Tulsa Artist Fellowship announces 18 fellowship awards

BY STAFF REPORTS
06/03/2020 02:00 PM
Main Cherokee Phoenix
Traci McClellan Sorell
TULSA – Tulsa Artist Fellowship has announced 18 artists and arts workers with year-long fellowships for 2020-21.

Year-long fellowship seats include a $20,000 stipend alongside fully subsidized living and studio space. Incoming fellows will join second-year Tulsa Artist Fellows and Arts Integration Awardees growing the program to 70 contemporary arts practitioners in residence throughout 2020-21.

One of the 18 recipients is Cherokee Nation citizen and author Traci McClellan Sorell, of Wagoner, and she is relieved to win the fellowship.

“I felt tremendous relief and joy at the same time. Since my family moved back to the Cherokee Nation not quite two years ago, I have been on the road most of that time until the pandemic hit,” she said. “The opportunity to work close to home and spend more time with my family and Cherokee community makes me very happy.”

In 2019, her picture book “We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga” was well-received as well as her follow-up picture book “At The Mountain’s Base.” She is also the co-author of the novel “Indian No More.” She traveled often last year to promote her books and for other book-related events.

“The fellowship will allow me time to write novels which I haven’t been able to dive into yet. So far I’ve had poems, short stories and picture books published. I’m also excited to connect with the other fellows and the Tulsa community,” Sorell added.

Established in 2015 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Artist Fellowship is entering its sixth fellowship cycle and continues “responding dynamically to the critical needs of rigorously practicing artistic professionals.”

“The George Kaiser Family Foundation recognizes the arts as essential. Now more than ever, it is critical to provide artists and arts workers with support to actualize their creative projects in tandem with maintaining stable housing and studio spaces,” said Tulsa Artist Fellowship Executive Director Carolyn Sickles. “Tulsa Artist Fellowship is committed to fostering an equitable environment where a diverse and inclusive community of socially engaged makers have the opportunity to thrive professionally.”

Tulsa Artist Fellows are expected to live, make and intentionally engage with the city of Tulsa and greater Oklahoma area. The fellowship is a civic enhancement initiative of the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

For information, visit www.tulsaartistfellowship.org.

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