Activist-Curator Fellowship

Update 09/23/2020: The call for applications is now closed.

Call for Applicants!

Chronicling Resistance invites applications for its Activist-Curator Fellows. Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 4 September 18, 2020, and will be accepted only through the online application form

An Applicant Info Session was held on August 25, 2020. Watch the replay here. You’ll also find FAQs and answers here.

We’re seeking local activists and cultural organizers interested in how historical materials can strengthen and support their community work. We want you to fill our reading rooms, then use what you find there and in your communities in the present to co-curate a series of public programs that tell stories of Philadelphia’s social, political, artistic, religious, and scientific resistance—historically and present-day.

If you …

  • do social change work and do it in and with community
  • would consider your social change work as social, political, artistic, religious, or scientific pushes against oppression and the status quo
  • are curious about the history of issues you work on
  • know how to nerd out (especially when it comes to historic documents)
  • would welcome a research librarian’s help as you nerd out
  • are comfortable around fragile documents that are hundreds of years old (or would be with some guidance on how to handle them)
  • work in and with a community that wants to start or continue keeping a record of its resistance work and its history
  • want free consultation or capacity building about that record keeping
  • would be excited/honored/thrilled/hyped/geeked to share your research and your community’s stories with all of Philadelphia
  • love libraries
  • are comfortable sharing your work on social media, especially Instagram
  • enjoy collaborating with creative people
  • have about 6-8 hours per week between (roughly) October 2020-December 2020 and Feb 2021-July 2021 to devote to all of the above
  • want to be paid for all of the above

… then fill out the application form here.  Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on September 4, September 18, 2020.

Quick View:

Application deadline: September 4, September 18, 2020 by 5:00pm Eastern Time
Fellowship period: October 1, 2020 to Nov. 22, 2020; January 19, 2021 to June 30, 2021; August 1, 2021 to December 2021; February 2022 to May 2022 (approximately 18 months)
Orientation: October 19, 2020, held virtually
Fellows receive: $10,000 stipend paid in monthly installments over duration the of the project; consultation on record-keeping from PACSCL archivists
What Fellows do: 
conduct historical/archival research at PACSCL institutions, with support from research librarians; facilitate cultural organizing and community archiving with the Project Director
What Fellows produce: 
a list of 10+ items from PACSCL institutions that can be used in interpretive programs; an installation proposal and narrative interpretation
Culminating exhibition: 
August 2022

View or download the complete application guidelines and questions here. (Note: these documents will have the original deadline one them.)