Creative Catalyst Fellowships

Kenan Institute

Creative Catalyst Fellowships

Creative Catalyst 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 Creative Catalyst 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 kenanarts@uncsa.edu.

2021-22 Fellows

Fellow in Neighborhood Arts
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Karen Archia
Creative Greensboro

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. 

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Fellow in Marketing & Technology
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Camille Bourne
SBTDC at Winston-Salem State University

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.


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Fellow in Art & Community Engagement
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Owens Daniels
Reynolda House

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. 

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Fellow in Community Engagement
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Karine Fleurima
Media + Emerging Technology Lab (METL)

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.

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Fellow in Community Engagement
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Yosimar Gutierrez
MIXXER

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.

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Fellow in Operations
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Haley Haupt
SPACE on Ryder Farm

Haley is a performing artist, songwriter, and educator based in Hudson Valley, NY. With a BFA Musical Theatre and Religious Studies minor, she often finds herself at the intersection of theatre and social change. They've worked at Skylight Music Theatre (Milwaukee, WI), Theatre Latté Da (Minneapolis, MN), and was a member of the 2021 Facilitating Cultural Change workshop led by Beth Zemsky in Minneapolis, MN. Haley aspires to studying voice and movement as they apply to expressive arts therapy and somatic-based practices intended for individual expression and healing. They also share a birthday with Stevie Wonder and really dig authentic jazz dance!

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Fellow in Community Development
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alyzza may
Elsewhere

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.

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Fellow in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
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Stefani Priskos
John C. Campbell Folk School

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.

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Fellow in Education & Engagement
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Carley Robinson
Hangar Theatre

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.

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Fellow in Art & Community Engagement
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Ann Workman
Pocosin Arts

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.

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