Committee on Black Performing Arts Fellowship


In 1969, a group of students came together to form the Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA) as a cultural resource to Stanford and surrounding communities. CBPA hosted artists, created master classes and workshops, staged productions, and published the Black Arts Quarterly, a literary journal.

**Applications for the 2020-2021 school year NOW CLOSED! **


The Committee on Black Performing Arts (CBPA) started as Stanford's first program dedicated to the arts and racial justice. CBPA preceded and birthed the Institute for Diversity in the Arts.  IDA honors this 50-year legacy and is excited to announce a new fellowship led by CBPA Artistic Director, Amara Tabor-Smith. The CBPA Fellowship Program is a year-long paid program for Black identified, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Indigenous, African and Caribbean undergraduate and graduate students.

In this performance and movement-based fellowship, students will develop their artistic practice rooted in experimental Black performance and ritual spirituality. The program will pair students with a mentor who will provide creative guidance and will push the boundaries of their work; creating an intensive and deeply nourishing experience with an eye toward liberation. Students will meet with their mentor twice a quarter and will meet with their cohort twice a month. The program will culminate with celebration and performance.


Students who are interested in becoming fellows are strongly encouraged to enroll in:
  • DANCE 160A Conjure Art 101: Performances of Ritual, Spirituality and Decolonial Black Feminist Magic (Fall online)
  • IDA's Annual Spring Course: AAAS / CSRE 170A Unlearning Racism, Redefining Identity (Spring online)

The weekly time commitment for this position is 8-10 hours and is a paid opportunity.

 Students are required to attend:

  •  2 meetings a quarter with their mentors
  • 2 meetings a month with the CBPA + IDA fellows cohort
  • CBPA + IDA Artist Talks