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Visual Art ,
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Dustin Thacker

DuPage Children's Museum Artist in Residence

The Artist-in-Residence program at DuPage Children's Museum is an opportunity for children and families to observe, learn, and interact with a professional artist. The Artist and children will share in a collaborative and open-ended process of creating artwork together.

As a cultural institution and gathering place for all people in our community, we are seeking to diversify our art collection, presentations, and displays to ensure multiple cultures are visible throughout our physical space. Artists will provide continued guidance to the Museum as we ensure that everyone in our entire community is welcomed into and represented in the art experiences we provide.

The Artist-in-Residence program is open to professional artists and makers:

  • Locally based in DuPage County, Chicagoland area, any Illinois resident.

  • Who have experience working with the public and teaching or creating art with early childhood/elementary populations - specifically those age birth to ten years old.

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

The selected artists will:

  • Commit to a total of 66 hours working with DCM’s Art and Maker specialist to create dynamic outdoor programming. Some of this time may include prep work for events, mentoring high-school aged interns, and facilitating programs.

  • Hours also include artist’s collaboration with children and the art-making process, answering guests' questions, and time for the artists to work on the project in view of museum guests.

This unique residency will also advise and participate in. . .

  • Chalk Art event - Event featuring different approaches to chalk art for families to participate in, including slingshot chalk pods, painting with chalk, creating chalk stencils.
  • 10 Chalk Art Pop-ups and Installations (July - September) - a series of pop-up installations throughout the summer with smaller interactive outreach events that celebrate the opening of each installation. Installations will feature stencils created by artists and families at the kick off event and incorporate ways for children and families to interact with them (ex. Imagination hopscotch)

Proposal Requirements:

  • Letter of Interest:

Provide details about why you are interested in working with DuPage Children’s Museum, its site, and community of children and adults.

  • Resume or curriculum vitae (include experience working with children 0-10 and/or families)

  • Artist work samples and proposal images

Accepting questions for clarification on proposals and scope of the Artist-in-Residence Program through April 7.

Send to:

Dustin Thacker

Arts & Maker Specialist

Timeline for proposal acceptance:

Released 3/11/2021

4/7/21: Artist-in-Residence proposals due
4/9/2021: Finalists contacted

7/1/2021: Summer 2021 Quarter artist start date

Pending Grant Approval

The Illinois Arts Council Agency StARTS grant requires a signed contract with an artist to apply for funding. The execution of this residency is reliant upon receiving program funding.

Deadline: 04.06.2021
Name: Dustin Thacker
Address: 301 N Washington
Phone: 7736999349