THE CENTER FOR CULTURAL POWER LAUNCHES THE DISRUPTORS FELLOWSHIP 2020
February 14, 2020—Oakland, CA — The Center for Cultural Power, formerly CultureStrike, in partnership with 5050by2020 announced today the launch of The Disruptors Fellowship – a five-month program that will be awarded to ten artists of color who identify as trans and/or
non-binary, disabled, undocumented and/or formerly undocumented immigrants.
The Disruptors Fellowship was created to support emerging television writers. “With 91% of TV show creators being white and 78% being men, it is crucial to empower and provide the right tools to storytellers who can speak to different perspectives,” explains Favianna Rodriguez, President of The Center for Cultural Power, “It is of the utmost importance to diversify the voices in Hollywood, and one of the best ways to do that is to provide opportunities for these writers to get a chance to be in the writers’ room.”
Jill Soloway, co-founder of 5050by2020, strongly believes that it is imperative to create an industry in Hollywood that reflects the diversity of the population. Creating a fellowship that supports and empowers writers of color is a clear path to achieving change, “There has never been a fellowship quite like this. It is intersectional, it is disruptive, it elevates the most marginalized of voices and says, hey, these stories matter, and we are going to invest in them to change Hollywood. I am so proud 5050 is partnering with The Center for Cultural Power and I look forward to being personally involved in championing these artists and their work.”
By creating this program, The Center for Cultural Power supports artists that share their values, specifically Artist Disruptors, a term the Center uses for artists committed to expanding their artistic practice and using their creative powers to move culture towards empathy, social justice, and ecological harmony.
The fellowship, designed in partnership with Young Entertainment Activists and Original Media Ventures will include master classes, one-on-one coaching and feedback, peer support and community consciousness-raising, culminating in an industry reading of a pilot excerpt. Mentors, panelists and master class leaders will include industry veterans and fresh voices like Rafael Agustin (Jane the Virgin), Katherine Beattie (NCIS), Shantira Jackson (Saved by the Bell Reboot, Busy Tonight), Thomas Page McBee (The L Word, Tales of the City), Jill Soloway (Transparent), Ryan O’Connell (Special), Jenny Yang (Last Man Standing, Busy Tonight) and Trey Callaway (Rush Hour, CSI: NY).
The submissions will be juried by a panel that includes Nick Adams from GLAAD, Christine Bruno (Chair of the NY SAG-AFTRA Performers with Disabilities) and select staff from The Center for Cultural Power and 5050by2020. The program will announce its fellows in April.
ABOUT THE CENTER FOR CULTURAL POWER
The Center for Cultural Power, as noted above, formerly known as CultureStrike, is an artist-of-color-led organization building the infrastructure and cultural assets to support artists and storytellers pushing for social change. We activate authentic narratives and amplify stories that shift culture toward justice and equity. Our work resides at the intersections of migration, climate chaos, and gender, racial and cultural justice. Our primary strategy is to invest directly in artists and to work in partnership with directly impacted communities. All of our work supports artists and culture-makers whose voices transform the status quo to create a more just, healthier, and more inclusive future. This includes artists of color, immigrant and undocumented artists, disabled artists, transgender artists, indigenous artists, and women artists. For additional information please visit Cultural Power.
5050by2020 is an intersectional initiative of the Time’s Up movement incubated at the Center for Cultural Power. Co-Founded by Jill Soloway, Favianna Rodriguez and Zackary Drucker with a founding advisory board of powerful women in Hollywood, 5050by2020 empowers storytellers to change the game in Hollywood and beyond. While 5050by2020 is an international movement and a near-universally known hashtag, the core of 5050’s work in Los Angeles and New York centers around empowering transmasculine, disabled and sex worker writers, directors, actors, producers and more through activism, professional development, community-building and long-term visioning.