Headlands Center for the Arts

Threshold Fellowship

The Threshold Fellowship brings together cohorts of experts—artists and non-artists—from across sectors to investigate critical social issues. Launching in 2021 with an inaugural cohort of three practitioners, the program builds on early successes of the Thematic Residency program, and facilitates intensive research and exploration of topics such as climate equity, environmental racism, and the future of palliative care and psychedelic drug research. The Fellowship supports longitudinal collaborations and partnerships across fields and expertise, with a special focus on the power of creative processes to produce the knowledge and systems necessary to confront our society’s most pressing concerns.

Threshold Fellows each receive a $10,000 annual stipend and access to further resources, such as onsite facilities, Headlands retreats, and funds for project development, fabrication, or travel. Each Fellowship is expected to include one onsite Headlands residency per Fellowship year, engagement with Headlands artists and the public, and work towards defined outcomes and/or projects.

Program Goals

  • Bring together artists and non-artists to address critical social issues
  • Highlight the power and efficacy of artists’ methods and processes to confront problems and imagine a more equitable future
  • Break down barriers between fields while respecting and leveraging the value of expert knowledge and experience
  • Iterate working methods that embed creative processes as fundamental approaches to work

Application and Fellowship Period

Threshold Fellowship applications are accepted by invitation only. 

Program Details

  • 1-3 years
  • A list of Headlands resources available will be given to potential Threshold Fellows
  • The Fellowship will initially serve three Fellows per cohort
  • Fellows will be required to present work and progress to the public at key phases, by mutual agreement
  • Fellowships will occur in phases with an initial visioning and design phase, a mid-point check-in, and an annual review

Eligibility and Selection

Threshold Fellowships are designed in collaboration between Headlands and issue experts. All Fellowships must include at least 30% artists in their cohort.

Invited Fellows are identified through assessing the needs and goals of each Fellowship issue as identified and defined through issue experts and Headlands.