Together, Sundance Institute and TAAF are launching Sundance Institute | The Asian American Foundation Fellowship and Collab Scholarship to provide Asian American and Pacific Islander storytellers with creative and tactical support to develop their skills and bring their projects to life. The Fellowship and the Scholarship aim to improve AAPI representation in the film, theater, and television industries over the long-term by cultivating AAPI artists and elevating their stories.
Our first cohort of six AAPI Fellowship members will have a year-round learning experience to advance their development in the arts. Each artist will receive a $20,000 unrestricted grant to support their individual projects, as well as customized support from the Institute.
In addition, six emerging AAPI creatives will receive a Sundance Collab scholarship to enroll in a live online course focused on their discipline of choice, receive a Creator+ Sundance Collab membership to access the Master Classes in the video library, participate in exclusive networking and community-building events, and receive feedback from Sundance Collab Advisors on their projects.
The Fellowship and Scholarship are made possible by support from TAAF, through a grant provided by its AAPI Giving Challenge partner Panda Express and The MacArthur Foundation.
“As an American-born company founded by Chinese immigrants, we recognize the value of corporate engagement in philanthropic activities to make strategic investments in our communities. We are particularly passionate about fostering greater cultural understanding and appreciation through the power of storytelling of AAPI communities through education and the arts. We are proud to support TAAF’s program with the Sundance Institute, as it drives necessary resources toward strengthening and empowering AAPI artists to share their distinct voices and further diversify the American entertainment industry.”
—Andrea Cherng, Panda Express Chief Brand Officer
“MacArthur’s aims are centered around leveraging philanthropy as a means to empower underserved communities, and we are proud to be a part of such an effort alongside the Sundance Institute, TAAF, and Panda Express. We look forward to seeing the impact that the Fellowship and Scholarship have on shaping the next generation of AAPI artists in film and media.”
—Kathy Im, MacArthur Foundation, Director of Journalism and Media
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