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Emerging Artist Fellowship

Professional development training for emerging artists of color. 

So you want to make a career in the arts? You're talented, but do you know how to file taxes, get gigs, build websites, or how to copyright original content you've created?


If you're searching for a creative community, passionate about creating any type of art, unsure how to navigate the industry and need a dedicated and supportive team to help you discover and develop your identity as an artist, then you've come to the right place.


There's a lot an artist needs to know in order to thrive. But don't worry, we've got you covered!

Once you have completed the Emerging Artist-Fellowship track of the Dunamis Life Cycle you will...


Have the skill-sets to be able to confidently and intelligently navigate within the arts community.

Have deep clarity concerning your unique artistic voice and produced your own work.

Have developed strong professional and personal bonds with other creatives in the city.

Use your positions to increase access for other P.O.C artists to succeed.


" I learned how to better represent myself as an artist. I am able to speak on my artistry through my artist's statement and advocate for my abilities via my artist's resume. I have a better grasp on my finances, and a system in place to better my mental health."

— Cohort Member, '18

2023 Emerging Artist Fellows

Jude Torres aka Joseph Jude (he/him) is an actor, singer-songwriter, composer, and multi-instrumentalist. Born in Los Angeles and raised in Boston by Filipino immigrants, he is a proud graduate and former teaching artist of the Boston Public Schools. Jude is the Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) at The Footlight Club who has worked professionally as an actor with the Emerson Umbrella, Company One, ART, Fresh Ink, New Rep, AATAB, Chuang Stage, and the Boston Theater Marathon, and as a composer/singer-songwriter/musician with Company One, the Theater Offensive, the rock band FuzzKill, and as a solo artist. Jude is a graduate of Emmanuel College (BS Biology/Performing Arts with concentrations in Health Sciences and Musical Theatre) and the MGH Institute of Health Professions (MS Speech Language Pathology with a concentration in Voice Disorders), who currently blends his loves of art, science, and helping others as the Clinical Fellow of SLP at the outpatient clinic of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital - Cambridge, where he specializes in Cognition and Voice. Jude is so humbled to be part of this Emerging Artist Cohort, and would like to send love to Jasmine and J., his fellow fellows, his girlfriend Kelly, and his cat, Munchkin di Milo.


Jacquinn Sinclair is an author, journalist and poet. Often, her writing seeks to highlight creatives and organizations whose work is at the intersection of art and activism. Jacquinn’s work has been published in various media outlets, including The Boston Globe,  The Philadelphia Tribune,  DigBoston and on


Tanvi has been singing since she was 8 years old. She has always loved singing with her best friends, and started writing songs as a way to cope with her pandemic anxiety and found that it was a way to express another side of herself. Her songs incorporate her experiences of growing up in South India and the suburbs of Boston, along with mental health, body image, and friendship. She is also a supporter of local music and has emceed for 150+ artists in the Boston area. Tanvi is releasing her debut single “Home” which revolves around the meaning of home and finding herself.


Shelley Polanco is a Dominican photographer born and raised in New York City. Her nature and street photography have been exhibited at Brandeis University and are set to be displayed in Connecticut in 2023. Shelley's photography is about immortalizing moments and her ultimate goal is to capture BIPOC experiences to strengthen the future visual legacy of people of color. Shelley is honored to be a 2023 Emerging Artist Fellow with Dunamis Boston! She is so excited to connect with a passionate creative community and grow alongside the other Fellows.

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­Susanna Turner (she/her) was born in Bogota, Colombia. Along with her adoptive mother, an international school principal from Newton, MA, Susanna has lived in six different countries: Colombia, Argentina, India, Pakistan, USA & Venezuela. She is passionate about telling stories about being an adoptee, growing up internationally, and being a Third Culture Kid. She is a visual artist, storyteller, and actor represented by BMG Talent (Chicago). Susanna looks forward to continuing to develop herself as an artist and is excited to be part of the Dunamis community!

Life Cycle Next Steps: Consultations, Y.A.M.S

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