Fellowships with partners of the Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts are competitive,
paid positions that advance artist leadership through skill-building, mentoring, and
community of practice; strengthen creative community networks to better address regional
gaps; foster systemic approaches to increase access, inclusion and equity; and embrace
participation and exchange across the creative sector. Fellows will also gain access
to educational and community-building opportunities.
The 2021 Fellowships have been filled. For more information about the Fellowship program
or to be added to the Kenan Institute e-mail list for future Fellowship announcements,
contact Sunny Townes Stewart.
Fellow in Neighborhood Arts
Karen Archia is a Greensboro-based visual artist and Creative Director of Public Art
Practice, a community service project to liberate, encourage and affirm the creative
spirit in all people. She recently completed a six-month residency at the Center for
Visual Arts in Greensboro, which culminated in her exhibit “Seen Through,” which featured
more than 100 pieces of artwork, including three 36-foot long Sumi ink scrolls. She
was formerly owner-operator of The People’s Perk, a coffee/retail shop in Greensboro’s
Historic College Hill Neighborhood, where she had her art studio. Archia also has
more than a decade of experience in non-profit communications.
Camille Bourne grew up jumping between the filmmaking hubs of New York City, and Wilmington,
North Carolina: both places where she learned an admiration of hard work, and cultivated
her independent spirit. After attending Marymount Manhattan College for her Bachelor’s
degree and working in the entertainment industry in New York, she returned to North
Carolina and earned her MFA in Creative Producing at UNCSA. She is honored to be partnering
with her alma mater and the Kenan Institute.
2019 Duke Energy Grant and Z. Smith Reynolds Lead Artist for the Presence Absence
Project awardee Owens Daniels is a visual artist/photographer, educator and the face
behind ODP Art+Design: bold, creative and innovative artwork that builds bridges,
promotes cultural exchanges, and artistic endeavors between organizations, institutions
and the diverse communities they serve.
Karine Fleurima is an multidisciplinary artist whose work is based in Afro-futurist
feminist concepts. She investigates themes of cultural displacement and social ambiguity
while creating immersive meditative multimedia environments. As a performance artist,
writer, composer & meditation facilitator that utilizes emerging technology, Karine
is dedicated to bridging the disparity between technology & economic status. Karine
is a graduate of the CUNY BA program with a Bachelors of Science degree in Interactive
Media Art & Performance Structures/Techniques.
Introducing Yosimar Gutierrez, the 20-year-old artist that’s taking Winston-Salem
by storm. He’s an artist who works within many mediums, a few of those being traditional/digital
art, graphic design, and wearable art. These gravitating bodies of work make any head
turn, whether it be a vibrant canvas piece or a must-have article of clothing. His
artistic influence derives from his Mexican-Indigenous background. Bright color palettes
and spiritual motifs are evident in the majority of his works.
Alyzza May (they/them) is an angelic troublemaker, moving in the lineage of cultural
workers and popular educators, and is joining Elsewhere as the next Creative Catalyst
Fellow. To the fellowship they bring extensive experience in community centered creations
from the ground up. From helping bring the first participatory budgeting process to
the south with Participatory Budgeting Greensboro, curating over a dozen community
engaged murals with Greensboro Mural Project, to helping steward local mutual aid
efforts as Greensboro Mutual Aid, they move with a commitment to cultivating the commons
and building a transformative and just future.
Stefani Priskos is a North Carolina-based folklorist, educator, and cultural worker
from Alabama. Stefani received an M.A. in folklore from the University of North Carolina
at Chapel Hill and received UNC's Archie Green Fellowship for Occupational Folklife
for her master’s thesis research. She also holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard
College of Columbia University, with concentrations in French and Modern Greek. When
not documenting established and emerging traditions, Stefani enjoys hiking, traveling,
Sacred Harp singing, and searching for the best fried okra.
Carley Robinson is a theatre practitioner, health educator, and community worker local
to Upstate New York and Richmond, Virginia. Guided by principles of love and care
for all community members, Carley strives to hold space for communities to be in conversation
and pursue their best path forward. Recently, Carley has worked with Civic Ensemble,
the Hangar Theatre, Cornell University, Planned Parenthood, and other organizations
in various roles. She has knowledge based in Theatre, Human Development, and Education,
and often works with communities of color and youth of various ages.
Multimedia artist, mother, student, and community outreach coordinator, Ann Marie
Workman uses art as her way to explore subjects and experiences that make her uncomfortable.
Her work explores her own feelings toward womanhood, the experiences of people of
color, and death. These subjects are addressed through a lens of morbid fascination,
as each of these topics both terrify and liberate her. It is through her art that
she attempts to connect with and understand the outside world. Her work simultaneously
creates and releases anxiety within her, and through this process the discomfort is
then transferred, in part, to the viewer of her piece so that the burden is beared
by a collective instead of an individual.