Broadway Advocacy Coalition has announced the two newest members of their Artivism fellowship program, which provides participants with financial and project support, as well as mentorship and networking opportunities.
The 2023 fellows are Jamaican American playwright, performer, producer, and educator Camille Thomas and poet, playwright, actor, and activist UGBA.
Both Thomas and UGBA will receive $14,000 in financial support, and $4,500 in project support, in addition to support from Broadway Advocacy Coalition and their partner, The Alliance for Quality Education.
“We are honored to have Camille and UGBA as our fellows,” said Dria Brown, the co-director of programming. “In radically reimagining this year's Artivism Fellowship, it felt essential to ensure that BAC deepened our commitment to our artists through more intentional partnership models that engage experts in the field, and that we provide more financial support, focused mentorship, and policy and legal support that can anchor the fellows' final projects in data. We will take that data and turn it into theatre, knowing that theatre speaks volumes, where data fails. Working with our longtime friends over at Alliance of Quality Education to advance their advocacy efforts is both an honor and a privilege and I can't wait to see what Camille and UGBA create."
Founded in 2016, Broadway Advocacy Coalition is an arts-based advocacy nonprofit dedicated to building the capacity of individuals and organizations to dismantle the systems that perpetuate racism through the power of storytelling and the leadership of people directly affected. The organization received a Special Tony Award for their work in 2021. For more information, visit BwayAdvocacyCoalition.org.