In the first year of the Lab in 2020, fellows benefitted from the following resources:
1. Participation as Cultural Leaders in the 2020 Annual Meeting in Davos
2. Ongoing access to a dedicated mentor and to the Lab Artistic Director
3. A six-month online Leadership Course
4. Targeted introductions to business leaders, policy makers and media influencers
5. A coordinated social media, media and documentation strategy
6. A $15,000 stipend
The programme in 2020 was divided into 3 modules:
Context: In comparison to other communities with longer histories of social progress, Hopa has less of an archival base to rely on previous generations of people with albinism, having instead to blaze a trail for inclusive representation with limited access or resources.
Fellowship Goal: Hopa will be supported by Angelique and the Lab family in her development as a leader in advocating for more inclusive representation in media to benefit and support all bodies and identities.
Context: Effendi is poised for her work to generate more impact coinciding with the emotional effect of her storytelling; however, she does not yet possess the know-how to connect narrative with action and to call for accountability from targeted audiences.
Fellowship Goal: Effendi will be supported by Platon and the Lab family in her quest to combine powerful storytelling with real-world impact through the creation of multi-stakeholder coalitions.
Context: Kahiu has been thrust into the national spotlight in the debate on creative rights and freedom of expression, however she does not have expertise nor the networks or resources to advocate effectively.
Fellowship Goal: Kahiu will be supported by Jin Xing and the Lab family in navigating the legal landscape and developing the narratives that will empower artists in Kenya and beyond to advocate effectively for their freedom of expression.