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The Dr. Kerry English MLK Jr. Outpatient Center Creative Fellowship was established in 2020 to honor the late doctor’s legacy and dedication to both the arts and foster youth. The program is being underwritten by his widow Olga Garay-English for the first five years and will fund two artists and two students for a six-month residency per year.
HDD will serve as the lead agency for the fellowship and will be in conjunction with HDD’s program FOSTER UP, which 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.