Creative Renewal Fellowship


The Creative Renewal Fellowship program serves as an opportunity to resource ASC’s belief that a continued investment in creative individuals (in arts, science and history) who make Charlotte-Mecklenburg home benefits the region’s overall cultural climate.

The fellowship funds can be used for research, instruction, conferences, apprenticeships, travel, or other experiences that help the recipient explore his or her creative journey.

The fellowship is distinct from professional development opportunities because it focuses on personal renewal with the belief that the entire community will benefit through investments in individuals in the creative community. It is similar to the concept of a sabbatical that the academic community has developed to keep the educational community infused with new energy. It is, however, vastly different from a typical artist project grant in that it is designed specifically to address the pursuit of creative renewal without the constraints of budgets or sometimes even specific project outcomes. The only outcome required is creative renewal.

Fellowship activities must occur between April 1, 2022 and June 30, 2023 as determined by the applicant. Examples of possible fellowship activities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Apprenticeships
  • Exploration of new ideas
  • Pursuit of new or familiar avenues of creative expression
  • Research and/or instruction
  • Conferences or retreats

Fellowship activities may be conducted anywhere in the world. Funds may be used for travel, housing, and/or the equipment necessary to conduct proposed activities. Fellows will be responsible for making all arrangements and/or purchases for fellowship activities. Fellowship funds may not be used for tuition toward degree-seeking course work

Funding Partners

Creative Renewal Fellowships are funded through the generous support of the City of Charlotte through the Infusion Fund, and Mecklenburg County. 

Grant Amount

In 2022, ASC will award up to ten $15,000 Creative Renewal Fellowships to individuals who have lived in Charlotte-Mecklenburg for at least the past three continuous years and who have been a professional, pursuing a career in the creative sector, for at least ten years.

Payments will be made according to a Funding Schedule that will be issued to grantees. The award will be made payable directly to the individual fellowship recipient and subject to IRS 1099 income statement reporting by ASC. There is no request for a budget as part of this application. As such, the proposed activity may require more or less than the full $15,000 award. Each fellowship recipient will be required to submit an IRS W-9 form so that an IRS 1099 income statement can be issued by ASC for the fellow-s tax records. All taxes and reporting of taxes will be the responsibility of the fellowship recipient.


Please consider applying if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have lived in Mecklenburg County for a minimum of three consecutive years as of January 1, 2022.
  • You have been pursuing a career in the creative sector (arts, science and/or history related) for at least ten years (not necessarily in the same position or within the same discipline).
  • You have generated the majority of your income over the past three years through your work as a sole proprietor, creative entrepreneur or contract employee in the fields of visual/folk/performing/multi-disciplinary arts, literature, science, or history. Note: Other than creative individuals who have formally incorporated their practice as a business, full time employees at arts, science, history organizations are not currently eligible to apply.

Evaluation Process and Selection Criteria

Applications will be adjudicated by a panel of individuals to be populated and assembled by ASC. Panelists will have credentials and working knowledge relative to the disciplines represented by the applicant pool.

Panelists will review the application materials including work samples/documentation and will evaluate:

  • The quality of the creative work
  • The strength of the proposed fellowship activities
  • The connection of the applicant’s proposed renewal experience and past/future work
  • The intended impact on the applicant’s personal/professional renewal

A variety of disciplines will be represented in the fellows chosen.

Fellowship Agreement

Fellowship recipients must enter into a written agreement with ASC. No fellowship funds will be awarded in the absence of a signed fellowship agreement.

Fellowship recipients are required to participate in two or three meetings convened by ASC throughout the fellowship period. These meetings are intended to expand the scope of the experience from an individual to the community and to generate creative synergy, new ideas and collaborations.

Timeline and How to Apply

Attend an Info Session

In-person and virtual sessions will be posted on the ASC website. 

Submit an Application

By January 24, 2022. 

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Panel Adjudication 

February, 2022. 

Award Notification

By March 15, 2022.

Public Announcement and Fellowship Activity Period

April 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.

Questions about Creative Renewal Fellowships can be directed to Liz Fitzgerald, Director of Community & Artist Support, at

Grant Application Resources

Creative Renewal Fellowship guidelines

Individual Artist Fellowships application information and tips


2021 Creative Renewal Fellowship Recipients

  • Tony Arreaza, a musician who has worked for more than 20 years to expand Charlotte-Mecklenburg’s Latin music scene as a guitarist and cultural events organizer. Arreaza will use his fellowship to record a full-length album that features local Latinx artists and highlights the diversity of Latin music styles created in Charlotte.
  • Kali Ferguson, a bilingual oral storyteller, poet, culture educator, teaching artist and musician who celebrates the cultures of the African diaspora and Latin America in her work. Ferguson will use her fellowship to develop her bilingual storytelling skills through studying with world-renowned Welsh-English storyteller Michael Harvey, a pioneer in the new field of professional bilingual performance storytelling.
  • Joanne Hock, a professional filmmaker who writes and directs feature length narrative and documentary film projects that address social issues such as racism, sexism, classism and religious intolerance. Hock will use her fellowship to travel to Poland and Bulgaria to research, journal, photograph and begin the adaption of a book into a streaming series for television.
  • Alvin C. Jacobs Jr, a photographer and image activist who documents issues of resistance and protest while preserving humanity during instances of photographic importance. Jacobs will use his fellowship to master new photographic methods and disciplines and explore alternative photographic processes.
  • Chris Miller, whose work involves ancient handicrafts, specifically blacksmithing and ornamental plaster. With the fellowship, Miller will step back and concentrate on creating his own work and further his knowledge of detail patterning within the metal.
  • Ramona Moore Big Eagle, an oral historian and storyteller from the Tuscarora Nation of North Carolina. Moore Big Eagle’s fellowship plans are to use digital technology to take her work from an in-person only storytelling program to online programming.
  • Indrani Nayar-Gall, a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary artist working at the intersection of personal studio practice, social activism and film. She will use her fellowship to take classes in video art and installation and use film archives to study the narrative-building techniques of master artists in the field in order to explore creative possibilities in time-based media.
  • Jason Woodberry, a visual artist whose work conceptualizes the potential, genius, voices, future and past of Black people through an Afro-futuristic lens. He will use his fellowship to lease a space for creating larger scale pieces and travel to Ghana to explore his paternal ancestry.

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