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.

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Luis Alfaro

Writer, performer, educator

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Mikhail Baryshnikov

Dance and theater artist, director

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Camille A. Brown

Dancer, choreographer

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P. Carl

Theater director, cultural organizer

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Ping Chong

Theater director, choreographer, video and installation artist

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Sandra Cisneros

Poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, artist

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Edwidge Danticat


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Michelle Dorrance

Dancer, tap choreographer

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Gustavo Dudamel

Symphonic and operatic conductor

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Ava DuVernay


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Mohammed Fairouz


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Joy Harjo

Poet, musician

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Samuel Hoi

Higher education leader, art and design educator

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Deborah Luster

Visual artist

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Alicia Hall Moran and Jason moran

Musicians, composers, educators

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Dominique Morisseau

Theater actor, playwright

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Mira Nair

Actress, film director, writer, and producer

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Las Nietas de Nonó

Multimedia artists

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Interdisciplinary arts collective

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Lori Pourier

Native American arts and culture leader

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Esperanza Spalding

Bassist, singer, songwriter

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Carlton Turner

Performing artist, organizer

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Fred Wilson

Multimedia artist