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Announcing the 2022-2023 Cycle of Children’s Museum of the Arts’ Residency for Experimental Arts Education

We are delighted to announce that applications for Children’s Museum of the Arts’ 2022-23 Residency for Experimental Arts Education will open on Monday, June 6, 2022. Built out of CMA’s 34 years of service to the community, the residency invites individuals to design, implement, and reflect on the efficacy of arts education through intensive studio, community-based, and online exposure.

The residency runs from September 1, 2022 to September 1, 2023. Each artist will receive an annual salary of $50,000 plus benefits, and is expected to fulfill a 40 hour/week schedule, inclusive of independent studio time. The residency is designed to give artists the resources they need to catalyze a systemic change of traditional approaches within children’s arts education. Residents will participate in a weekly seminar during the year in order to collaboratively research, question and reimagine arts education. Residents will operate on a trimester schedule and will be responsible for designing online courses and in-person programming.

Spearheaded by CMA Executive Director Seth Cameron, this initiative underscores the museum’s renewed focus on enhancing arts education by shifting away from the traditional museum model and towards an experimental, artist-centered approach.

In the past year, CMA’s Residents spearheaded the creation of the The Look Make Show, the first digital commons specifically designed for child-artist-centered learning. Residents planned the LMS curriculum and created interactive video content. Residents also organized unique art-making activities for a variety of CMA’s fun public events, including the museum’s hit Halloween block party in collaboration with the iconic Village Halloween Parade.

CMA continually partners with community-based organizations to provide an integrated focus on arts education. Residents will participate in artistic and educational professional development, and partner with various NYC institutions to create public engagement opportunities throughout the city. Previous partners include arts organizations and social justice enterprises such as the NYC Dept of Education, New York Public Library, Time Square Arts, Hellosaurus, INCLUDEnyc, New Art Dealers Alliance, David Zwirner Gallery, The Official Village Halloween Parade, the High Line, and more.

CMA organizes a panel of established jurors that represent established individuals in the arts with a diverse array of skills and backgrounds to review submissions and ultimately select our annual class of AERs. Examples of previous jurors include Brian Belott, Artist and Archivist of the Rhoda Kellogg Collection; Pablo Helguera, Artist, Writer, and Educator; Tomashi Jackson, Artist, and Educator; Milah Libin, Artist, and Publisher; Michael Rips, Attorney and Executive Director of The Art Students League.

Jurors select finalists and CMA organizes an interview phase and bases its final assessment, not on individual accomplishment, but rather on the best combinations of residents to challenge and support each other’s practice. Final selection is announced July 29, 2022.

For more information on how to apply, visit

CMA’s Residency for Experimental Arts Education
is generously supported by
The William Talbott Hillman Foundation

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