We're anything but ordinary, and we're looking for extraordinary people. Not because they're perfect, but because they're passionate, creative, and committed to creating a more beautiful and just world.


About us

The Sanctuaries is a diverse arts community with soul. We harness the power of the creative arts to transform two of the most divisive issues of our time — race and religion — into forces for personal growth and social change. Founded in 2013, The Sanctuaries comprises: (i) a Community of more than 140 artists of diverse racial, spiritual, and artistic backgrounds, who gather regularly to build deep relationships and work together on creative projects that benefit the city; (ii) a training program known as the Collective that equips emerging artists to become spiritually-grounded activists on the front lines of grassroots justice campaigns. Through extensive partnerships with local businesses, non-profit organizations, and anchor arts institutions, we provide our artists with major platforms to amplify their voices and model multicultural collaboration. The Sanctuaries has been recognized by media outlets like CBS News and The New York Times for our unique approach to healing social divisions through spirituality, justice, and the arts.

NOW OPEN: Creative Program Fellow

The Creative Program Fellow amplifies the diverse voices of local artists to promote justice.

Join a diverse team of soulful arts activists! The Creative Program Fellow is responsible for magnifying the impact of our artists in three ways: (i) by building strategic partnerships with small businesses, nonprofits, and anchor arts institutions across the city; (ii) by planning visual art exhibits and performing art showcases; (iii) by attending local events to scout new talent.


Organization Name: The Sanctuaries
Location: 1135 Okie St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Job Terms: Paid internship
Compensation: $1200 stipend
Benefits: none
Term: early February through early June
Schedule: 15 hrs / week; combination of on-site and remote work

Duties & Responsibilities

The Creative Program Fellowship lasts four (4) months, during which time the Fellow is expected to:

I. Outreach (25%)

  • Manage a database of past and prospective partners;
  • Field requests from businesses and organizations looking to book our artists;
  • Build new strategic partnerships to support our arts programming.

II. Program Coordination (50%)

  • Organize at least one pop-up visual art exhibit, which includes:
    • Consulting with our leaders to define the theme and purpose;
    • Identifying a site to host the exhibit;
    • Developing a budget and compensation policy with the host site;
    • Coordinating submissions from artists within our community;
    • Creating branding materials to accompany the exhibit;
    • Publicizing the exhibit through social media;
    • Developing and tracking metrics to evaluate the exhibit’s impact.
  • Organize at least one performing arts showcase, which includes:
    • Consulting with our leaders to define the theme and purpose;
    • Identifying a host site for the showcase;
    • Developing a budget and fundraising strategy;
    • Securing sponsorships from at least two local businesses;
    • Working with our leaders to recruit artists and design the line-up;
    • Developing and implementing a publicity strategy;
    • Sending out invitations and managing RSVPs;
    • Developing and tracking metrics to evaluate the event's impact;
    • Coordinating event logistics.
  • Providing logistical support to our artists for small-scale projects and performances.

III. Talent Scouting (25%)

  • Consult with our Arts Team leaders to identify artistic needs;
  • Identify and attend at least two events per month in order to scout new talent;
  • Follow up with prospective artists and connect them to our Arts Teams.


The Creative Program Fellow is required to possess the following:

  • Unapologetic passion for the mission of The Sanctuaries;
  • Demonstrated ability to build partnerships with a variety of stakeholders;
  • Experience in event planning, including a track record of working with vendors;
  • Background in the arts with an interest in arts management and artistic direction;
  • Flexibility and confidence working in a dynamic startup environment;
  • Strong organizational and time-management skills.

The Creative Program Fellow should ideally possess the following as well:

  • Fluency with Salesforce and/or another CRM platform;
  • Familiarity with graphic design;
  • Experience on the leadership team of a growing startup or non-profit organization.

The Sanctuaries seeks to serve and reflect the demographic diversity of Washington, DC; therefore, preference will be given to applicants with a demonstrated commitment to building multicultural community and centering the experiences of people of color.


To Apply

Please submit a cover letter and resume/CV to Lead Organizer, the Rev. Erik Martinez Resly, via email at Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The position will be open until it is filled. No phone calls please.