About the Fellowship Program
The Crip Camp Impact Campaign is honored to partner with Adobe in establishing a fellowship program for creatives and community organizers with disabilities interested in elevating their work to the next level of visibility.
Through a competitive application process, 10-12 fellows will be selected to receive a $5,000 grant to complete a passion project over a 7-month period. Fellows will participate in monthly training classes with Adobe and Crip Camp lecturers and have direct access to a pool of mentors — well-established in their respective industries. All fellows will receive a one year complimentary subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud ($600+/year in value).
Applicants are encouraged to participate in Crip Camp: The Virtual Experience which runs May 17-August 30, but it is not required for acceptance.
Crip Camp’s current impact can largely be attributed to the People’s Theater, which provided video cameras to disabled campers at Camp Jened, and Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham, two friends with and without disabilities, who have a long history of working together in the documentary community as sound mixers and directors. The creative and documentary community rallied around Crip Camp to amplify the stories that helped spur on the Disability Rights Movement. We want to continue this tradition by supporting more creatives and community organizers with disabilities in having the tools and relationships they need to make powerful impacts within their spheres of interest and influence.
Why Named After
Ki’tay D. Davidson?
“I challenge the extent to which we place the responsibility for advocacy on those designated as leaders or ‘champions.’ Advocacy is not just for charismatic individuals or high profile community organizers. Advocacy is for all of us; advocacy is a way of life. It is a natural response to the injustices and inequality in the world. While you and I may not have sole responsibility for these inequities that does not alter its reality.” – Ki’tay D. Davidson
Ki’tay D. Davidson’s memory lives on in many communities. Originally from Chicago and based in L.A., Ki’tay was a Black disabled trans man and, in his words, a “believer in love + collective liberation”. He passed away in 2014 at 22-years-old. As co-creator of the #DisabilitySolidarity praxis, Ki’tay challenged all forms of oppression by mobilizing multiply-marginalized communities including Black/Indigenous, disabled, queer, trans/gendernonconforming, and other communities. President Obama’s White House acknowledged him as a Champion of Change, and Talila Lewis described him as “…the voice of love and justice in institutions and organizations rife with oppression and violence…”
In honor of his incredible life, legacy, and the work he did with and across disability communities, the Crip Camp Impact Campaign team presents: The Crip Camp Adobe Fellowship in Honor of Ki’tay D. Davidson.
To read more about Ki’tay and the work he contributed, please visit:
Who is Eligible?
We will accept 5-6 creatives with disabilities as fellows. We define a creative as someone whose work is to produce or create artistic work. Creatives come from the production world (social media influencers, models, actors, set designers, writers) and post-production world (video effects, sound, colorists, editors, marketing).
We will accept 5-6 community organizers with disabilities as fellows. We define a community organizer as someone who is part of a larger movement and works with peers to create social change. Community organizers are facilitators, campaign strategists, media makers, coalition builders, digital storytellers, and more. It is important to us that community organizer fellows demonstrate a commitment to a collective effort to advance an agenda, rather than working as individual agents or to market their personal brand. Community organizers come from all kinds of movements, we are especially interested in organizers working outside of disability-specific spaces.
We welcome all U.S. & Canada based individuals to apply, especially applicants from Black, First Nations, People of Color, Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming, Intersex, formerly incarcerated, formerly unhoused, poor and low income, and faith communities.
Who Are Fellowship Advisors?
Fellowship advisors include esteemed choreographer Alice Sheppard, media maker Alice Wong, special effects producer Kaitlyn Yang, critically acclaimed actress Natasha Ofili, creative filmmaker and producer Storm Smith, and actress and model Jillian Mercado. Additionally, Crip Camp producers Jim LeBrecht and Nicole Newnham will advise fellows.
Attend and participate in monthly virtual meetings, including:
Monthly cohort meeting
Monthly mentoring session
Initiate a passion project and see it through project conception, building, continuation, maturation stages, making significant work on the project.