Sunblossom Residency Application
Sunblossom Residency is a pilot program in which 6 artists share creative skills with refugee youth resettled in Houston while also sharing education and organizing experience with each other.
Artists of ALL backgrounds, fields, media, practices, and opinions about this project are encouraged to apply. The deadline is January 9th, 2014.
Applications will be reviewed by myself, John Glenn, and the staff at our host organization for scheduling and logistics. Then the kids will vote on which 6 skills that they want to learn and the corresponding artists will be in the residency. All applicants will be notified by January 17th, 2014.
Each artist is scheduled for one evening of sharing their skill and two evenings of attending and supporting other artists' skill shares. Sessions will be on weeknights from 5-7pm. Median student age is 12 and median group size is 30.
The residency will culminate at the end of the semester (May) in an exhibition showing artist and student work side by side and a community dinner.
Artists in Residence agree to:
- attend an onsite orientation that includes a talk by community leader John Glenn, Q&A, and a chance to meet the other artists, kids, and staff at our host site, a nonprofit after school program in the kids' neighborhood
- share a skill (hands on, able to be clearly communicated, sessions are only 2 hours including prep and clean up, can be something that sparked your imagination when you were young, a trick you think is awesome, something central your practice now, etc...)
- attend at least two other artists sessions (and provide support during these)
-participate in collaboratively refining each others' lesson plans (especially scaling for age, skill, and language abilities)
- provide final lesson plan and supply list 2 weeks before scheduled session
- commute together (allows for reflection and discussion)
- be included in documentation of project (in manner collaboratively agreed on by participants)
- loan an exemplary work of the skill they shared for the exhibition
- select corresponding student works for the exhibition
- plan, organize and install the exhibition
- provide support for community dinner (arranging tables, chairs, etc)
- attend exhibition and community dinner
- collaboratively alter/approve the budget
- collaboratively decide what form documentation of the program should take and how it should be done
- participate in an email group and googledoc (to stay updated, share materials, review lesson plans,
coordinate schedules, keep in touch afterwards, and share further resources)
- give honest and direct feedback about experience
Artists receive $700 stipend upon completion of residency. In addition to the stipend, materials and local commute expenses are provided for separately.
Why is this happening?
Kids have more fun:
I've been facilitating art projects with these kids since 2009, so most of them have already done my lessons several times, and I think they'd be excited to learn different things from artists with other skills.
Artists get paid
This the first time I've received funding for this work, so I'm eager to demonstrate the importance of paying artists.
Educators get support:
We get to make a space where educators who innovate, imagine, collaborate, and experiment are encouraged and supported for doing so.
We get a break from going it alone:
Many artists, not formally trained as teachers, nonetheless are free agent educators who work with young students. We have a wealth of knowledge, but could use more of the support, community, and critical dialog of other artists. So here's a series of occasions to share it with each other.
Refugee population gets exposure:
Refugee community leaders have been urging that they want Houston to know that they are here. Hopefully, the projects that result from this experience can amplify the voice of these populations, but more importantly, maybe the exchange of creative skills can make sure they speak for themselves.
We honor the ideas that you freely provide on this application, nothing will be swiped.
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State / Province / Region
Postal / Zip Code
Antigua and Barbuda
Bosnia and Herzegovina
British Indian Ocean Territory
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republic of the Congo
Papua New Guinea
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Sao Tome and Principe
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
United States Minor Outlying Islands
Virgin Islands, British
Virgin Islands, U.S.
Describe the lesson that you would teach and how you came to it. Include set up, instructions, troubleshoots, clean up, resulting projects, and what you hope the students will learn.
As a jumping off point, you can think of something that was really awesome to you when you learned it, or something that is central to your practice now.
Please state your own intended age group and we will help scale the lesson as the ages of students range from 7-17 and they have various levels of English comprehension. There will be an interpreter available, but the skill should able to be shared in a way that is hands on and clearly communicated.
List and describe any supplies needed and the quantity for about 30 students.
Describe any current or past teaching experience that you may have
Describe your art practice/creative background/discipline. Artists statement can go here, or whatever else you'd like us to know about why and how you create
Describe your interest in this experience
You can upload up to 5 supplemental files representing your work. Please describe them in order here
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On which days are you available from 4-8pm for teaching and observation? Teaching hours are actually 5-7, this just allows ample time for transportation.
Select all of the times that you can be available for the orientation meeting.
Saturday 1/25 10am-12pm
Saturday 1/25 12pm-2pm
Saturday 1/25 2pm-4pm
Sunday 1/26 4pm-6pm
Sunday 1/26 12pm-2pm
Sunday 1/26 2pm-4pm
Please let us know any comments/questions/concerns that you might have
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