2019 NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services - Graphic Narrative Resident Artist

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


coLAB Arts is looking to hire a trained and experienced graphic narrative artist for a nine-month residency in New Brunswick, NJ with local partner advocacy organization, NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services. This individual should have a passion for community and civic engagement and telling local, relevant, and resonant stories.

This is a nine-month part-time position, consisting of 20 hours per week, split between office, studio, 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 Austin Morreale, Director of NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services, a project of Churches Improving Communities.

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In 2019, coLAB Arts will be administering a series of storytelling workshops in Middlesex County Jail. Additionally, coLAB Arts produces creative engagement projects to support criminal justice reform campaigns for New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. coLAB Arts also produces verbatim theater work that forward juvenile justice reform, including Life, Death, Life Again, based on stories of individuals who were incarcerated for murder as juveniles, and sentenced to life without parole. coLAB Arts’ next verbatim theater project, Banished, is based on interviews with individuals who were placed on the sex offender registry as juveniles.


The coLAB Arts Resident Artist will be responsible for the development of a new graphic novel in response to the advocacy work and constituency of NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services as well as being an active participant. The Resident Artist will also participate in existing creative engagement projects and community outreach meetings and events for coLAB Arts. Position responsibilities include:

1.    Participate in regular NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services programming

2.    Create a new Navigator training manual in a sequential art style.

3.    Facilitate and attend outreach and Navigator cultivation and training programs with NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services and New Brunswick’s greater community of residents and stakeholders to build capacity and participation in the organization’s advocacy.

4.    Maintain a weekly online comic blog detailing the activities of the organization and interviews with Navigators and participants.

5.    Participate in and facilitate coLAB Arts’ in-jail storytelling workshops.

6.    Create a final graphic novel or comic serial that responds to the stories of NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services, its staff, volunteer Navigators, and participants.

7.    Support the curation of artist’s work in a gallery event celebrating and sharing the work of the final novel.


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 in sequential art. The ideal candidate will have experience in producing and facilitating the stories of disenfranchised and minority communities.

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.    Have access to a personal computer

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

6.    Be able to work remotely and independently

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

8.    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.


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 ORGANIZATION, NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services

NeighborCorps Re-Entry Services provides free, supportive services that help individuals to transition from Middlesex County Jail back into society and avoid recidivism. Because serving time doesn’t just impact the individual, but also affects families and communities, NeighborCorps works with participants and their network of supportive family members and friends. Teams of trained volunteer Navigators help participants navigate the various pillars of successful re-entry into society: finding gainful employment and housing, pursuing personal development including counseling or drug/alcohol treatment, and regaining the trust of others through communication and accountability.

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.

To submit, applicant should fill out the following form and send resume and cover letter with artist statement to coLAB Arts at info@colab-arts.org. Please write NeighborCorps Resident Artist and your name in the subject line. Only submissions received by January 31, 2019 will be considered.

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