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Cultural Worker-in-Residence
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Cultural Worker-in-Residence Program in collaboration with SOUL Summer School
June 15-August 8
San Francisco Bay Area


Applications due Monday, March 24.

Culture is one of our communities' most powerful weapons in the fight for liberation. It can channel anger and despair into collective resistance, raise consciousness and fuel our senses to envision the world we want and the movement we must build. We need cultural workers who are trained and ready to go beyond individual inspiration to be a strategic part of changing the system. We believe that when cultural workers are both skilled in their craft, and versed in the art and science of organizing, they are poised to make strong contributions, inspiring others to action and reflection and building people's power.

The SOUL Summer Cultural Worker-in-Residence Program is an 8-week practical exploration of the intersections of cultural work and community organizing for social justice. Through this residency, you will participate in political education and organizing skills trainings at SOUL alongside Summer Organizing Interns to gain concrete tools and deepen analysis of movement history and our current political, economic and cultural context. You will have the opportunity to practice your cultural work and organizing skills rooted in a collective struggle for justice at an organization that builds power locally through campaigns and base-building.

This program is designed for cultural workers in the visual, performing and literary arts with at least one year of consistent art practice and a demonstrated commitment to the social justice movement. SOUL is dedicated to building the skills of young women, young people of color, working class, and queer people as the next generation of leaders for the social justice movement.

The SOUL Cultural Worker-in-Residence Program is a full-time commitment based in Oakland, CA.

Participants can expect to spend 10 hours a week in political education and skills trainings, and at least 30 hours contributing to local organizing efforts through art practice and engaging in on the ground work at community-based organizations. You will not have time for another job or summer classes. SOUL will provide a need-based stipend—up to $2000—for expenses during the summer.

The application will also ask for you to submit a creative work sample. If you have any questions, please email us at culture@schoolofunityandliberation.org.