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Shelter Projects: Micro-Fellowships in the Arts and Humanities

Alan Flurry

In these uncertain times, The Willson Center is taking the lead in supporting graduate students and community-based artists and practitioners. Shelter Projects, a micro-fellowship program to support in the creation of shareable reflections on the current pandemic through the arts and humanities:

The Shelter Projects program is a partnership of the Graduate School, the UGA Arts Council, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, Flagpole magazine, and the Willson Center through the Office of Research. Applications will be open on a rolling basis, with ten $500 micro-fellowships offered initially and more available as funding allows.

Shelter Projects represent the responses of fellowship recipients to the experience of their current circumstances. Outcomes may include, but are not limited to

  • a poem
  • a song
  • a journal
  • a short film
  • a sculpture
  • a drawing
  • a painting
  • a set of observations of the natural world
  • some other artistic or humanistic form

The projects must be carried out individually, in self-isolation and adhering to the advice and requirements of both the University System of Georgia and the Centers for Disease Control.

Projects must be available to share online in a rolling virtual exhibition by the Willson Center, which will be broadcast through various university communication channels and Flagpole. This exhibition will be presented as a whole during UGA’s Spotlight on the Arts festival in November, 2020.

The Franklin College is glad to be a supporting partner in this crucial effort to support our community. The power that runs through the arts and humanities is prime among the tools that sustain us during crises great and small, connecting us in celebration of our commonwealth.

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