Calling all foster youth ages 18-24! Dancers, visual artists, poets, writers, musicians, creators, dreamers, activists, ~ any enthusiastic individual who is willing to try new things!


Program Purpose

Foster Up: Bringing Foster Youth, Artists, Health and Wellness together


Fellowship Recruitment Begins December 11, 2021
Fellowship Application Opens December 2021 – February 2022
Deadline for submission February 28i, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. PST
Panel Review Late February / Early March 2022
Participant Notification March 11, 2022
Fellowship Agreements signed April 11, 2022
Fellowship Period March 2022 – November 2022
Final Report December 12, 2022


  • 8-month residency (Not full-time, schedule will be jointly discussed.)

  • 2 guest artists (mentors) and 2 foster youth (with 1 on 1 mentorship) opportunities are available

  • Student age 18-24: Exposure to other artists in the presence of their mentor

  •  Artists: Individualized program

  • Foster youth from Watts/Willowbrook

  • $2,000 x 2 to foster youth and $4,500 x 2 to each artist residency

  • Focused on providing an enriching experience for MLK, the recipient and HDD.

Program Description

  • In association with Heidi Duckler Dance (HDD) FOSTER UP program:
    • Summary: HDD believes innovation in the youth foster care sphere is critical to the future development and long-term growth of the youth. Exposure to the arts is key to assuring them a strong, successful transition to adulthood and freeing them from the intergenerational cycle of foster care, poverty, and hopelessness. FOSTER UP provides opportunities for foster care youth to develop their cultural literacy, confidence, creativity, and educational goals. The goals of FOSTER UP align perfectly with Dr. Kerry English’s life-long dedication to both foster and abused youth as well as to the arts.
    • Based at the MLK Outpatient Center. Key Contact: Dr. Janet Arnold Clark
  • Learn about Dr. Kerry English

Fellowship Expectations

  • Outcomes:
    •  Recipients work on special HDD arts project at MLK
    •  Learn methodology of HDD, apply theory to practice
    • Learn about Dr. English
    • Public presentation

Artists are selected by Founder/Artistic Director Heidi Duckler

Eligibility Requirements:

Foster Youth ages 18-24 based in Watts/Willowbrook preferred

No experience in the arts necessary but an interest is required

Fellows must be available March 2022 – November 2022

Application Process

Submit a:

1. form

2. biography or resume

3. letter of support (from teacher, judge, mentor or a peer)

4. a personal statement explaining why the applicant is interested and what they hope to gain

Please send as one PDF named “Lastname_Firstname Fellowship.pdf” to

Applicant Finalists will be contacted to schedule a phone/videoconferencing interview
with HDD.

Application Deadline
The application must be submitted online no later than 4 p.m. PST on February 28,
2022. Submissions received after that time will not be accepted.

Fellowship Agreements

Applicants who are approved for funding enter into an agreement with HDD.

Fellowship agreements must be signed and returned within 30 days to initiate

For More Information
HDD welcomes all questions regarding this program. For more information, contact:

 Debra J.T. Padilla, Senior Advisor,

Please check out our website!

Dr. Kerry English

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