Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

See posts below to find a job or volunteer opportunity in our field.

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Please Note: Justice Arts Coalition does not currently have any paid positions available, but we are always looking for support from volunteers! To complete our volunteer survey, please follow this link. To support our efforts to be able to hire and compensate staff, click here

Researcher and Community Relations Organizer—Curatorial


The Brooklyn Museum is developing a groundbreaking project on mass incarceration that will bring together significant thinkers across broadly-related social, political, and cultural fields as they intersect with social justice reform and the visual arts in the United States. To support all aspects of this project, the Researcher and Community Relations Organizer (R/CRO) will research and realize dual components of an exhibition currently scheduled to open at the Museum in the summer of 2021.

The R/CRO supports the development of the exhibition and related publications through research on the history of mass incarceration in the United States, and works with the Museum’s Special Assistant for Administration and Community Affairs to build relationships with key community stakeholders locally, citywide, statewide, and nationally. Then, the R/CRO will build on that research by developing an advisory council and facilitating related community connections. They will also assist initiatives to support the exhibition, publication(s), and related public programs, and organize convenings to give voice to the most important thinkers in the field.


  • Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred
  • Three to five years of experience organizing and/or developing work around issues of criminal justice reform
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to multitask
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and familiarity with related technologies, including Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel, Google Docs, and social media
  • Outstanding community relations and interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate and work effectively with diverse communities
  • Knowledge of Brooklyn’s neighborhoods and a demonstrable commitment to relationship-building
  • Experience working with art and a knowledge of contemporary art history
  • Ability to think strategically, analyze complex problems, and work collaboratively on creative solutions
  • Strong research skills
  • Ability to work efficiently and independently, be part of a considerate and collaborative team environment, function calmly under pressure, and focus on goals, solutions, and results

Additional qualifications:

  • Individuals who identify as people of color, as LGBTQ+, are multilingual, and/or have immigration or first generation experience, are strongly encouraged to apply


  • At the direction of the exhibition curator and the Director, identify and develop relationships with a wide variety of stakeholders working on issues of mass incarceration and criminal justice reform, including the incarcerated and formerly incarcerated and their families, as well as professionals in the fields of community organizing and public policy, reform advocates, government officials, academic researchers, visual artists and creative influencers, and related leaders in the field
  • Research artists and compile bibliographies of significant research in fields broadly related to the subjects of mass incarceration and the visual arts
  • Work regularly with social justice organizations focused on issues from parole and bail reform to legislation and legal aid; social service and health organizations; schools and universities; and artists, as directed
  • Build awareness of and effectively communicate the project’s developing goals and objectives to stakeholder communities and Museum collaborators
  • Organize convenings and build resources for program and exhibition content
  • Oversee the administrative aspects of the project, including organizing schedules and calendars, assisting with exhibition logistics, and managing interns
  • Build synergies with Project Reset, an arts-based alternative-to-incarceration program being developed by the Museum’s Education Division
  • Support development of the exhibition checklist, including organizing, processing, and drafting information on artists and artworks
  • Help develop the exhibition’s structural components including related advisory committees, public programs, performance events, and publications
  • Represent the Museum and the project at community events
  • Other duties as assigned

Start date: Immediately

Department: Curatorial

Reports to: Sackler Senior Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art

Position Type: Full-time, 18-month appointment

Union Status: Non-union

FLSA Status: Non-exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm; occasional evenings and weekends may be required

Apply online

If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at


Communications Intern

Washington D.C.

The Justice Arts Coalition (JAC), currently in its start-up phase of development, is seeking an Intern based in the Washington, DC area to assist in all areas of online communications, including website maintenance and development, email, and social media, as well as in organizing, advertising, and facilitating local events.

This is an unpaid internship requiring a commitment of 15-20 hours/week. Most responsibilities will be fulfilled remotely and will require the use of a personal computer with internet access.

