Fall 2016 Artist Residency

About the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Creativity is the foundation of all other milestones in educational development. Harnessing creativity at a young age, when brain development and plasticity is at its peak, not only optimizes academic success, but is critical for social-emotional development, critical thinking and problem solving.

At the Bay Area Discovery Museum, we’re transforming the outcomes for children and the implications for society by building in children fundamental creativity skills at an early age that will change the way they learn and the way they contribute to the world.

In our one-of-a-kind location at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge on 7.5 acres of National Park land, the Bay Area Discovery Museum facilitates child-directed, open-ended, inquiry-driven learning through hands-on exhibitions, rich activities and risk- friendly challenges designed to ignite creativity, as well as STEM skills and critical thinking.

Our mission: To ignite and advance creative thinking for all children.

Artists may propose how to best engage with the themes (outlined below), from the type of residency proposed to its duration. There is no minimum duration for a residency; projects may take place at any time throughout the course of the 4 month theme. For example, we would welcome a residency that consisted of a one day community festival or the 4-month construction of an on-site work of art. An example of a previous project is Patrick Dougherty’s willow sculpture, described in detail here


Artists-in-residence projects will be supported by stipends starting at $10,000 up to $30,000 negotiable based on scope of the project.

Thematic Inspiration

Artist Residency Fall 2016 (September – December):

This fall we invite artists to create a cohesive play space using one of our large exhibit halls. We are looking for projects that engage our audience using interactive elements that highlight the intersection of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and creativity. Discovery Hall is usually home to our traveling exhibits and is an expansive space free for your artistic vision to come to life.  Projects must be appropriate and engaging for children ages 0-8 and their families and have enough stand-alone components to remain open without the artist’s presence 6 days a week.

Please see the attached pdf for a floor plan of Discovery Hall which details space measurements.

*Artists must be available to install during our period of closed weeks from September 8 – 23, 2016 and de-install from January 2 – 8, 2017.*


May 10, 2016: Proposals due for residencies

June 3, 2016: Final candidates contacted

August 1, 2016: Artist-in-Residence announced publicly

September 8 – 23, 2016: Installation period

September 24 – December 31: Exhibit hall open to the public

January 2 – 8, 2017: De-installation of artist exhibit

Proposal Requirements

  • All proposals should include a 1-2 page project description, maximum of 5 proposal images and resume or curriculum vitae (please include a link to an online portfolio or select portfolio images not to exceed 5). 
  • Please specify the costs associated with your project. Proposals that do not include a budget estimate will not be considered. 
  • Artists should have experience with or a strong interest in engaging with children ages 0 – 8. 
  • Please detail why you are interested in working with the Bay Area Discovery Museum, its site, and community of children, parents, school groups, and early childhood educators. 
  • Proposals should include descriptions of how your project or idea will engage directly with our daily visitors and school groups. 
  • Proposals selected for further consideration will be asked to submit full portfolios and detailed project budgets.  Note that due to the sensitivity and requirements of working with children, artists selected should expect to be cleared of a background/criminal check. 
  • Please combine all proposal components into one PDF for submission. 

Proposals should be sent to Artistinresidencebadmorg with the subject line: Call for Proposal. 

For the complete call for proposals please see the attached pdf.

Funding for the 2015-2016 Artist-in-Residency has been generously provided by an individual donor to the Museum.

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