Arts Fellow with Human Solutions Organization

Title: Arts Fellow with Human Solutions Organization: Enterprise Rose Fellowship

Location: Portland, OR

About the Enterprise Rose Fellowship

The Enterprise Rose Fellowship partners emerging architectural designers and socially-engaged arts and cultural practitioners with local community development organizations to facilitate an inclusive approach to development that results in green, sustainable, and affordable communities. As an integral member of their host organization, fellows integrate design processes, artistic practices, community engagement principles, and creativity into development projects and the organization overall.

For this program, artists are defined as socially-engaged creative practitioners, teaching artists, and culture bearers working in all disciplines – including but not limited to: visual arts, performance, digital media, dance, theater, literary arts and multi-media. Qualification requirements are specified in the work plans below.

By becoming a fellow, you will learn first-hand the dynamics, challenges, and potential of mission-driven real estate development, community organizing, and policy. You will also join a growing network of passionate and talented creative practitioners who are continuously changing what is possible in community development.

Fellowship opportunities for the 2020-2022 program year are in:

• Asheville, NC with Mountain Housing Opportunities
• Boston, MA with City of Boston, Department of Neighborhood Development
• Cleveland, OH with Cleveland Neighborhood Progress*
• Detroit, MI with Develop Detroit
• Fort Lauderdale, FL with South Florida Community Land Trust
• Portland, OR with Human Solutions**
• Telluride, CO with Telluride Foundations

* denotes Landscape Architecture Fellowship
** denotes Arts Fellowship

For full work plans, webinar information, and application instructions, visit:

About Human Solutions

Human Solutions counters the forces that keep people and communities in poverty by building relationships and assets that create opportunity today and for future generations through: partnering with people and communities impacted by poverty so they can achieve long-term housing & economic security; investing in affordable housing and community assets that contribute to strong, inclusive neighborhoods; and, advocating with their community for policies & investments that expand housing & economic opportunity, eliminate wealth inequality and end poverty. Their 245-square-mile service area is the poorest part of the county and the most racially diverse in the state. It has long experienced underinvestment. Human Solutions works east of Portland, which has much higher incomes and far more amenities. All school districts in the area have a majority of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. Dozens of languages are spoken; immigrants and refugees often land in this portion of the Portland metro area because it is relatively affordable, though less so now with rising rents and housing pressure from those displaced elsewhere in this increasingly high-cost region. Informed by the principles of trauma-informed care, Human Solutions worked to alleviate these issues through both community development and social service provision.

The Rose Fellow will help expand Human Solution’s capacity in:
Becoming thought leaders who educate and inspire the community to better understand the causes of poverty and homelessness (specifically historic and ongoing structural solutions)

Challenging the damaging narrative that dominate our culture: bootstrap mentality that fails to engage with systemic racism and broken systems

Benefits of becoming a Rose Fellow

• Two-year fellowship position
• Salary and benefits
• Annual networking and training retreats
• Intensive on-the-ground training in community development
• Professional development stipend and opportunities
• Alumni network of 70+ leaders in social impact art and design


• Applicants for architectural fellowships must have an NAAB-Accredited Professional Architecture degree (B.Arch, M.Arch)
• Applicants for the arts fellowships must demonstrate experience and/or educational training in applying their artistic or cultural practice in a socially-engaged context. We seek applicants with either a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent level of professional experience.
• Applicants must be eligible to work in the U.S. for the entire fellowship period Selection Criteria
• Relevant academic and community experience
• Essays and response to work plan
• Portfolio
• References
• In-person Interview Selection Schedule
• April 10, 2020: Application Deadline at 11:59pm ET
• Jun-Jul: On-site, in-person interviews
• July: Final fellow selection
• Oct 2020: Fellowship begins for 2-year opportunity

Application instructions

To be considered for the fellowship, you must apply online
at by April 26, 2020 at 11:59 pm ET [deadline extended from April 10th].