UK Creative Community Fellows

Arts and culture can be a powerful force for positive community change. That’s why creative people who are called to strengthen their communities need to be supported.

Driving transformation through arts and culture can be daunting, difficult and often lonely. UK Creative Community Fellows brings cultural trailblazers together to be part of something bigger, to learn life-changing skills, and to see dreams become reality.

Leaders thrive when they understand and connect with their communities. They partner with other local organisations and take part in civic initiatives. Most importantly, they listen to community members. This kind of connectivity and relevance is the key to driving a physical or social transformation through the arts. 

UK Creative Community Fellows is the result of a longstanding partnership between Derby Museums and NAS, a United States-based organisation that builds and supports diverse communities of cultural leaders, and the Center for Social Impact Strategy at the University of Pennsylvania. The programme’s faculty and facilitators are drawn from all three institutions and all fees are underwritten through the generous support of Arts Council England and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. 

This programme is an online and in-person learning experience from October 2020 to June 2021 which joins artists, community organisers, administrators and entrepreneurs from around the United Kingdom to explore new tools and frameworks which will assist their arts and culture projects in driving transformational change. The journey includes focused online learning modules and a coming together to live and learn alongside one another at an incubator-like environment in Yorkshire, and concludes with a trip to the United States to meet a broader international cohort of Creative Community Fellows and other trailblazers at a NAS event. 

To find out more about the 2020 UK Creative Community Fellows, go to

Applications for the 2020 programme are now closed but we will open applications for the 2021 programme early in the new year. If you are interested in applying, contact [email protected]