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5 May 2022

Internship Artist in Residence

Civil Rights Corps – Posted by CRCJobs Anywhere

Job Description

Civil Rights Corps is accepting submissions for the 2022-23 Artist in Residence Fellowship.

Each year, a cohort of groundbreaking artists whose talent urgently confronts the subject matter of our civil rights work are chosen as Civil Rights Corps Artists in Residence. Fellowship alumni include artists from a variety of creative platforms including visual arts, music and poetry. The 2022-23 cohort will grant fellowships to up to  three deserving artists who will work independently and collaboratively with CRC experts to humanize the toll our criminal legal system has on communities across the country.  Historically art has been a driving force in shifting the narrative on culture and social change. Civil Rights Corps is committed to elevating the work of emerging artists and telling the stories of those most impacted by inequities and injustices in our current systems.


Civil Rights Corps is an innovative non-profit civil rights law organization based in Washington, D.C. Our groundbreaking litigation and advocacy work has resulted in systemic reforms to legal systems across the country. Our staff has led the way in bringing pioneering challenges to the rise of modern American debtors’ prisons and the American money bail system. We are passionate and dedicated advocates who seek to fight inequality and protect the rights of the most underrepresented, impoverished, and marginalized members of our society.


About the Artist in Residence Fellowship Program 


Our criminal system’s ability to accomplish mass human caging, depends on ignoring and erasing the stories of the human beings on whom we inflict unspeakable suffering. EachArtist in Residence will be given a monetary stipend of $7,500 to assist in producing urgent and vivid works that communicate the humanity of our clients and others in their position. That the works should shed light on the toll that the unjust practices in the criminal system takes on the bodies and minds of the people directly impacted by it and on our communities more broadly.


The language used in police reports, court arguments, and prison budgets enables large-scale indifference; art makes us understand, makes us care, and makes us act.




  • The Artist in Residence will be expected to produce a work or several works dealing specifically with the subject matter of Civil Rights Corps’ work, particularly the organization’s work trying to re-sensitize our legal system and culture to the brutality of human caging and to the systemic injustices in the U.S. criminal legal system.
  • The Artist in Residence will be expected to attend two events over the course of the 12-month fellowship in which the Artist will describe the Artist’s work and its connection to Civil Rights Corps and participate in discussions with Civil Rights Corps staff concerning the organization’s work. The events may occur virtually pending continued COVID-19 social distancing restrictions.
  • The Artist’s work will be featured on the Civil Rights Corps’ website and permanently displayed in the Civil Rights Corps offices.

How to Apply

  • The residence is open to artists who have been directly impacted by the criminal legal system through personal experience or the experience of loved ones.
  • Artists may be based anywhere in the country.
  • Priority will be given to artists who have demonstrated engagement with racial and economic injustice in the U.S. criminal system.
  • Visual Artist Please submit 7-10 high resolution photos of your work, as well as a statement of no more than one page about your interest in the Fellowship.
  • Applicants who wish to apply must draft a statement of interest that is no more than 1 single spaced page in length
  • Poets must submit no more than ten pages of poetry.
  • Applications are due by May 13, 2022 and should be sent to Quinita Ennis:

Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Internship. Salaries: Not Disclosed.

Job expires in 32 days.

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