Past Diane Dammeyer Fellowship Recipients
A collaboration between Columbia College Chicago and leading global anti-poverty organization Heartland Alliance, the Diane Dammeyer Fellowship in Photographic Arts and Social Issues creates a space for a socially engaged photographer to produce a compelling and dynamic body of work highlighting human rights and social issues.
Meet the past fellows:
How Does the Fellowship Work?The fellow works directly with a Columbia College faculty mentor in the evolution of her or his artistic practice, while defining ways to share their experiences with and contribute talent to the Columbia College community and student body. On the Heartland Alliance side, the fellow will be immersed in the thematic and programmatic life of Heartland’s staff and participants for the ultimate purpose of advancing a message to inspire positive social change.
Together we look for opportunities where the fellow can experience Heartland Alliance’s culture, values, and philosophy of care in action and be exposed to the breadth and depth of issues that impact poverty. The artist’s artistic practice will unfold through a variety of meaningful, co-created activities for engagement and learning—activities that will be funded by the fellowship and that will allow staff, participants and the artist to benefit long before a culminating project is determined.
On a practical level, the structure and format of activities will be determined as we go along. The fellow’s schedule will vary, depending on what activities present themselves at Heartland Alliance and at Columbia College.
Orientation and immersion into the Heartland Alliance community is key, so at the start of each fellowship year there we deliberately create opportunities for the fellow to meet people, listen, and learn. We encourage staff to share insights and stories. The artist will identify opportunities where s/he will focus and engage others in service to the larger goal of elevating awareness of social justice issues.