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RFP: DuPage Children’s Museum Artist-in-Residence Program

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RFP: DuPage Children’s Museum Artist-in-Residence Program


Summer & Fall Quarters of 2018 Winter & Spring Quarters of 2019
February 15, 2018 Closing Date & Time for Proposals: March 30, 2018, 5:00PM CST

About DuPage Children’ s Museum
The mission of DuPage Children’s Museum (DCM) is to ignite the potential of all children to learn through hands-on exploration by integrating art, math, and science. DCM respects all children and their ability to learn and use the power of play as a basis for constructing knowledge. Its vision is to create a world where there is time and a place for all children to reach their full, unique learning potential through hands-on play.

Exhibits and programs are developed using a Constructivist Philosophy. Constructivism places emphasis on the learner rather than the teacher or facilitator. The learner will use her or his environment to gain an understanding of concepts. DCM incorporates constructivism into its exhibits and programs because it results in meaningful interactions that draw on a child’s interest and curiosity.

The Museum serves an average of 300,000 visitors a year from all 50 states with the majority visiting from a seven-county area (DuPage, Cook, Will, Kane, Kendall, McHenry, and DeKalb) in an award-winning institution in Naperville, Illinois.

Artist-in-Residence Program Overview
The Artist-in-Residence program is an opportunity for children and families to observe, learn, and interact with a professional artist. Artist and children will share in a collaborative and open-ended process of creating an artwork together to be publicly displayed in a business, organization, or community location throughout Naperville and DuPage County. This enriching environment and the creative arts experience provide opportunities to further a child’s understanding and appreciation of visual art, help children find the artistic potential in unlikely materials, and engage children in the joy and freedom of self-expression, discovery, and imagination.

Artist-in-Residence Program Goals
● Enhance the role of the Museum as a center of artistic investigation for children, families, and community

● Provide new avenues of art exploration for the Museum’s visitors and members

● Connect young children to the power of art-making and art as an expression of identity, experience, collaboration, and community

Artist-in-Residence Location
Artist-in-Residence working space is located in T he Studio. Layout of work area, up to 150 sq ft, will be determined by project scope.

The Studio offers walk-in hours for DCM’s visitors to explore art through open-ended creative processes that incorporate art, math, and science, and provides opportunities for visitors to participate in collaborative community instillations.

Call for Artists
The Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists:

● Locally based in DuPage County, Chicagoland area, and U.S.A.

● Working in a variety of media including, but not limited to: painting, sculpture, clay, textiles, paint, mixed-media, printmaking, and illustration. Desired qualification: Eco-friendly focus, artist incorporates sustainability practices into process using recycled materials – wood, plastic, paper, metal, loose parts, other.

● Who have experience working with the public and are teaching or creating art with early childhood populations–specifically those age birth to eight years old, using process-based practices.

● Who enjoy working with young children, children experiencing disabilities, and children from diverse cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

● Who have past artwork publicly displayed.

Summary of Artist Commitments
● Be at the Museum a minimum of 10 hours per week for three months; this includes one weekend day.

● Studio hours to include artist’s collaboration with children and the art-making process, answering visitor questions, artist’s personal working time on project where visitors can view project being worked on, and adding to project documentation.

● Contribute to a bi-weekly DCM Artist-in-Residence blog that includes recaps of work-in-progress, photos, and video.

● Collaborate with DCM’s Digital Marketing Coordinator to promote the project and provide tutorials on art-based projects through social media, and further the learning partnership between children and their adult caregivers.

● Share Artist-in-Residence work-in-progress through personal marketing channels, social media, website, and print.

● Participate and/or advise in the installation of the finished artwork at recipient’s location.

● Remain available and or accessible for troubleshooting or repairs (if needed) on finished residency artwork.

● Complete a post-residency survey.

What the Residency Offers You
● Access to the Museum during normal hours of operation

● Up to 150 sq. ft. working space

● Wi-Fi

● $7,000 honorarium, $1000 stipend for supplies

● An opportunity to create a public artwork through the collaborative process working with children.

● Name recognition in Museum’s marketing channels, social media, website blog, print, and on-site signage.

2018-19 Quarters
Summer Quarter* July 1 – September 30, 2018 Fall Quarter October 1 – December 31, 2018

Winter Quarter January 1 – March 31, 2019

Spring Quarter April 1 – June 30, 2019

*The Museum will be closed to public for Annual Maintenance September 3 – 11 .

Proposal Requirements Name: Address: Contact Number: Email: Website/YouTube channel: Artistic Medium: Proposal must include:

● Letter of Interest (one page max). Provide details why you are interested in working with DuPage Children’s Museum, its site, and community of children and adults.

● Resumé or curriculum vitae (include experience working with children 0-8 and/or families)

● A 1-2-page narrative description presenting the idea/concept for
the final artwork. Explanation of what the artist would like to investigate and collaborate on with children, and how your project will engage directly with our daily visitors, in The Studio and Artist-in-Residence blog.

● A one-page outline/overview of time frames, what happens weekly, what is accomplished monthly, etc.

● Work samples or proposal images (maximum 5 hi-res images)

● Images of artist’s work (maximum 5 hi-res images)

● A draft budget for project expenses (not to exceed $1000)

● Copy of General Liability Insurance, limits of $1,000,000 per occurrence with a $2,000,000 general aggregate

● Request to be added as an “Additional Insured” on artist’s general liability policy

Artists whose proposals are selected for further consideration will be asked to submit detailed project budget and be scheduled for an interview.

Residency Preference (Select all that apply)
______ Summer Quarter, July 1 – September 30, 2018 ______ Fall Quarter, October 1 – December 31, 2018

______ Winter Quarter, January 1 – March 31, 2019

______ Spring Quarter, April 1 – June 30, 2019

Application Submission Instructions
Completed applications must be submitted via email. Work samples must also be submitted electronically, via email, Dropbox, and/or Google drive. No paper applications accepted.

Submit completed application by March 30, 2018, 5:00pm to:

Theresa Suchy McGraw Arts Specialist DuPage Children’s Museum 630-637-8000, ext. 3100

The Selection Process Artist will be selected by an Artist-in-Residence Committee organized by DuPage Children’s Museum. Decisions are based on artistic merit, proven experience working with children and families, and proposed project or ideas and how they relate to the themes of art, 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. DuPage Children’s Museum reserves the right to interview candidates and observe instruction before making a decision.

Note: Due to the sensitivity and requirements of working with children, artists selected will need to be cleared of a background/criminal check prior to their residency.

March 30, 2018: Artist-in-Residence proposals due for all Quarters

Timeline for proposal acceptance: April 13, 2018: Finalists contacted April 16-20, 2018: Interviews and teaching demonstrations April 27, 2018: Artists announced July 1, 2018: Summer ‘18 Quarter Artist start date

Contacts for Questions
Accepting questions for clarification on proposals and scope of the Artist-in-Residence Program February 15 – March 16, 2018.

Send to: Thomas Sullivan Director of Education and Programs 630-637-8000, ext 6060

Theresa Suchy McGraw Arts Specialist 630-637-8000, ext 3100

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