Artists and cultural leaders have been at the forefront of social change throughout US history. Today, in the face of growing intolerance and widening inequality, the arts have the power to transform how people view each other and the world around them.

The artists and cultural leaders we’ve selected for Art of Change fellowships all have a demonstrated commitment to social justice and reflect a powerful diversity of experiences and creative voices. Drawn from a wide range of artistic fields, the fellows span generations, backgrounds, geographies, and life experiences—and together tell a rich and varied American story.

Click through below to read full bios of all our remarkable Art of Change fellows. Read the full announcement.


 

Luis Alfaro

Luis Alfaro

Writer, performer, educator

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dance and theater artist, director

Camille A. Brown

Camille A. Brown

Dancer, choreographer

P Carl

P. Carl

Theater director, cultural organizer

Ping Chong

Ping Chong

Theater director, choreographer, video and installation artist

Sandra Cisneros

Sandra Cisneros

Poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, artist

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat

Novelist

Michelle Dorrance

Michelle Dorrance

Dancer, tap choreographer

Gustavo Dudamel

Gustavo Dudamel

Symphonic and operatic conductor

Ava DuVernay_

Ava DuVernay

Filmmaker

Mohammed Fairouz

Mohammed Fairouz

Composer

Joy Harjo

Joy Harjo

Poet, musician

Samuel Hoi

Samuel Hoi

Higher education leader, art and design educator

Deborah Luster

Deborah Luster

Visual artist

Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

Musicians, composers, educators

Dominique Morisseau

Dominique Morisseau

Theater actor, playwright

Mira Nair

Mira Nair

Actress, film director, writer, and producer

Lydela and Michel Nonó

Las Nietas de Nonó

Multimedia artists

Postcommodity

Postcommodity

Interdisciplinary arts collective

Lori Pourier

Lori Pourier

Native American arts and culture leader

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, singer, songwriter

Carlton Turner

Carlton Turner

Performing artist, organizer

Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson

Multimedia artist