Bekah Pollard ’16, an Art + Design major, has been awarded a 2016 Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship to produce stories for The Indianapolis Star.Bekah Pollard

Pollard and the two other fellows chosen for the fall “will work with IndyStar reporters, editors and photographers to tell stories across different platforms, including digital and print,” the newspaper reported.

The Arts Council of Indianapolis Arts Journalism Fellowship Program awards $2,000 fellowships to three qualified and talented students (undergraduates and post-undergraduates) to research and write engaging articles or create content and videos on artists and arts organizations in music, dance, theatre, literature, media, and/or the visual arts.

The Arts Council administers and helps fund the fellowship program. The Star, which makes all editorial decisions, pays the students per article, as freelance correspondents.

The program is in its second year. The mission is to increase coverage of the people, events, and organizations that contribute to the cultural life of central Indiana while training and supporting the next generation of arts journalists, the paper reported.

Pollard graduated with high honors in Art + Design, English Creative Writing, and Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. Throughout her time at Butler, she worked as a contributor and editor for Butler’s humor magazine Archives, as well as the University’s fine art and literary magazine, Manuscripts.

She has shown her artwork regularly on Butler’s campus and in several galleries throughout Indianapolis in the past few years. She also worked as a contributing editor for the website, and most recently writes arts articles for She is originally from Peoria, Illinois.


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