The Kennedy Center


About the Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition

The Kennedy Center, a living memorial to President John F. Kennedy, honors our 35th President everyday by uplifting ideals from his legacy (service, justice, freedom, courage, and gratitude) that live through the arts. As part of this celebration of legacy, the Kennedy Center launched the "Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition" in 2016, which celebrates emerging artists across the country who utilize their art form for positive impact on communities.

Through a year-long engagement with the Kennedy Center, Citizen Artist Fellows develop and strengthen connections in their fields, receive opportunities for artistic collaboration and presentation, and gain access to Kennedy Center Staff and Artistic Partners for individual professional development. Our intention is that this Recognition Program takes Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows on a journey of investigation, activation, and participation.

Kennedy Center Citizen Artist Fellows represent the overall diversity of the national audience the Kennedy Center strives to reflect and serve.

More Details About the Recognition

Selected Citizen Artist Fellows will...

  • Attend, present, and participate in Kennedy Center’s Annual Arts Summits, designed to bring thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for conversation and connection
  • Collaborate, share practices, and receive mentorship at the Summer Retreat
  • Regularly connect on conference calls with each other and Kennedy Center staff
  • Receive opportunities and information regarding national convenings, grant applications, and other resources from top partners such as Aspen Institute, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtChangeUS, and Citizen University

All transportation and housing for Arts Summits and Summer Retreat will be provided by Kennedy Center!

Nominees must be available to attend both Arts Summits and the Summer Retreat in order to receive the recognition.


The nomination period for the 2018/2019 Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition is now closed.

The nomination period for the 2019/2020 Citizen Artist Fellow Recognition will open in October 2018.