2019 City of New Brunswick - Resident Photographer

Application information is below. Only submissions received by January 31, 2019 will be considered.

coLAB Arts is looking to hire a trained and experienced photographer for a nine-month residency in New Brunswick, NJ documenting the stories of municipal workers across the city’s government agencies and offices. This individual should have a passion for community and civic engagement and telling local, relevant, and resonant stories.

This is a part-time position, consisting of 20 hours per week, split between office, studio, field work, and outreach work. Salary will be set at $300.00 per week. The position is administered by coLAB Arts, and co-managed by coLAB Arts staff and Keith Jones II, Community Organization Specialist and Liaison to the Mayor.


coLAB Arts, with the City of New Brunswick, is currently organizing the development of two new city murals, and annualized commissioning for four sculptural installation locations in public parks. The City, through the office of Mayor James Cahill, has supported the further proliferation of coLAB Arts’ programming through the city’s public spaces, including installations and regular programming through the Watershed Sculpture Gallery and the Mercado Esperanza. This Resident Artist position is intended to help New Brunswick residents understand its city government organization and operation.

The coLAB Arts Resident Artist will document the stories of municipal workers in New Brunswick across department and agency through interview and photography.The Resident Artist will maintain an online blog, updated weekly with new photos and stories that will culminate in a curated photo exhibition, photo book, and public art installation. The Resident Artist will participate in the city’s community and neighborhood outreach events and administrative functions and meetings where appropriate. The Resident Artist will also participate in existing creative engagement projects and community outreach meetings and events between coLAB Arts and the City of New Brunswick. Position responsibilities include:

1. Post at least one weekly municipal worker story online, inclusive of edited interview and photography.

2. Transcribe and archive every conducted interview.

3. Create and facilitate a 180-minute workshop corollary to the creative work of the residency, at least once per month.

4. Facilitate and attend outreach programs with New Brunswick’s greater community of residents and stakeholders.

5. Curate a public gallery installation of the created photography work with opening event.

6. Design a public art installation that pulls from the series of photographs created through this residency.

7. Curate a photo book to be created and distributed at the culmination of the residency.


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. Applicant must have a background inphotography, photo production, and photo editing. The ideal candidate will have experience in photojournalism and field photography.

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

3. Applicant should have strong writing and communication skills, as a large part of the position will be coordinating creative engagement and advocacy-based programming.

Additional Requirements:

1. BFA or BA degree

2. 3 – 5 years professional experience, or MFA degree

3. Experience with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Social Media management

4. Experience with Adobe Creative Cloud or equivalent

5. Have access to a personal computer and editing software

6. Have access to a personal vehicle and possesses a valid driver’s license

7. Be able to work remotely and independently

8. Should be able to lift and carry 25 lbs.

9. Not required but encouraged that candidate is bilingual in Spanish and English; written, spoken, and real-time translation

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.

To submit, applicant should send resume with three references, artist website (portfolio if available), and cover letter with artist statement to coLAB Arts at info@colab-arts.org. Please write City of NB Resident Artist and your name in the subject line. Only submissions received by January 31, 2019 will be considered.

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coLAB Arts engages artists, social advocates, and communities to create transformative new work. coLAB Arts facilitates creative conversation through innovative programs and artist infrastructure, connects artists with community partners and mentors, and executes productions that challenge perceptions and inspire action.

PARTNER AGENCY, City of New Brunswick

Statement from the Department of Planning, Community, and Economic Development: The City of New Brunswick is committed to enhancing our city’s creative and artistic opportunities and infrastructure. A strong creative culture is necessary to sustain a growing city economy and improve the quality of life for its people. It is our intention to further enhance our creative culture and secure creative access and programming for all of New Brunswick’s neighborhoods.

This position is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.

coLAB Arts is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization. You can visit our website, www.colab-arts.org, and on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @colabarts.