VAMP: Visual Art-Making as Praxis

CCSRE's Visual Art Making as Praxis Fellowship (VAMP) provides students and opportunity to partner with a community organization that centers their work at the intersections of art, film, music, performance, racial and social justice. 

Fellowship Details

  • Enrollment in the spring 2022 course: CSRE 100P
  • All summer fellows are required to work with their community partners at least 30 hours/week for ten consecutive weeks at their placements. 
  • Fellows are expected to work on-site or virtual with their host organization.
  • Fellows must attend events like a kick-off retreat (Spring) 
  • Complete a capstone project in collaboration with your community partner and present it at Stanford in the Fall quarter.
  • Students will receive $7,500 for the fellowship, plus additional funding depending on need.

Application Deadline: February 11th, 2022.


Opportunities - Summer 2022

Crowded Fire Theater

Crowded Fire Theater (CFT) is a critically acclaimed company for new play production on the West Coast. Known for presenting works by the hottest up-and-coming playwrights, CFT contributes to the creation of a contemporary canon that reflects the diverse world in which we live. Read more about our commitments to justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion in our organization. A company in residence at the intimate 99-seat Potrero Stage in the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco, we develop and produce poetic, bold, relevant live theater.

CFT is composed of an ensemble of Resident Artists made up of top Bay Area actors, designers, and dramaturgs. This ensemble, with its multiplicity of interests and ideas, as well as the dedication and talent of its members, represents one of the company’s most significant strengths. The company also supports our Mentorship Program, providing customized year-long mentoring for up to three artists, technicians, or arts administrators each year.

Imagining Justice

Imagining Justice is a pre-trial diversion program that uses art therapy and arts education to provide an alternative model of juvenile justice. By participating in a series of arts workshops, youth accused of crimes avoid the collateral consequences of a criminal record. This diversion program is a partnership between the Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, the Stanford Arts Institute, the Stanford Center for Criminal Justice. Imagining Justice currently partners with the San Francisco District Attorney's Office and is exploring additional partners in the Bay Area and nationally. The program is led by Prof. Jisha Menon (Theater & Performance Studies), Prof. David Sklansky (Stanford Law School), and Daniel Murray (CCSRE).
Fellows will assist in the development, coordination and execution of arts workshops OR research evaluating the program's impacts. Fellows will be based in either the San Francisco Bay Area OR Milwaukee, Wisconsin as the program develops new partnerships in the Milwaukee/Chicago area. Applicants should indicate if they have a preference for location and whether they are interested in supporting the arts curriculum or program evaluation (or both). For students interested in working in the SF Bay Area, proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project

Queer Women of Color Media Arts Project (QWOCMAP) uses film to shatter stereotypes and bias, reveal the lived truth of inequality, and build community around art and activism. We create, exhibit, and distribute high-impact new films that authentically reflect the lives of queer women of color both cisgender & transgender, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming, and transgender people of color of any orientation, and address the vital, intersecting social justice issues that concern our multiple communities.

QWOCMAP actively invests in, develops, and nurtures the creativity and leadership of African Descent/Black, Asian, Chicanx/Latinx, First Nations/Native American/American Indian/Indigenous, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, North African/Arab, Middle Eastern, Muslim, South Asian (SWANA/AMEMSA), and Mixed-Race lesbian, bisexual, and queer women, and nonbinary, gender nonconforming and transgender people of color, and intersex and Two Spirit people of color.

Our vision nurtures filmmaker-activists as leaders of social justice movements that incorporate the power of art as cultural resistance and cultural resilience, cultural reclamation and cultural renewal. We will fundamentally transform the world into a place where justice and equity are the norm.

Possible Projects: Interns collaborating with QWOCMAP will assist us in launching our 18th annual International Queer Women of Color Film Festival, to be held in-person on June 10-12, 2022 at the Presidio Theatre in San Francisco. At our annual film festival, we screen films created through our programs, in addition to films by independent filmmakers from around the world. It’s unlike any other film screening you’ve been to: a theatre full of friends and family who are gathering to not only watch a film together, but to experience something new, to think differently, build community, and to participate in deep, lasting social change.

In addition to supporting the success of our 18th International Film Festival, QWOCMAP interns will complete discrete capstone projects such as website re-design, creating film discussion guides, creating plans for organizational collaborations in specific regions, and developing content for communications campaigns, to name just a few. Experience with or passion for any of these areas is a plus:

  • Community organizing & activism
  • Media & communications
  • Outreach
  • Independent work skills
  • Group work skills
  • Flexible with day-to-day and long-term tasks

Our interns have our utmost respect, and we hope that this will be a learning experience for both you and us. We will work with you to specialize your responsibilities so that they make the most sense to what you are willing and able to do.