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May 01, 2023

NABU's Creative Fellowship Launches in Miami

NABU: NABU's Creative Fellowship Launches in Miami

NABU, is thrilled to announce the launch of its latest Creative Fellowship program based in Miami. This 12-week program is specially designed for early-career artists of Haitian heritage who aspire to become writers or illustrators. The fellowship provides an incredible opportunity to improve their skills while contributing to early childhood literacy.

During the program, fellows will receive specialized training and a stipend to create bilingual literature in Haitian Creole and English for children between the ages of 0-10 years old. This initiative aims to address the growing demand for books in Haitian Creole in Florida and beyond. Many families and schools have reported a lack of reading materials to support literacy development for English as a Second Language (ESL) children, which is a gap that the NABU Creative Fellowship program aims to fill.

NABU has a proven track record of training over 150 creatives since its establishment in 2013. Currently, the organization is providing free access to books to over five million children globally. The Miami Creative Fellowship is set to provide Haitian Creole-speaking children with high-quality literature to help them develop their reading skills.

The NABU HP Creative Lab, located inside the African Heritage Cultural Arts Centre, will be the hub for the fellowship program. Here, the fellows will have access to state-of-the-art devices provided by HP Inc. The NABU Creative team will lead a comprehensive curriculum to develop the fellows' writing and illustrating skills.

Fellows will have an opportunity to be published in collaboration with NABU's major publishing partners for selected works., as well as receive a $2,000 stipend.

The NABU Creative Writing & Illustration Fellowship in Miami is open to early-stage professionals of Haitian heritage. Aspiring illustrators must have experience in digital drawing, while storytellers need to have some writing experience, and fluency in Haitian Creole is preferred.

Applications for the fellowship program are now open and will close on May 21st. The program will begin on Thursday, June 8th, and will meet twice a week for the 12-week duration of the fellowship. Interested candidates can follow the instructions on the NABU website to complete the application.

The NABU Creative Fellowship program is an excellent opportunity for early-career Haitian artists to improve their skills while contributing to early childhood literacy. The program aims to fill the gap in reading materials for ESL children in Florida and globally, and selected fellows will have access to state-of-the-art devices, a stipend, and opportunities for publishing. If you are an early-stage professional of Haitian heritage, don't miss this chance to apply for the fellowship program and make a meaningful impact in children's lives.


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