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CMA Artist-Educator Residency

Children’s Museum of the Arts (CMA) is pleased to announce the inaugural CMA Artist-Educator Residency, a new residency that invites four individuals each year to design, implement, and reflect on the efficacy of arts education through intensive studio, community-based, and online exposure. Spearheaded by Executive Director Seth Cameron and overseen by Producer Tommy Coleman, this initiative underscores CMA’s renewed focus on arts education by shifting away from the traditional museum model towards an experimental, artist-centered approach.

At CMA, we believe that all children are artists and like their adult counterparts, it’s in the studio that they develop new ways of seeing, experiencing, and responding to the world. Artist-Educators in Residence will be actively involved in co-research, co-inquiry, and co-reflection with children artists for the betterment of arts education at large. Residents will engage in all aspects of the studio and community, as well as in the development and implementation of their respective experimental curriculum.

We will reopen applications for the next cycle in Spring 2022. Sign up for our mailing list for the most up-to-date information!

Meet the 2021-2022 Artist-Educators in Residence

Jacob Hicks

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.”

Ciana Malchione

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.”

Tati Nguyen

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.”

Frank Traynor

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.”


Children’s Museum of the Arts is not a school, a community organization, or even a museum in the traditional sense. Over its 33 year history, it has been a hub of experimentation with different frameworks of arts education, touching upon many established ideological priorities, as well as evolving its own philosophical approach of inspiring children to cherish and develop creativity as a mode of learning and growth. As we reopen our institution, it is imperative that we continue to constitute our identity as a site of perpetual experimentation in arts education — asking over and over again, what and how should arts education be? What is the role of working artists in this endeavor, and how can we support their investigations and practices while simultaneously nurturing the inherent creativity of children?

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