We are not currently accepting applications for our Artist-in-Residence Program.
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2018 marks the third year of the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Children’s Museum. This program provides an opportunity for children and families who visit the Museum to observe and interact with professional artists and, through special events and custom workshops, affords opportunities for engagement to low-income school groups. Additionally, awarded artists create and curate a custom piece for the Museum.
The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to professional artists working in a variety of media including, but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, photography, clay, textiles, illustration and digital media. The goals of the Artist-in-Residence Program are to:
- Enhance the role of the Museum as a center of cultural and artistic investigation for families and children
- Make emerging artists’ work more accessible to the public
- Provide new avenues of art exploration for guests of the Museum
- Connect young children to the power of art-making and art as an expression of identity, experience and community
Summary of artist commitments:
- Participate in an initial 4 hour training and orientation with the Children’s Museum to meet the staff and gain an understanding of the Museum’s pedagogy, programs and facility.
- Participate in an additional one-hour best practice training of inclusive education and developmentally appropriate language, in preparation for working with diverse children ages newborn through age 8 and their families.
- Participate in a closing reception to celebrate the residency, to be scheduled at a mutually agreed upon time.
- Work onsite in the Museum’s artist-in-residence studio at least once a week for 2 – 4 scheduled hours, and allow children and families to interact with the art-making process.
- Co-facilitate a minimum of 1 fee-based family workshop with Museum staff.
- Option to co-facilitate extended public programming sessions with Museum staff, to be mutually agreed upon.
- Co-facilitate 1 – 3 workshops with students (K-2), delivering instruction and art-making experiences.
- Create a piece of art or other artifact or product exhibition that will remain part of the growing community art collection at the Museum.
- Remain available and or accessible for trouble-shooting and repairs (if needed) while the piece created for the Museum is on display.
What residency offers you:
- Access to the studio during the Museum’s normal hours of operation, when available.
- An opportunity to create a program unique to you.
- Opportunities to showcase your artwork and methods to Museum visitors.
- Drop-in studio time where children and families can work one-on-one with you and your art form.
- A monthly stipend of approximately $1,000 per month for the duration of the residency, to be mutually agreed upon.
- A materials stipend for supplies, to be agreed upon but not to exceed $1,000.
Applications must include:
- Completed application form
- Letter of interest. Please detail why you are interested in working with the Children’s Museum, community children, parents, school groups and early childhood educators.
- Resume or curriculum vitae. Please include experience you have working with children newborn – age 5 and/or families.
- A one-page narrative presenting the idea/concept for your leave-behind piece. How your project will support the themes of arts, culture, community, family, identity or communication, and how your project will engage directly with our daily visitors and school groups.
- A one-page narrative of potential topics for classes/programs to be taught to Museum guests and/or school groups.
- Work samples or proposal images (maximum 5 hi-res images)
- A draft budget for project expenses (not to exceed $1,000).
Proposals selected for further consideration will be asked to submit full portfolios and detailed project budgets.
Completed applications must be submitted via email. Work samples must also be submitted electronically, via email, Dropbox and/or Google drive. No paper applications, please.
Please submit completed applications by 5 pm on August 1, 2017 to:
Art Studio Coordinator
Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus
The Selection Process
Artists will be selected by a panel organized by the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus. Decisions are based on artistic merit, proven experience working with children and families, and proposed projects or ideas and how they relate to the themes of arts, culture, community, identity, family and communication. The Museum encourages creativity; however, work must not require heavy machinery or major construction. All artists will be notified after the selection process is complete. The Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus reserves the right to interview candidates and observe instruction before making a decision.
Please note: Due to the sensitivity and requirements of working with children, artists must clear a background/criminal check prior to their residency acceptance.
Questions or want to apply? Email SalimK@cmdenver.org.