California Arts Council | Administrators of Color Fellowship Program



The School of Arts and Culture at MHP (SOAC), in partnership with the California Arts Council (CAC) and SVCreates, is administering a pilot program with the goal of uplifting an inclusive workforce and supporting the vibrancy of organizations that create and preserve the cultural identities of all California communities.

The California Arts Council Administrators of Color Fellowship (CAC ACF) seeks to address the dearth of opportunities for people of color in arts administration, with the intention of creating a pipeline for people of color across and throughout the arts sector. 

The SOAC will pair 10 arts administrators of color with an equal number of arts and culture organizations dedicated to equity and community engagement for a nine- to 12- month paid fellowship.  Fellows and Host Organizations will represent the geographic diversity of California across nine regions.  The SOAC will administer the application process for both Fellows and Host Organizations:

  1. We will supply a suite of resources for Fellows, including a stipend of $50,000, and provide professional development opportunities and immersion in a learning community.

  2. We will also re-grant $35,000 to Host Organizations and provide them with guidance to create an effective fellowship experience for their Fellows.


As the Administering Organization, SOAC designed the program delivery, is managing the application process, and will foster a cohort-based learning community for Fellows and Host Organizations.



Fellow and Host Organization Selection:

  • April - July 2020: Applications being accepted from Fellows and Host Organizations

  • August 2020: Panel reviews are conducted for Fellows and Host Organizations 

  • August - September 2020: Fellows and Host Organizations are selected

  • September - October  2020: Grants and fellowships awarded; public announcement


Fellowship Implementation:

  • October 2020: Fellows begin nine to 12-month placement

  • January or February 2021: Fellows and Host Organizations to potentially participate in the Irvine Foundation’s New California Arts Fund (NCAF)  convening (to be determined)

  • April 2021: Fellows participate in program-specific cohort convening administered by SOAC

  • August - October 2021: Fellowships completed

  • December 2021: Program assessment and final report submitted


Applications will be evaluated by a panel with representation from CAC, SVCreates, SOAC, and other professionals from the creative sector, arts administrators and/or artists.

Application Deadline is July 31st, 2020.





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