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Children’s Museum of the Arts Announces Recipients of Inaugural Artist-Educator Residency

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is pleased to announce the selection of four Artists-in-Residence to participate in the inaugural CMA Artist-Educator Residency Jacob Hicks, Ciana Malchione, Catherine Tati Nguyen, and Frank Traynor. The 2021 residency cycle will provide the selected artists with physical space, time, financial resources, and professional support to work alongside young artists to develop new methods for arts education, while exposing them to the rich cultural community of New York City. 

Over the last six weeks, CMA’s Artist-Educator Selection Committee reviewed an extensive pool of over 65 applications. The cohort — which includes experts in the arts, writing, and children’s education — shares in CMA’s belief that cross-generational collaboration plays a vital role in the revitalization of culture. Meet the Selection Committee below:

    • Brian Belott, Artist and Archivist of the Rhoda Kellogg International Child Art Collection
    • Pablo Helguera, Artist, Writer, and Educator
    • Tomashi Jackson, Artist and Educator
    • Milah Libin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Dizzy Books and Mishou Magazine
    • Michael Rips, Attorney, Author, and former Executive Director of the Art Students League

The selected Artist-Educator Residents will be actively involved in co-research, co-inquiry, and co-reflection with children artists to reimagine arts education. Residents will be overseen by CMA’s newly appointed Producer, Tommy Coleman, who brings experience as an artist and educator at The Cooper Union and Yale University. Residents will have a hand in developing in-person public programs, participate in professional development opportunities, and aid in the production of museum exhibitions. The residents will also have the opportunity to be part of the creative team to write and produce original material for CMA’s digital commons, The Look Make Show — the museum’s newest signature program. Meet the residents below and stay tuned for our fall programming announcements!

Ciana Malchione is an arts educator and aspiring children’s book illustrator.

“I am looking forward to working alongside artists of all ages to tackle some of art’s big questions. I can’t think of a better place to collaborate on projects with and for kids.”

Frank Traynor was born in Miami and has worked as an art teacher, sailor, pumpkin carver, costume maker, and Christmas tree salesman.

“I am hoping to use my time to develop my puppetry work so I can finally leave it all behind and become the puppeteer in the dappled light on the edge of a clearing in the woods that I was born to be.”

Tati Nguyen is a filmmaker, visual artist, and arts educator hailing from Vietnam.

“I am looking forward to participating in a cultural community, to which I can contribute my voice while simultaneously benefitting from personal growth in an exchange of positive inspiration.”

Jacob Hicks is a Brooklyn-based painter, educator, and writer.

“A dream I have for this residency is to create immersive environments and paintings inspired by the archetypal stories children can so readily imagine.”

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