CSFP Fellows 2021
2021 Fellowship Gallery
Featured Fellows of the Week | 10/11 – 10/15
(MLA I ‘23)
LexArt | Lexington, MA
Bethany worked with instructors, students, and colleagues to facilitate indoor and outdoor art classes that spanned a variety of skill levels and mediums. She systemized administrative tasks for the education program and put together instructional materials that documented the process of running a class at LexArt as a resource for future staff and volunteers.
She also contributed to marketing materials, such as printed flyers, posters, and digital content, to increase outreach via social media to members of the community who are not familiar with LexArt.
“I’ve had a lot of direct access to people from all parts of the organization to ask questions and talk through ideas, including LexArt members from various guilds, art instructors, course participants, gallery patrons, and members of the executive committee on the board of directors. I’ve learned more about the financial, organizational, and social elements that are involved in running a business. My time here has improved my ability to network, and it has been interesting to see all the different ways people can make a career in a creative field viable.
LexArt is a non-profit organization without an endowment. The budget is tight, they have very few paid staff, and the vast majority of the work done here is carried out by volunteers. LexArt could not afford to pay me for my work this summer and the CSFP funding I received made it possible for me to contribute to the educational and community outreach goals of LexArt full time.”
GreenRoots | Chelsea, MA
As a Community Service Fellow this summer, Sara managed a vaccine outreach campaign, including overseeing a team of five vaccine ambassadors and two health organizers who went door-to-door sharing vaccination information and created videos dispelling vaccine myths.
“This fellowship has allowed me to build deeper connections between urban planning and health equity. For example, I was able to use my mapping and data skills I learned at the GSD to inform the vaccine equity campaign. I have gained project development skills [and learned] how to manage and support a large team.
Receiving CSFP funding allowed me to connect with my classmates and learn about their work [and gave] me a platform to share my work more broadly.”
CSFP Funding Testimonials
The CSFP has enabled me to use design as a tool for service in the non-profit and governmental realms. Previously, I had little experience working on projects outside of the firm-client model, and this fellowship has shown me the possibilities of pursuing alternate career paths with a design education.
As I am pursuing a degree in architecture, my work this summer allowed me to develop skills that are outside of the design discipline but complementary to my education. These include skills in meeting facilitation and consensus-building, participatory design planning and engagement, and collaboration skills across disparate agencies and constituents.
Receiving CSFP funding gave me the opportunity to work within an agency and department that is typically financially limited and unable to hire summer interns. The funding also supported my living costs in New York City. Living in the city allowed me to take full advantage of the internship, partaking in site visits and agency events which would not be possible through a remote setup.
CSFP made a huge difference to my experience this summer. The fellowship has allowed me to live in Poughkeepsie as an active member of the community – meeting activists at the Juneteenth celebration that MASS participated in, becoming friendly with local business owners, or striking up a casual conversation at the parking meter – and contribute to this meaningful work. Because our publication aspires to elevate a national conversation surrounding justice and equity in the built environment, and as such does not hold the primary purpose of being economically self-supporting, it is essential to win the backing of grants and fellowships to fund the labor that makes this research possible. This project would not be possible without independent academic sponsorship.