The Solidarity Arts Fellowship builds upon a decade-long commitment of Muslim Americans and Japanese Americans building a new culture of solidarity and resistance together - now needed more than ever.
This program originates from Bridging Communities (BC), which started in 2007 as a proactive partnership between Nikkei for Civil Rights and Redress (NCRR), the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) in the long aftermath of 9/11. Originally a high school program, Bridging Communities was the first youth program of its kind to draw connections between the history of Japanese Americans post Pearl Harbor and the similar, yet distinct, experiences of Muslim Americans today.
Multigenerational leadership of BC has now evolved the program into a Solidarity Arts Fellowship for college students to experience creative organizing and radical relationship building. This fellowship is committed to empowering emerging leaders with a foundation of solidarity to resist Islamophobia and to support the fellows in their community work beyond the program.
The six month fellowship (Jan 2019 - June 2019) provides rare experiences of deepening understanding, awareness and greater solidarity amongst our communities through leadership development, arts-based organizing, and field trips. These field trips include transformative and immersive experiences into community, including visits to the Manzanar Historic Incarceration Site, a SoCal masjid/mosque, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center’s Aratani Theatre for a special viewing of PULLproject Ensemble’s theatre piece called “Tales of Clamor”, and much more.
Fellows gain access to facilitation, training, and mentorship from long-time/experienced leaders and artists from the Muslim and Japanese American communities.
Since each retreat intentionally builds upon the next, fellows must attend all retreats. Prior to applying, please check the following dates for in your calendars.
January 19-20th, Opening Retreat
February 2nd, Second Retreat
March 24th Third Retreat
April 27th, Manzanar Pilgrimage
May 16th, Bridging Communities Iftar
June 30th, Closing Retreat