Artist Residencies with Nonprofit Organizations in New Brunswick, NJ

coLAB Arts
New Brunswick, NJ 08903

Job Details


coLAB Arts is seeking out experienced socially-engaged artists of any creative practice for two artist residencies in New Brunswick, NJ for September 2020 – June 2021. This individual should have a passion for community and civic engagement and in telling local, relevant, and resonant stories. Each residency is a salaried part-time position, 36 weeks, 20 hours per week. Salary for each residency is set at $20,000.

Applications are available through the coLAB Arts website at Only applications received by Friday, August 7, 2020 will be considered.

Note on COVID-19: This is an in-person position, but will be operating in adherence to physical distancing guidelines as put forth by the State of New Jersey.

Artist Residency 1:

Elijah’s Promise was established in 1989 as the first soup kitchen in New Brunswick, NJ. From our inception, we have been grounded in the belief that “Food Changes Lives.” Over the past three decades, we have evolved into Central New Jersey’s largest anti-hunger and food systems agency. Our programs include emergency feeding, social services, culinary job training, healthy cooking programs, urban agriculture and food entrepreneurship – all leveraging food as a catalyst for positive change, empowerment and holistic wellbeing in our community. | @elijahspromise on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Artist Residency 2:

Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corporation (RCHP-AHC) provides affordable housing, supportive services, and connection to meaningful community to low-income individuals and families in central New Jersey. RCHP-AHC owns 20 properties in seven different municipalities in central NJ that house diverse low-income tenants, including veterans, women aging out of foster care, developmentally disabled adults, homeless youth, chronically homeless individuals, and others with significant life challenges. We also rent an additional 30 units and serve as a temporary intermediary for families – including refugees and asylum seekers – who would otherwise be unable to secure an apartment rental due to poor (or no) credit history, temporary unemployment, or other factors. |@reformedchurchofhighlandpark on Facebook


The coLAB Arts Resident Artist will be responsible for the development of new work in response to and in collaboration with the staff and constituency of the partner organization.


Full project deliverables will be developed alongside the applicant in response to their practice and experience but will include:

  1. Conduct regular oral histories

  2. Facilitate regular monthly public workshops in response to applicant’s practice and experience.

  3. Facilitate and attend regular outreach programs with respective social services team.

  4. Develop and facilitate a final (or series of) creative intervention in collaboration with the coLAB Arts producing team and partner organization in response to the outreach and engagement of the residency, as well as residency goals to be outlined between residency artist and partners.


Regular responsibilities include:

  1. Public documentation on weekly project and engagement work.

  2. Hour tracking and reporting on weekly work deliverables.

  3. Public digital archive development and maintenance of produced oral histories.

  4. Curriculum development and lesson planning for regular monthly workshops.

  5. Weekly meetings and quarterly evaluations with coLAB Arts and partner organization.

  6. Logistics and attendee management for all facilitated workshop and outreach events.

  7. Regular contact with partner organization communications team including sharing of creative content and developing materials based on artist’s work for internal and external communications use.



Competitive applicants should have demonstrated experience and strength in the following areas:

  1. Applicant should have a portfolio of new work, with recent credits indicating continuous production. 

  2. Applicant must have a background in socially-engaged art through either a studio or public art practice.

  3. Applicant should have demonstrated experience with community engagement and community organizing, and will be expected to lead workshops, classes, and outreach events.

  4. Applicant should be able to demonstrate strong writing and communication skills.


Additional Requirements:

  1. BFA or BA degree, MFA and/or MSW preferred

  2. At least 5 years professional experience in socially-engaged creative work

  3. Experience with Microsoft Office and Google Suite

  4. Both organizations serve diverse communities hailing from four continents and multiple languages. Preferred that the candidate be bilingual with English and one of the following languages in written, spoken, and real time translation: Arabic, Dari, Farsi, French, Kinyarwanda, Spanish, Swahili, or Urdu. 

  5. Have access to a personal computer

  6. Be able to work remotely and independently

  7. Applicant is responsible for their own procurement of and logistics for specialized equipment for their personal artistic practice.

coLAB Arts does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship, or authorized alien status, or veteran status.


September 14, 2020 – June 11, 2021