Arts & Social Justice Fellowship

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The Arts and Social Justice Fellowship (ASJF)  supports youth leadership at the intersection of arts and social change. High schoolers from DC, Maryland, and Virginia attend performances at regional venues, engage in thematic workshops with mentors and their peers, and create final projects exploring issues of importance to them through media of their choosing.

Presented by Strathmore with core partner Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company,  ASJF was created in 2022 as part of their co-presentation of Octavia E. Butler’s "Parable of the Sower" by Toshi Reagon and Bernice Johnson Reagon. This educational program seeks to identify the next generation of artists whose activism reflects Butler’s dynamic lineage. 

There is no cost to participate. Fellows receive a $750 stipend to support the creation of their final projects and are matched with professional artist mentors. 

This program is made possible with generous support from Dr. Deborah M. Smith and the Dr. Allen A.B. Herman Fund

Arts and Social Justice Fellowship 2024Arts and Social Justice Fellowship 2024 (not pictured: Mekdelawit Gebreslassie)



Arts and Social Justice Fellowship 2025 applications will open in August 2024. 


Artwork by Doudgy (Dew the Artist) Charmant 

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2023 Class Highlights

Projects explored themes including climate justice, trans healthcare, pay equity, and beyond. Fellows showcased an array of art forms including visual art, original plays and music, multi-media installations, and more.


2022 Class Highlights

The inaugural class's research and reflection covered Butler's Parable novels, as well as many other works and creators including Audre Lorde, Sonic Youth, Terence Trent D’Arby, Danez Smith, Robin DiAngelo, Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw, the film Sorry to Bother You, TV show American Gods, and more.