Kent Cultural Alliance

CHESTERTOWN — The Kent Cultural Alliance, in partnership with Chesapeake Heartland: An African American Humanities Project and with additional support from the Hedgelawn Foundation, is offering five artist fellowships for spring and summer.

The fellowships seek to engage artists who can research and interpret stories gathered and archived in the Chesapeake Heartland digital archive, with the permission of the story owner, and create a new work of art based on that story.

The works can be in any medium but all must be able to be rendered digitally or with video to live as a permanent part of the Chesapeake Heartland archive.

Selected artists will share their concept with KCA before embarking on the project. Artists will be asked to share (virtually, if necessary) their process once they have reached a half way point, and before May 30, with students in one fine arts class at one of the five Kent County Public Schools.

KCA will host an exhibit of the works created by the selected artists in the fall. A subcommittee of the KCA board will select the winning five applicants.

Applications must be in the form of CV or portfolio/body of work (no more than five examples of work), a bio and an artist statement.

Statements should focus on the Artist’s desire to be a part of this project with KCA and Chesapeake Heartland and why the artist is interested in interpreting stories of the African American Experience in Kent County. Artists of color are encouraged to apply.

Application deadline is by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 31. Applications can be delivered via email to — or by-hand on or before 5 p.m. March 31. An appointment must be made to drop off an application. Email KCA Director John Schratwieser at or call at 410-778-3700.

Fellowship Artists will receive a $1,500 honoraria and can apply additional funding for materials for up to $100 per winning applicant.

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