Parent and Child Residency


ATTENTION: Artist-Parents

The Residency Project @ 880 is now accepting proposals for our Summer 2019 Parent and Child Residency Program.


WHO SHOULD APPLY: Mid-career and established professional artists with a child between the ages of 6 and 12.

Please note: This program does not accept applicants who are currently enrolled in a degree program (unless at the PhD level). Degree-seeking students are encouraged to check out our Retreat Residency or Fellowship Programs.

RESIDENCY PERIOD: One week between early-June and late-September




The Parent and Child Residency Program provides opportunities for:

  • two student fellows to work alongside professionals in their field of interest (art and education);
  • a professional artist-in-residence to work with the assistance of a dedicated fellow, knowing their child is also engaged;
  • the child-in-residence to engage in *STEAMS-based learning activities with residency staff and a dedicated fellow; and
  • downtime during which the artist-in-residence can bond one-on-one with their child.

* STEAMS = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics, and Sports

See Facilities for more details about the live/work space and available resources.


Because we only accept one parent and one child for each week-long residency period, your schedule and your child’s curriculum are highly customizable.

We offer time and space for you to live and work with the help of a dedicated fellow and with a holistic educational package for your child. Although we don’t expect our artist-in-residence to produce a “final product,” applicants should have a specific project in mind that they plan to work on with some concrete ideas about how they will conduct research and/or make documentable progress.

Included in your program fee is full room and partial board (some meals provided) for you and your child for 6 nights/7 days. Days 1 and 7 are arrival and departure days. Also included is 30 hours of assistance by a qualified fellow, and five 5-hour classes for your child with hands-on instruction and breaks for snacks, lunches, and free play. All course materials for your child are provided. (Find out more about YOUR CHILD'S PROGRAM below.)

We pair you with a student fellow whose skill sets and research interests align with your project! The fellow will be prepared to assist you with your artistic research and professional practice throughout your one-week residency. This is a developmental opportunity for the fellow as much as the fellow is there to provide substantial assistance to your work. You should be willing to talk openly with the fellow about the trajectory of your work and your process, and provide substantive assignments and clear task instructions for them. At the end of the residency period, you will be asked to complete a brief performance evaluation for your fellow, which is for the sole purpose of their professional development.

Again, the week-long program is customizable to your needs! Staff will work with you in advance of your residency to establish a schedule "scaffold" which gives some structure but allows for enough flexibility that you and your fellow can experiment, explore, and evolve your project as needed.


While you and your dedicated fellow are at work, we provide a daily five-hour curriculum for your child, with snacks and lunch provided. The curriculum varies throughout the one-week period and will include both onsite activities and field trips to local cultural institutions and community centers. Classes are lead by our residency staff and our second fellow, a degree-seeking student in art education, youth education, or a related field. The curriculum can be customized in advance to your child’s needs and interests.

Activities include but are not limited to:

        • exploratory art studios
            • sculpture
            • collage
            • digital media
            • photography
            • puppetry
            • performance
        • creative writing workshops
        • science and math labs
        • cooking
        • gardening
        • nature walks
        • movie screenings
        • athletic play
        • free play
        • field trips

Regardless of the activity, there will be a creative component in which your child will develop a new skill, learn about an artist (contemporary or historical), and/or respond to an experience with a creative work.

The cost of all class materials, field trips, and lunches/snacks for your child are covered in your Program Fee unless otherwise noted.


Two resident fellows will be selected once we know more about you and your child’s needs. Student applications are vetted by Residency Staff with those needs in mind.

Our first fellow will be selected to directly assist you in your research and practice and should demonstrate the skill set needed to adequately drive forward the progress on your project. At the same time, the student fellow should receive your mentorship and clear directives about how they can assist your project.

The residency application will ask you to identify what qualifications the fellow should have. The application will also ask you to define the student learning opportunities inherent in your project and their partnership with you.

Our second fellow will be selected to help develop and implement the curriculum for your child and should demonstrate the experience and skills needed. Our lead instructor on staff will serve as the mentor for this fellow.

The fellowship application requires that students include one letter of recommendation (from a professor or employer) and two other professional/academic references. These are weighted heavily in the assessment of a viable fellowship candidate.

Each student will be expected to work approximately 6 hours a day on their fellowship, for a total of 30 hours, which can include prep work, assigned tasks, research, and clean-up.


Applicants are judged by the merits of their project proposal and the strength of their submitted work samples.

Accepted artists will be asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their project goals, as well as their child's needs and interests so that their unique residency program can be designed accordingly.