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Preview the Application

Power of Cash Narrative Change Fellowship

Are you filling out the application yourself? Or nominating another artist? 

If nominating, we will ask for your information and theirs, then we will send an email to the artist you are nominating encouraging them to submit an application. 


If applying for yourself, you will continue with the application…

  • What is your first name?

  • What is your last name?

  • What is your preferred name?

  • Are you a resident of the Chicagoland area?

  • Are you 18 years of age or older?

  • Are you applying as a pair of two or more artists?

  • Please list the name(s) of the artists in your group. If your group has a name, please include that as well.

  • What is your email?

  • What is your phone number?

  • What is your home address?

  • Is this the same as your mailing address?

  • What is your mailing address?

  • How did you hear about this fellowship?

    • Social media

    • Online or print news

    • Radio

    • Word of mouth

    • Something not listed: _______

  • Do you have a portfolio website and/or other link to share?

  • If yes, please share the link to your portfolio.

  • If no, instead of sharing a link, please upload 2 or 3 samples from your portfolio.


  • In 500 words or less, what is your experience with community engagement and/or community activism in your Chicagoland community?

  • We'd love to learn about your history of socially engaged art practice. In 500 words or less, in what ways have you engaged with social issues as an artist?


  • You will have the option to share your project proposal in writing directly in the application form or by video by uploading a video link to the application form. Written responses will have a word limit indicated in each question. Video responses may be no longer than 8 minutes. If submitting by video, you will have the option to upload the video directly into the application (if it is under 10 MB) or to share a link to your video (if it is over 10 MB).

  • In 500 words or less, please describe your proposed fellowship project. Please include the following:

  1. What will the project look like when complete?

  2. What do you find compelling about cash policies, specifically guaranteed income?

  • In 500 words or less, what are 2-3 narrative change goals for your project? Please touch on how your vision for the art project will promote true narratives of a guaranteed income and the power of cash. For a definition of "narrative change," please see the fellowship FAQ.

  • In 500 words or less, how do you plan to work in partnership with guaranteed income recipients? Note: We will connect artist fellows to individuals and families in the Chicagoland guaranteed income demonstrations. What we'd like to understand in your proposal is how you will incorporate and collaborate with the community for the creation of your project.

  • What is the timeline for your project? If helpful, you may indicate what you hope to accomplish or what progress you'll have made by months 3, 6, and 9 of the fellowship.

  • What is the materials budget for your project? Please refer to our FAQ for more about artists' budgets.

  • Would you like to let us know about anything you'll need in order to successfully participate in this fellowship? If yes, please describe what you'll need. We will do our best to provide reasonable accommodations if we can.


You have the option to share information about your identity. Why are we asking for this information? Because artists who have been impacted by the racist, discriminatory, and harmful narratives this fellowship seeks to change will be highly considered for the fellowship. This includes Black artists, artists of color, Indigenous artists, queer artists, immigrant artists, disabled artists, and poor artists. We've included the following questions to help make these considerations during the fellowship selection process.

Note: This section is entirely optional. This information is confidential and will only be shared with Economic Security for Illinois and its fellowship advisory board (who are participating in the selection process).

  • How do you describe your racial and/or ethnic background? Choose as many as you like

    • American Indian or Alaska Native

    • Asian or Asian American

    • Black or African American

    • Hispanic or Latinx

    • Middle Eastern or North African 

    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 

    • White

    • Something not listed (please feel free to self-identify in this space)

    • Prefer not to answer

  • How do you describe your gender identity? Choose as many as you like

    • Agender

    • Female

    • Gender fluid

    • Gender queer

    • Male

    • Non-binary

    • Transgender

    • Something not listed (please feel free to self-identify in this space)

    • Prefer not to answer

  • How do you describe your sexual orientation? Choose as many as you like

    • Bisexual

    • Gay

    • Heterosexual/straight

    • Lesbian

    • Pansexual

    • Queer

    • Something we haven’t listed (please feel free to self-identify in this space)

    • Prefer not to answer

  • How do you describe your ability status? Choose as many as you like

    • A sensory impairment

    • A long-term medical illness

    • A long-term mental health condition

    • A mobility impairment

    • A sensory processing or integration disorder

    • An intellectual disability

    • A temporary impairment resulting from illness or injury

    • A disability or impairment not listed (please feel free to self-identify in this space)

    • I do not identify with a disability or impairment

    • Prefer not to say

  • Is there another identity you hold that you'd like us to know about?

  • Please feel free to use this space to share how your life has been impacted by oppression.

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