Arts Writing Fellowship


Through support from the National Endowment for the Arts, Humanities DC, Brink Media, DCRE Residential, and The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Day Eight is hiring an early career arts writer. The Arts Writing Fellow will write and publish articles of arts journalism, contribute to the editorial and business management of the arts magazine Bourgeon, and support production of an e-book featuring D.C. artists.

Fellowship activities are to be conducted in Washington, D.C. and a stipend of $6000 will be provided. The Fellowship period is expected to run June 1, 2016 – December 1, 2016.

The application period ended at midnight March 28, 2016.

About Day Eight

The mission of Day Eight is to empower individuals and the community to participate in the arts through the production, publication, and promotion of creative projects. Our publication program includes the arts magazine Bourgeon, an annual arts writing competition for undergraduates, lectures, trainings and workshops.

Day Eight was founded by artist and arts writer Robert Bettmann. Bettmann is author of the book Somatic Ecology and editor of Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work. The Board of Directors of Day Eight includes Gregory Luce, Tim Mikulski, Noah Peters, Patrick Cavanaugh, Amanda Barrett, Robert Bettmann, Tina Barksdale, and Lauren Stafford.

Fellowship Details

The selected Arts Writing Fellow will: have superior writing and editing skills; familiarity with desktop publishing and graphic design software programs; professional social media experience and presence; experience managing resources or otherwise taking responsibility for direct work products; and a demonstrated passion for journalism, the media and the arts.

The selected Fellow will:

  • Produce a minimum of five articles per month for Bourgeon to be published on our platform and through publication partners. The majority of the articles are expected to be arts criticism (review or preview) but pieces can take a variety of forms.
  • Manage the organization’s social media channels and organize events and online campaigns that contribute to readership
  • Produce at least one long-form article of more than 1200 words in length
  • Participate in weekly discussions with the fellowship director and members of the Day Eight committee managing the project
  • Assist in publication and promotion of the e-book of the book Bourgeon: Fifty Artists Write About Their Work.

The Committee producing the project includes leaders in the arts, arts journalism, communications and media including: Robert Bettmann (Day Eight), Karen Bradley (University of Maryland), Joseph McKeating (Pulsar Strategies), Margarita Noriega (Newsweek), Patrick Cavanaugh (Brink Media), Michael Kaiser (DeVos Institute), David Ramos (American University), Tracey Bell (George Mason), and Erica Bondarev Rapach (University of Maryland).

In addition to the stipend, benefits of the Fellowship include:

  • Structured and unstructured mentoring, training and support from professionals in the arts, journalism and communications fields during the fellowship
  • Support post-fellowship with placing future articles and essays
  • Support in finding a job post-fellowship

Applications were accepted until midnight March 28, 2016.