The ideal candidate will have a deep commitment to JAC’s mission, vision, and values, and should be organized, with strong attention to detail, possess excellent computer skills (including competency using WordPress) and be able to work independently and complete projects quickly without sacrificing quality and accuracy.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Maintaining and updating the Justice Arts Coalition website
  • Maintaining and beautifying our online galleries, which feature work by system-impacted artists
  • Messaging via the JAC social media accounts, email account, and website
  • Responding to email inquiries that come through the website
  • Responding to letters from artists in prison to provide them with information about JAC
  • Assisting in organizing, promoting, and facilitating local events such as exhibitions and convenings
  • Developing and distributing monthly e-newsletters
  • Assisting with fundraising campaigns
  • Helping to facilitate JAC’s pARTner project

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Individuals who have been directly impacted by the criminal justice system are encouraged to apply. 

If interested, please send your resume/CV, cover letter, and two professional or academic references to


Poetry Teaching Artist — Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project


The Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project (PNAP) offers the position of coteaching Poetry Teaching Artist (PTA) in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. The PTA is a unique opportunity to co-teach with poet Tara Betts and develop work with incarcerated writers at Stateville Correctional Center. The ideal candidate will have: extensive experience as a poet or poetry editor; extensive experience teaching poetry and facilitating class discussions and writing workshops; understanding of the histories and context of incarceration; clear ideas of collaborative possibilities; and time and class management skills; and, transportation to and from prison. Candidates should be at least 21 years of age. PTA must be able to get clearance to teach at the prison; must agree to follow all PNAP and Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) rules for visitors and volunteers; and must attend orientations with PNAP prior to the beginning of Fall classes.


Teaching Artist – Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA)

New York

***Please note: At this time we are looking for music, dance and visual arts Teaching Artists only.

Job Summary

RTA uses the transformative power of the arts to help people in prison develop skills to unlock their potential and succeed in the larger community.

RTA seeks diverse teaching artists to deliver transformative arts programs in New York State correctional facilities. Art forms being sought include music, dance, and visual arts. RTA workshops and productions are delivered inside state correctional facilities, therefore we are not able to have workshops involving photography, videography, or computer/internet/research dependent art forms.

RTA teaching artists work closely with the Program Director and are responsible for developing and implementing lesson plans that are experiential and that identify life skills that RTA participants develop through the arts process. Workshops typically last 8, 10 or 12 weeks and are delivered throughout the calendar year. Teaching artists from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Having a car is a big plus!

An ideal RTA teaching artist candidate has experience working in prison or with other marginalized communities. They are flexible, committed, and have strong professionalism and personal boundaries.

Specific Responsibilities: 

  • Create and facilitate transformative arts workshops and productions with incarcerated men and women.
  • Submit weekly reports summarizing relevant issues that arise in the workshop/production.
  • Communicate and follow-up regularly with the Program Director.
  • Demonstrate effective classroom management skills and the ability to maintain a structured, positive learning and creative environment.
  • Represent RTA with professionalism at all times within the correctional facility.

Requirements of Teaching Artist: 

  • BA in Arts and/or Education, BFA or related training preferred.
  • Experience working with incarcerated people or other marginalized communities.
  • Experience in teaching and curriculum design.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team.

Application Instructions: 

  • Send a resume and a detailed outline for a 6-10 lesson residency in one of the art forms listed above that you might teach in a correctional facility. Materials should be sent to Dawn McDonald at


Program Manager for Rehabilitation Through the Arts

Location: Woodbourne, NY

Note: This position is located in Sullivan County, NY. Only applicants who have a car and live in or near Sullivan County should apply.

Rehabilitation Through The Arts (RTA) is a well-established world leader in arts-in-corrections, with dynamic programs in theatre, dance, music, writing and visual arts in five New York State maximum and medium security, men’s and women’s prisons. RTA uses the transformative power of the arts to develop social and cognitive skills that the incarcerated need for a more productive life inside prison and in the community upon release.

We seek a part-time Program Manager to help our growing agency, based on the SUNY Purchase College Campus in Westchester County, NY. This new position will serve as primary liaison between RTA Program Director, other RTA staff, facilitators, prisoner participants and prison administration. The position is currently planned to manage Woodbourne Correctional Facility (WCF) but could expand to other facilities in the area.

