U-M announces Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship


The University of Michigan Arts Initiative and the Wallace House Center for Journalists have created a Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship for the 2024-25 academic year.

This specialized fellowship is designed to underscore the importance of arts reporting and criticism in American journalism.

The Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship will provide professional development opportunities and engagement with leading scholars, creators and innovators in the arts.

The inaugural fellow will be a member of the Knight-Wallace Fellowship, now celebrating its 50th year, and a member of U-M’s campuswide Arts Initiative, which seeks to illuminate and expand human connections, inspire collaborative creativity and build a more just and equitable world through the arts.

“The mission of the Arts Initiative includes energizing and nurturing the arts on campus and in our state,” said Interim Executive Director Mark Clague. “This not only means making art happen, but it means inspiring a robust critical dialogue about creative work and its meanings — its joy, humanity, and challenges to our beliefs and understandings.

“The new Knight-Wallace Arts Fellow will be a catalyst of such conversations, especially for U-M students, and amplify the impact of the arts for all.”

The Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellow will pursue an ambitious journalism project related to the arts and will have access to university courses, research and art creation across various disciplines, including art history, performance, policy, business, technology and design.

The fellow will receive an $85,000 living stipend, $5,000 relocation reimbursement, and health insurance coverage for the academic year. They will participate in weekly Wallace House seminars, cohort-based workshops and training, and engagement with leaders and changemakers in journalism and the arts.

The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2024.

The Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship is a crucial lifeline for art journalists as arts reporting positions are disappearing due to financial constraints.

“By adding this dedicated Arts Journalism Fellowship, Wallace House affirms the importance of coverage of artists and the work they create to enrich, reflect and challenge society,” said Lynette Clemetson, director of Wallace House. “We hope to foster new ways of approaching and sustaining arts journalism across a range of platforms.”

Applications for the Knight-Wallace Arts Journalism Fellowship are now open to arts journalists and critics with at least five years of professional experience. Coverage areas may include but are not limited to music, dance, theater and other performing arts, visual arts and museum culture, literature and poetry, film and new media architecture and design.


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