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Designing Creative Futures 2022

Now accepting applications for Designing Creative Futures 2022


Designing Creative Futures is a job training internship program initiated by California Lawyers for the Arts, in partnership with the City of San Diego, for formerly incarcerated San Diego residents who wish to pursue careers in the arts. This four month program offers the unique opportunity for returning residents to work closely with four San Diego 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. 

From January through April of 2022, each participant will be placed with one of the collaborating organizations based on the participants’ interests and the organizations’ needs. Over the span of those four months, participants will have the opportunity to engage and gain mentorship from the organization’s staff in a range of careers -- from teaching artists to technical roles and nonprofit arts administration. Throughout the internship period, participants also will receive support and guidance from an education/career counselor to assist in securing full-time, permanent employment and/or further educational opportunities. Additionally, participants will have access to monthly job readiness, professional development, communication and conflict resolution training provided by California Lawyers for the Arts.

Basic Eligibility

  • Ages 18+ 
  • Reside in the city of San Diego
  • Formerly incarcerated, released within the past three years
  • Interest in the arts* 
  • Ability to commit to four month internship period
  • Documented proof of COVID-19 vaccination
* Participation in Arts in Corrections program preferred

The printable applications may be submitted by mail or email but must be received by November 22nd, 2021. If emailing please send to .

This program is made possible through grants from the Our Town program of the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, and the Art For Justice Fund, a sponsored project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

If you have any questions regarding the Designing Creative Futures program, please contact our Program Manager, Morgan Mandalay at .



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