Job Responsibilities

  • Attend RTA prison workshops and productions; meet regularly with participants at WCF.
  • Support RTA teaching artists; evaluate their performance and assure that RTA and prison guidelines are followed at WCF.
  • Provide guidance in developing curricula and syllabi for WCF.
  • Administrative duties include: obtaining clearance for teaching artists and supplies, coordinating teaching artist schedules, fielding evaluations at WCF.
  • Support prison productions with play research, propping, costuming and other activities at WCF.
  • Communicate with RTA Program Director and staff on a regular basis to address needs or issues within facilities, teaching artists and prisoner members.
  • Requires bi-weekly meetings at the RTA offices located on the campus of SUNY Purchase.
  • We estimate that the position will require 15-20 hours per week.

Profile of Ideal Candidate

  • Self-motivated with a demonstrated ability to solve problems creatively.
  • Sense of humor, warmth, enthusiasm, self-reflective and flexible.
  • Experience working with marginalized or under-served populations.
  • Experience working on issues at the intersections of race, class, gender and incarceration.
  • Experience as a teaching artist, especially in alternative educational settings.
  • Familiar with – or willing to learn about – theories and practices of Arts-in-Education, Applied Arts, and/or Prison Theater in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Candidate must have a car and be willing to travel and live close to Sullivan County
  • Candidate must be available for regular evening workshops


LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants

LMCC’s Manhattan Arts Grants provide awards to Manhattan-based artists, arts groups, and organizations working across disciplines to connect local communities to rich artistic experiences – on stages, in exhibitions, classrooms, recreation rooms, and public spaces. From these grants, Creative Learning is designed to support and develop the capacity of Manhattan’s teaching artists and small arts organizations to provide in-depth, community-based arts education and enrichment projects and programming to participants of all ages including youth, adults, and/or seniors.

Attached you will find more information about the Manhattan Arts Grants and language to help with any Facebook, Instagram or Tweeter posts. We appreciate your help spreading the word to other teaching artists and your community!

2020 Guidelines and Applications for Creative EngagementCreative Learning, and UMEZ Arts Engagement are now live. The application deadline for all three programs is Tuesday, September 10, 2019 for projects taking place between January 1 – December 31, 2020.

Applicants are encouraged to attend an information session to get an overview of the programs, further understand the grant process, and meet our staff; first-time applicants must attend. The full schedule of sessions and links to RSVP, can be accessed here. This year we will be offering a dedicated Creative Learning information session on Tuesday, August 6, 4PM at The Creative Center at University Settlement.

We will also provide free professional development workshops to help applicants strengthen their proposals. LMCC’s workshop series Fundraising Fundamentals will feature three free evening workshops in August: Grantwriting Basics for Artists, Budgeting 101, and Work Samples Dos and Don’ts. RSVP forms will be live this week and can be accessed here.


Pongo Teen Writing Project Development Director

Posted 2/26/19

Location: Seattle

The Pongo Teen Writing Project is a 23-year-old, award-winning nonprofit that offers therapeutic poetry to youth (and others) who have suffered traumas, such as abuse, neglect, and exposure to violence. We work in the most sensitive institutions and agencies, such as detention centers, homeless shelters, and psychiatric hospitals. Our mission is to help our authors, through personal poetry, to understand their difficult feelings, find their strong voices, and address their life challenges and best hopes. Our goal is to work toward social justice by enabling our authors to address the personal impact of trauma, where trauma is often the product of historical inequities and oppression.

Pongo’s approach is based on its own specific methodology that has proved to be effective, safe, and replicable. We collect data and support pilot studies of our outcomes. Pongo also teaches its method nationally and internationally, as an important aspect of our future service and impact. There are “Pongo-inspired” projects around the country and the world. As an organization, Pongo believes in diversity and strives to be a sensitive and equitable workplace.


Fellowship: Right of Return

Check site for application dates.

Right of Return Co-Chairs Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig and The Soze Agency are proud to announce the second year of the Right of Return USA Fellowship, generously funded by the Open Philanthropy Project. The fellowship program will continue to invest in formerly incarcerated artists, supporting the creation of original works produced in partnership with advocates and organizers to further criminal justice reform efforts. In this second year, we will be awarding a diverse group of six artists a grant of $20,000 each to support a project aimed at reforming our criminal justice system.

The Right of Return project welcomes submissions from formerly incarcerated artists working in all creative disciplines to challenge mass incarceration—including visual, performance, poetry, media, design, and other artistic practices.


