals in art and advocacy, diving into Kansas City’s recently passed climate protection and resiliency plan, and creating original work that reflects their learning over the 12 week period.
What is the timeline for acceptance into the fellowship?
Fellows will be selected and notified at the end of January.
What is the time commitment?
Fellows will meet on Tuesdays evenings for the first 11 weeks plus one full week of rehearsals and four Saturday performances.
What do I have to do in order to apply?
Complete our online application when it opens again!
What is the goal of the fellowship?
To bridge the relationship between artists and the communities they serve and to define Kansas City as a city for change-makers.
What is expected of me as an artist in the program?
Artists must attend 90% of the days to receive compensation. While in the program, artists are expected to collaborate with fellow artists, engage with the Kansas City community on issues of climate justice, and create and perform original pieces
Do I have to be based in Kansas City to apply?