Harvester Arts

Harvester Arts Community Fellows
Due Sep 3 2019



Mentorship, financial and practical support, and training for creative placemakers and socially engaged artists with community impact at the core of their operations.

Wichita, KS, August 6, 2019: Harvester Arts is accepting applications for the second round of the Community Fellows Program through September 3, 2019. Supported with a $70,500 grant award from the Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation, the program offers tangible support and career development for three members of the local creative community.

The Community Fellows Program recruits and trains creative thinkers who seek to make an impact on the community through their work. Harvester Arts provides mentorship, financial and practical support, as well as training for creative entrepreneurs in the Wichita community.

“Our goal is to empower creatives to become culture producers, and create opportunities for each other,” said Kate Van Steenhuyse, Harvester Arts, Co-Founder and Executive Director. “Individuals trained in placemaking and socially-engaged art will be key to transforming the core of our city.”

The Community Fellows will produce cultural events with administrative and financial support from Harvester Arts, including the Riverfest Artist-in-Residence program for 2020 and large-scale public projects of their own design. Chosen fellows will receive individual stipends of $2,500 per year for two years and up to $8,000 in seed funding for their projects.

Finalists will be interviewed in mid-September and the three selected fellows will be announced by the end of the month. Creatives, organizers, visionaries and anyone interested in the program will find more information and application instructions at Applicants must be over 18 years of age. Current students are eligible to apply.

Harvester Arts will facilitate mandatory training workshops for accepted Community Fellows and the general public on event production and planning. These sessions will focus on four central topics:

October 1, 6 PM Strategic Planning: Best Practices in Creative Placemaking & Socially-Engaged Art

October 15, 6 PM Action Planning: Budgets & Logistics

October 29, 6 PM Telling The Story: Marketing, Outreach, and Messaging

November 12, 6 PM Measuring Success: Outcomes, Documentation & Evaluations

Workshops are open to the public for a $20 fee and limited to 25 participants - scholarships are available. Workshops will be hosted at Harvester Arts at 215 N Washington between 1st & 2nd Streets in Old Town.

About Harvester Arts: Harvester Arts is a non-profit space for arts experimentation in Wichita, Kansas that engages the community through public art projects, artist professional development, and artist residencies to provide a thoughtful platform for critical dialog and initiate the creation of new work.

About the Wichita Community Foundation: Founded in 1986, the Wichita Community Foundation’s mission is to be the catalyst that creates lasting legacies by partnering with people, families, and organizations to devote resources to causes that matter. The Knight Foundation Fund at the Wichita Community Foundation invests in civic innovators who help cities attract and nurture talent, enhance opportunity and foster civic engagement. For more information, visit or call 316.264.4880.