Named in honor of the dancer, choreographer and activist, the Katherine Dunham Fellowship is a 16-week paid learning opportunity designed to prepare African-American individuals who have been historically under-represented in the field of arts administration for careers in the nonprofit arts and culture sector. Past fellows Quinton Ward, Allena Brazier and Jenisha McDonald continue to develop their careers in the arts with unique paths that build on their experiences with the Arts and Education Council.

Quinton Ward (spring 2018) is working with the Saint Louis Zoo to conduct participatory research with the community in order to develop educational programming in north St. Louis County, and is funded by the Zoo and the AmeriCorps VISTA program.

Allena Brazier (fall 2018) was recently selected as one of 10 finalists to participate in the Sculpture on Campus Event at Southern Illinois University — Edwardsville. Participating students gain real world career experience by designing and installing outdoor sculpture throughout campus. Brazier’s sculpture honoring Katherine Dunham will be on view for a year beginning Oct. 4.

Jenisha McDonald (spring 2019) has been promoted to Human Resources Administrative Assistant at the Fabulous Fox Theatre while she completes her business degree at University of Missouri — St. Louis. Following graduation, she intends to further develop the business plan for an afterschool playwriting program for 5th to 8th graders that she started during her fellowship.

Applications for the 2020 Katherine Dunham Fellowship will open March 2, 2020. The Katherine Dunham Fellowship is funded by Sara and Jack Burke. Learn more here.