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ArtsEmerson’s P. Carl awarded prestigious fellowship

P. Carl is co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson.
P. Carl is co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson.Asia Kepka

P. Carl, the co-artistic director of ArtsEmerson, is one of 25 artists and cultural leaders awarded “Art of Change’’ fellowships by the Ford Foundation.

Each of the designated fellows will receive a $50,000 stipend ($75,000 for collaborative teams). They’re expected to create work that explores “questions of freedom and justice,’’ and to present that work in late 2018. The fellowship puts Carl in heady company that includes Mikhail Baryshnikov, Los Angeles Philharmonic music director Gustavo Dudamel, film director Ava DuVernay, playwright Dominique Morisseau, bassist (and Berklee alum) Esperanza Spalding, and writers Sandra Cisneros and Edwidge Danticat.

“I am overwhelmed by this honor, to be included in a group of artists who have so heavily influenced my life and my own creativity,’’ Carl said in a statement. “This is the kind of thing you dream about but don’t really expect. The Ford Foundation is a leader in insisting that art and social justice belong in the same sentence, and to be recognized by them in this way is both a gift and a responsibility.’’


In addition to his post at ArtsEmerson, Carl is a Distinguished Artist in Residence at Emerson College and director of the Emerson-based theater industry platform HowlRound.