Girl Be Heard

Location: Brooklyn, New York

Girl Be Heard is currently looking to fill three part-time positions. Keep an eye on the site for new opportunities.


Fellowship Grant For Previously Incarcerated Artists

Check the website for application dates.

Location: New York

The Soze Agency is offering its first Right of Return USA Fellowship: Supporting Justice Through The Arts, funded by Open Philanthropy. Five formerly incarcerated Artists with diverse backgrounds will be chosen for the fellowship to receive a $10,000 prize plus $10,000 for materials and production to create an original piece that can further criminal justice reform in partnership with advocates and organizers. In addition to receiving financial support for the proposed project, Returning Citizens Fellows will have a group retreat from June 22 – 25th, 2017. The central aims of the retreat are to foster relationships, gain perspective on the problems of mass incarceration and innovative solutions, and develop a deeper knowledge of the campaign for purposes of the fellowship.


Board Member, Artistic Noise


Location: New York

Artistic Noise exists to bring the freedom and power of artistic practice to young people who are incarcerated, on probation, or otherwise involved in the justice system. Through visual arts and entrepreneurship programs in Massachusetts and New York, our participants give voice to their experiences, build community through collaborative projects, and learn valuable life and job skills. Artistic Noise creates safe spaces where court-involved youth can be seen, heard and supported on their path to adulthood. We believe the practice of making art offers opportunities for young people and communities to transform.


Project Admin, Marketing, and Teaching Artist opportunities at the Mural Arts Program

Check the website for new opportunities.

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Mural Arts Philadelphia is a public private partnership dedicated to the belief that art ignites change.

We create art with others to transform places, individuals, communities and institutions. Through this work, we establish new standards of excellence in the practice of public and contemporary art. Our process empowers artists to be change agents, stimulates dialogue about critical issues, and builds bridges of connection and understanding. Our work is created in service of a larger movement that values equity, fairness and progress across all of society. We listen with empathetic ears to understand the aspirations of our partners and participants. And through beautiful collaborative art, we provide people with the inspiration and tools to seize their own future.

Annually, Mural Arts engages more than 25,000 people. This includes more than 2,000 who enroll in ongoing art and muralism workshops offered by our Art Education, Restorative Justice, and Porch Light programs; more than 8,000 who co-create our stunning works of public art; and more than 15,000 who tour our multi-neighborhood collection. Annually, we produce between 80 and 100 temporary and permanent pieces, which together tell an incredible story of Philadelphia’s beauty and resilience.


Volunteers Wanted: The Messages Project


Location: Norfolk, Virginia

The Messages Project is looking for volunteers to assist in filming personalized messages from incarcerated parents, which are then sent home to their children. This is a great opportunity for college students (especially those studying film production, criminal justice, or social work).


Highly Skilled Volunteers Wanted: Think Outside the Cell


Location: NYC

The Think Outside the Cell Foundation is working to end the stigma of incarceration and—through personal development, storytelling and other creative approaches—help the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated and their families to create their own opportunities.


Call for Volunteers: Pongo Teen Writing


Location: Seattle

Pongo volunteers are well trained, and they work in teams under an experienced leader. We have two sites currently, inside juvenile detention and inside the state psychiatric hospital for children.


Volunteers and Facilitators Wanted: The Beat Within


Locations: California, DC, and New Mexico

The Beat Within’s mission is to provide incarcerated youth with consistent opportunity to share their ideas and life experiences in a safe space that encourages literacy, self-expression, some critical thinking skills, and healthy, supportive relationships with adults and their community.


Volunteers Wanted: Internationalist Prison Books Collective

Location: Chapel Hill, NC

We constantly need help filling prisoner book requests. The work is very fulfilling: read a letter from a prisoner, find some books in our library and package them for mailing.

2 thoughts on “Jobs and Volunteer Opportunities

  1. theprisonartscoalition

    Hi Julia, please reach out to me at We will need a signed consent form, which you can find here: Once your son has received and signed it, he can either mail it to me, or send it back to you and you can email me a scanned copy or photo of it. Then, you can email me photos of his artwork, or if he’d rather send his work directly to PAC, that’s an option too. Let’s chat more over email. Thanks so much for visiting the site. I’m sure your support means the world to your son.

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