First presented in 1987, the fellowship provides funding to artists across Washington State and is one of Artist Trust’s flagship award programs. Fellowships are based on merit and awarded to practicing professional artists of exceptional talent and ability.
In September 2016, Excelencia Tumi USA – the most expansive Peruvian organization in the U.S. – awarded Rojas-Stewart “Professional of the Year for Washington State” for her accomplishments as a Peruvian in the U.S.
Monica Rojas Stewart holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the UW. She also founded a non-profit organization Movimiento Afrolatino Seattle (MAS) that uses art to educate about the cultural contributions of peoples of African descent in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Born in Lima, Peru, Rojas-Stewart became a National Dance Champion at the age of 17. She has conducted extensive research on the music and dance traditions of the African descent population in Peru as a participant artist since 1985.