Designing Creative Futures
An arts-focused internship program for formerly incarcerated individuals
“All this time I’ve had all this passion, but I didn’t know how or where to start. This program has really helped me pursue my dream.”
- Felicita, Designing Creative Futures Participant, San Diego
Designing Creative Futures is a paid job training internship program for formerly incarcerated individuals who wish to pursue careers in the arts.
This four month program offers the unique opportunity for returning residents to work closely with arts organizations through paid, part-time internships. Participants will learn a variety of skills associated with careers in the arts and gain mentorship from people who are leaders in their respective fields.
Participants are placed with collaborating organizations based on the participants’ interests and the organizations’ needs. Throughout the internship period, participants will receive consultations with an education and career counselor as well as social services support. Additionally, participants will have access to monthly job readiness, personal and professional development, communication and conflict resolution training provided by California Lawyers for the Arts.
DCF provides internships twice a year starting in February and August.
Applications are accepted on a rolling ongoing basis and will be reviewed in January and July.
Printable applications can be returned via email to: DCF@calawyersforthearts.org
Alma Robinson, CLA's Executive Director, presented a report about this unique program earlier this month at a meeting of the California Rehabilitation Oversight Board (C-ROB). You can read the full report here.
DCF Los Angeles: Toyin Moses, Program Manager, email@example.com
DCF San Diego: Morgan Mandalay, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
DCF Bay Area: Karter Louis, Program Manager, email@example.com
This program is made possible through grants from the Our Town and Locals programs of the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, the County of San Diego, the Conrad Prebys Foundation and the Art For Justice Fund, a sponsored project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors and California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.