Miami Children's Museum Artist in Residence Program
Request for Proposals
Miami Children's Museum Overview
The Miami Children’s Museum (MCM) is a non-profit educational institution dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. The museum offers interactive exhibits, programs and learning materials related to arts, culture, community and communication. Founded in 1985, the Miami Children’s Museum is a valued community resource, which has earned an excellent reputation through promoting a diverse and progressive curriculum. The museum’s educational resources include: 22,000 sq. ft. of exhibits comprising 12 exhibit galleries; classrooms; charter school; artist in residence studio; and 200-seat auditorium. To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.
The artist in residence program is in its eighth year at MCM. The program provides an opportunity for children and families who visit the museum to observe and interact with a professional artist. The artist in residence studio is designed to function as a real artist studio. The program is open to artists working in a variety of media including but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, clay, textiles, illustration, and new media. The artist takes residence in the museum approximately 25 hours a week for 12 weeks. The MCM studio becomes the artist’s workplace. During open studio hours the public is welcome to talk to the artist about what they do and how they make their art. During special drop-in times, the artist will work with visitors on projects decided on by the artist and MCM program staff. Uninterrupted, private studio time is also part of the program to encourage the continuation of the artist’s work. At the conclusion of the residency, the artist will contribute one of the pieces he/ she worked on during the residency to MCM’s permanent collection. The final piece must be completed before the end of the residency. The artist is solely responsible for the creation of their final piece.
What the Residency Offers to You
Access to the studio during the museum’s normal hours of operation (aside from times classes are taking place in the space)
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 in your art form
A stipend of $1500 per month for the duration of the residency.
A $300 materials stipend for supplies.
Applications must include:
Your full name, mailing address, phone, fax, and e-mail address
Artwork must be viewed in digital format, either CD-ROM, and/or URL (please no slides)
Instructions/ requirements for viewing new media must be specified and provided.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL ARTWORK
Resumé (please include programming you have done with children and/or families)
A short text presenting potential project(s) that you would like to do during your residency, ideas about how your work will relate to the themes of the museum (arts, culture, community, and communication) and how the public will be involved in the art process.
Narrative biography (personal information in a short paragraph: experience working with the public- especially children, education, awards, exhibitions and projects, other professional activities, and description of work. 100-200 words maximum)
Completed applications must be submitted electronically or in CD-ROM format. No paper applications please.
The Selection Process
One artist will be selected by a panel organized by MCM. Decisions are based on artistic merit, proven experience working with children and families, and proposed projects or ideas and how they relate to the museum themes of arts, culture, community, 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. MCM reserves the right to interview candidates before making our decision.
The artist chosen must pass a drug and background check.
Address applications to:
Miami Children's Museum
Artist in Residence Program
980 MacArthur Causeway
Miami , FL 33132