Herrera returned to KOSU in April 2020 to report on Indigenous Affairs in Oklahoma. Prior to that, she worked as a reporter for PRI's The World, as the climate and environment editor for Colorado Public Radio and as a freelance reporter for High Country News’ Indigenous Affairs desk. Herrera previously worked with KOSU in 2015 and 2016 on the Localore project Invisible Nations.
The year-long fellowship seats include a $20,000 stipend, alongside fully subsidized living and studio space. In total, the program will have 70 contemporary arts practitioners in residence throughout 2020-2021.
The 2020-21 fellows also include four Oklahomans:
- Kyle Bell, a filmmaker from Tulsa
- Arthur Malcolm Dixon, a translator from Tulsa
- Phetote Mshairi, a multidisciplinary artist from Tulsa
- Traci Sorell, a writer from Wagoner
Bell was recently selected by the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative to be mentored by cinema legend Spike Lee and plans to spend his Fellowship continuing to film and capture the voices of Native people in and around Oklahoma.
The new fellows were selected from a pool of more than 1,200 applicants representing 48 states by a nationwide panel of arts professionals.
Established in 2015 by the George Kaiser Family Foundation, Tulsa Artist Fellowship addresses some of the most pressing challenges in artistic communities, including financial stability, durational housing, quality studio space and multi-disciplinary platforms for presentation.
Here's a full list of incoming 2020-2021 Tulsa Artist Fellows: Francheska Alcántara (Interdisciplinary, Bronx, NY); Carl Antonowicz (Graphic Novelist/Performer, Pittsburgh, PA); Andy Arkley (Installation & Sculpture, Seattle, WA); Kyle Bell (Filmmaker, Tulsa, OK); Jennifer Hope Choi (Nonfiction Writer, Brooklyn, NY), Arthur Malcolm Dixon (Translator, Tulsa, OK); Jonathan Durham (Multidisciplinary, Brooklyn, NY), Addoley Dzegede (Interdisciplinary, Portland, OR); Marlon F. Hall (Multidisciplinary, Houston, TX); Shelby Head (Interdisciplinary, Madison, CT); Allison Herrera (Journalist, Minneapolis, MN); Miatta Kawinzi (Multidisciplinary, Brooklyn, NY); Kite (Multidisciplinary, Los Angeles, CA), Kara Lynch (Interdisciplinary Time-Based Artist, Bronx, NY); Phetote Mshairi (Multidisciplinary, Tulsa, OK); Sarah Perry (Non-Fiction Writer, Brooklyn, NY); Elspeth Schulze (Multidisciplinary, Boulder, CO), Traci Sorell (Writer, Wagoner, OK)