Our 2019 Solidarity Arts Fellowship cohort at Vigilant Love’s 2019 Bridging Communities Iftar.

Our 2019 Solidarity Arts Fellowship cohort at Vigilant Love’s 2019 Bridging Communities Iftar.

The Solidarity Arts Fellowship has taught me what an intentional community based on intimacy, openness, and mutual care looks and feels like. Participating in the fellowship has helped me recognize the importance—both politically and personally—of communities and friendships like these, built through vulnerability and across difference towards a common goal of healing and supporting one other. — Hannah, 2019 Solidarity Arts Fellow

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 six month fellowship provides rare experiences of deepening understanding, awareness and greater solidarity amongst our communities through transformative leadership development, arts-based organizing, and field trips. These field trips include immersive experiences into community, including visits to the Manzanar Historic Incarceration Site, a SoCal masjid/mosque, the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, and much more.

Fellows gain access to facilitation, arts-and-healing based training, and mentorship from long-time/experienced leaders and artists from the Muslim and Japanese American communities, as well as other directly impacted communities today. 

Most of all, fellows gain life-changing relationships that strengthen one’s path and trajectory in challenging cyclical oppression, and nourish one’s commitment to developing possibilities for healing and liberation. 


The next round of applications for the solidarity arts fellowship will open in November 2019.

Here are the important dates and details for your application:

November 2019 - Applications for the second cohort of the Solidarity Arts Fellowship will open.

December 1st - Applications close & interviews begin. 

December 2019 - Fellows announcement. 

January 2020 - Fellowship begins with an opening retreat for the 2020 Solidarity Arts Fellows on the weekend of January 18 - 20th.'

Time Commitment

January - June 2020. This Fellowship is tailored to meet the demanding schedules of students with once-a-month, in-person retreats and once-a-month, virtual webinars. 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 18-20th, Opening Retreat                          

February TBD, Second Retreat                                  

March TBD, Third Retreat                                            

April 25th, Manzanar Pilgrimage                                   

May 14th, Bridging Communities Iftar                             

June 21st, Closing Retreat


Muslim and Japanese American college-aged students/youth between the ages of 18-22 with a desire to learn and practice creative organizing for social change and resistance against Islamophobia. Fellows should be located in Southern California with access to attending retreats in Los Angeles, CA.

  • Individuals interested in their personal identities in relation to their community’s history, experiences and overall well-being. 

  • Desire to build intersectional, cross-communal relationships.

  • Desire to learn and practice creative organizing for social change.

  • No previous artistic experience needed!

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