The Arts as Civic Engagement program is a pilot initiative of the Gephardt Institute. Based on the deep traditions of the arts as a powerful means of community expression, Arts as Civic Engagement will be a platform for students to become fully immersed in arts-based community engagement.

In its inaugural year, the program will support three rising WashU seniors in a Civic and Community Arts Residency at St. Louis region arts organizations to work with civic and community arts engagement projects. Students receive a stipend of $5,000 with the residency beginning this summer. They will work as embedded staff members full-time at their host organizations to participate in the planning stages for a performance, production, or exhibition, created for and with community partnership. Learn about each of our residents below.