Arts for Social Justice

Mission: To make the arts accessible and advance education through high-quality, diverse and affordable performances and programs for all audiences at the jersey shore. To foster appreciation of the arts and promote lifelong learning, particularly among the underserved audiences such as the economically disadvantaged, elderly and disabled.

Website: http://www.algonquinarts.com/

Volunteer form/page: http://www.algonquinarts.org/volunteer.php
Email:  volunteers@algonquinarts.org
Phone: 732-800-1905    

What volunteers do: Help with ushering, concession sales, box office, flyer and poster distributions, mailings, special events and more.

Region: Jersey Shore

Mission: At the All Stars Project, we champion After-school Development. We believe after-school is the best way to bring young people growing up in poor communities into the mainstream. In All Stars programs, people learn new performances onstage and off. They try new things, become more worldly and begin to create new possibilities for themselves and their communities.

Website:  https://allstars.org/locations/new-jersey/

Volunteer form/page: https://allstars.org/all-stars-talented-volunteers/

Phone: (212) 941-9400

What volunteers do:

In Newark, volunteers work on the All Stars Talent Show Network (ASTSN), which involves young people, ages 5 to 25 in performing and producing hip-hop talent shows in their neighborhoods. Everyone at all levels of talent is included and everyone who auditions makes the show. Volunteers may also work in the Development School for Youth (DSY), where young people ages 16 to 21 learn to perform as professionals, and they partner with business leaders across the country who conduct development workshops and provide paid summer internships at their companies.

Region: Newark, Essex County  

Mission: Appel Farm provides opportunities for arts education, arts appreciation and creative expression to artists, students and the public through local, regional, national and international programs that build on the principles that art transforms people’s lives and plays a crucial role in developing one’s learning skills, personal growth, and sense of community and responsibility.

Website: http://www.appelfarm.org/

Volunteer Page: http://www.appelfarm.org/get-involved/volunteer/
Volunteer form: http://www.appelfarm.org/general-volunteer-form/

Email: volunteer@appelfarm.org
Phone: (856) 358-2472 ext. 111

What volunteers do:

  • At the facility: gardening, design, paint, building projects.
  • Art activities at various festivals and fairs.

Region: South Jersey

Mission: The organization currently serves youth (age five and up), adults and senior citizens with mental illness, developmental, and physical disabilities. Arts Unbound programs reach up to 200 individuals monthly in our studios or at various off-site locations in Essex, Union and Morris counties, including public and special schools, senior centers and agencies serving people with disabilities and at-risk youth. We have a robust senior program to provide recreational art activities, art instruction and retail opportunities through classes at senior centers. Our ultimate goal is to provide opportunities for interested people with disabilities statewide.

Website: http://www.artsunbound.org

Volunteer page: http://www.artsunbound.org/get-involved
Email: info@artsunbound.org
Phone: Call Margaret at 973-675-2787

What volunteers do:

  • Be a volunteer sales associate in our Showcase in Maplewood.
  • Assist with exhibits and other events.
  • Solicit in-kind donations of supplies.
  • Host a party in your home to sell art or recruit volunteers and donors.
  • Interview our artists and learn about their work.
  • Prepare kits and projects for later use in the classroom.
  • Research grant prospects and other funding sources.
  • Data entry.
  • Stuff envelopes, prepare mailings.
  • Inventory our supplies and art.

Region: Orange and Maplewood, Essex County

Mission: ArtWorks provides children and young adults facing chronic and life-limiting illnesses, and their families, access to creative and performing arts programs that serve as a vehicle for healing, communication, self-expression and personal development. ArtWorks seeks to empower, validate, and honor these children by offering them the hands-on experience and materials with which to create, as well as the opportunity to publicly share their artistic accomplishments.

Website: https://artworksfoundation.org/

Volunteer form/page: https://artworksfoundation.org/contact-us/
Email: info@artworksfoundation.org
Phone: 201-609-0146    

What volunteers do:

  • Helping in events, programs
  • Day-to-day administrative duties.

Region: Statewide 

Mission:  HomeFront’s mission is to end homelessness in Central New Jersey and break the cycle of poverty: we provide emergency shelter, transitional housing and permanent service-enriched housing,  homelessness prevention services (including back rent & utility assistance), emergency food, free clothing and household goods at our FreeStore, affordable housing searches, job placement and readiness skills, and Special programming for children.

Website:  http://www.homefrontnj.org/

Volunteer Page: http://www.homefrontnj.org/volunteering/
Volunteer form: http://www.homefrontnj.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/HomeFront-Individual-Opportunities-Calendar.pdf
Email:  MeghanC@homefrontnj.org
Phone:  609-989-9417 x 133

What volunteers do:

  • Art Space: Encourage our clients to express themselves through painting, drawing and poetry.
  • Adult Programs:  teaching a life skill: budgeting, fitness, nutrition and more..
  • Childcare
  • Summer Camp

FYI: All Volunteers must be 16 or older.

Region: Mercer County

Mission: We are a rapid response creative production team, made up of comedy writers, comedians and activists, on call 24/7 to make videos, artistic memes and create national actions that respond instantly to the breaking news surrounding reproductive rights issues. We will within minutes, or hours, blast the perpetrators dispensing damaging information about abortion, crisis pregnancy centers, birth control as well as taking down those who shame and stigmatize women for wanting, having and demanding safe and healthy sex lives on their own terms. At Lady Parts Justice League, we vigilantly drop information about what’s at stake for reproductive access into pop culture spaces, AND we bring all the fun of pop culture back to reproductive health spaces to boost morale and provide aid and comfort. A crucial part of our mission is to support and raise awareness about independent abortion providers – clinics that bear the brunt of anti-abortion legislation and harassment.

Website: http://ladypartsjusticeleague.com/

Volunteer form/page: http://ladypartsjusticeleague.com/clinic-outreach/
Email: info@ladypartsjusticeleague.com

What volunteers do:

  • several times a year, the League performs comedy shows in a USO format to bring love to women’s health clinics and their communities; volunteers spend those days supporting a local abortion provider as clinic escorts, bringing treats and cards, offering support wherever needed
  • organize evening events
  • host parties
  • help fundraise
  • perform shows in community places to raise awareness about reproductive health while building relationships between clinics, advocates, and communities

Region: Statewide

Mission: PEN America stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect open expression in the United States and worldwide. We champion the freedom to write, recognizing the power of the word to transform the world.  Our mission is to unite writers and their allies to celebrate creative expression and defend the liberties that make it possible. The Prison Writing Program sponsors an annual writing contest, publishes a free handbook for prisoners, and provides one-on-one mentoring to inmates.

Website: https://pen.org/

Volunteer page: https://pen.org/mentoring-program/
Email: penmentor@gmail.com
Phone: 212-334-1660 ext. 117

What volunteers do: mentor prison writers through mail correspondence, provide careful criticism, tips on craft, and guidance in the fundamentals of grammar. Minimum of three exchanges between mentor and writer.

Region: Statewide