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.
The main objectives of the Residency are:
The expectations of the Residency are:
What the residency offers the Creative:
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:
Art Exhibits and Programs Coordinator
(804) 474 - 4004
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.
We inspire growth in all children by engaging families in learning through play.
The Children’s Museum (CM) will foster a community that recognizes and appreciates that children grow and
learn through play.
We value learning.
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.
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.