• I really enjoyed the cave. I liked being a producer. My group made a clock, a frisbee, a hat, and a necklace.

    – Catharine Clamcy
  • I would like to tell you thank you for our economics lesson during the field trip at the museum.

    – Anaya Holmes
  • The most things I liked was the cave and I liked the news studio.
    It made me feel like I was a real adult.

    – Shajuan MacDonald
  • "Unplugged: Coding without Computers" is a wonderful program and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a field trip.

    – Charles City Kindergarten Teacher
  • We loved the blooming butterflies program and Pamela was terrific!

    – Private School PreK Teacher
  • Thank you!! We had a ton of fun!! We had a LOT of great chaperones this year! I think this is the best our kids have been ever! our chaperones were on it! Thank you so much for seeing how great they were! We LOVED the lesson and we can't wait to come back next year!
    – CCPS Kindergarten Teacher
Play Ahead


2019 marks the first year the Children’s Museum (CM) will be hosting a Creative in Residence since 2000. With the relaunch of this program and the help of the selected Creative in Residence the Museum plans to create opportunities for families and young children to observe, learn about and interact with emerging or professional creatives through open studios sessions, workshops, and planned activities.

The Creative in Residence Program is open to all creative minds that work in various media including but not limited to painting, sculpture, installation, clay, textiles, digital media, and new technologies. The creative individual should be passionate about early childhood education and eager to share their skills with museum visitors and staff.

Creative In Residence Application

The main objectives of the Residency are:

  • Introduce young children and their caregivers to the endless possibilities of creating and investigating through open ended projects.
  • Reinforce the museum's mission of learning through play.
  • Reinforce CM’s Art Studio’s objective of fluid open-ended creating and thinking.
  • Make the Creative’s work more accessible and visible to the public’s eye.
  • Introduce the museum to creative avenues for programming such as creating new opportunities that support STEAM programming.

The expectations of the Residency are:

  • To actively participate in the Residency from October 19, 2019 to November 16, 2019.
  • Schedule open studio hours, workshops, and demonstrations at all four museum locations at least once during the residency.
  • Create an engaging open-ended activity that aligns with the Creative’s work and process in which museum guests can actively participate.
  • Create one work of art, an installation or an artifact that will be on permanent display at one of the four CM locations.
  • Participate in all relevant staff training and briefings.
  • Display artwork at all four CM locations. 
  • Participate in an art opening and the grand reveal of the permanent piece to be scheduled at the end of the residency.
  • Work onsite at one of the four museum Art Studios at least once a week for three or more scheduled hours. 
  • Complete a total of 50 hours of program time within regular museum hours during the month-long residency.

What the residency offers the Creative:

  • Access to the open studio during regular museum hours.
  • The opportunity to implement a creative educational program around your interest.
  • The opportunity to showcase your work and to create with museum visitors.
  • A stipend of approximately $2000 during the month-long residency.
  • A materials stipend for supplies, to be agreed upon but not exceed $1000.

Application Submission Instructions

Completed applications must be submitted via email. Work samples must also be submitted electronically, via email through a shareable Dropbox and/or Google Drive link. No paper applications will be accepted. Applicants must be 18 years or older to apply. The deadline for all applications is Friday, August 2, 2019.

Please submit completed C.I.R applications to:

Cameron Booth
Art Exhibits and Programs Coordinator
(804) 474 - 4004

Creative In Residence Application

The Selection Process

Artists will be selected by a panel organized by the Children’s Museum of Richmond. Decisions will be based on proven experience working with children and families, artistic merit, proposed projects or ideas and how they relate to the themes of arts, community, culture, identity, family, and play. The Museum encourages creativity and innovation; however, work must not require dangerous or toxic materials, heavy machinery or major construction. All artists will be notified after the selection process has concluded. The Children’s Museum of Richmond 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.

The Children's Museum at Downtown, Short Pump, Chesterfield, and Fredericksburg Overview 

Our Mission 

We inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.

Our Vision 

The Children’s Museum (CM) will foster a community that recognizes and appreciates that children grow and
learn through play.

Our Values 

We value learning.

Play Ahead Helps Children Get Ahead 

From fundamental concepts to socialization skills, research shows that play has a positive impact on a child’s
academic performance—and the more they engage in play in an environment like the one found at the Children’s
Museum, the more frequently they are to find success inside the classroom.

Our Art Studios 

At the Children’s Museum children and adults learn through play. At all four CM art studios there is no exception
to that rule. Play involves experimenting, pretending, pushing boundaries and thinking abstractly. In our open
ended art studios, children are free to create, invent, and explore by using all the supplies and tools provided. We want children to think deeply about their process by creating and working with their hands to find solutions to their ideas and motivations, not just focus on their product.