A Social Practice Artwork and Workshop Residency for Parent-Artists
Invitation to Apply
July 16, 2018
Deadline is midnight, August 1, 2018
BEING HUMAN is an experimental, collaborative project between the Art Center, artist Jill Miller, and 10 San Francisco Bay Area artists who are also parents. Participants will use their parenting struggles and challenges as a catalyst for producing art. They will meet once each week for eight weeks, and each week’s activities will be inspired by one of Erik Erikson’s Eight Stages of Psychosocial Development. Followed consecutively, these stages trace the complete life span of a human being.
This workshop residency and social practice artwork will take place at the Palo Alto Art Center and is organized in conjunction with the exhibition Care and Feeding: The Art of Parenthood (September 15 – December 30, 2018).
Eight weekend days (schedule to be determined by participants) beginning September 8/9, 2018.
For our third group meeting, we will touch on the conflict between a child’s desire for autonomy and a parent’s need for safety. Participants will bring in an object or a photo of something they’ve had to confiscate from their child due to safety concerns (anything from choking hazards to mobile phones, depending on the child’s age). We will spend a moment sharing stories about the objects we’ve acquired, and then we will remake them out of “safe” materials: felt, batting, fabrics, etc. The objects that incited curiosity in children and induced anxiety in parents will be given new life as a work of art, a middle ground for parents and children to discover compromise and humor.
Additionally, there will be frequent discussions about the impact of parenthood on one’s art practice, and how extra space is needed for “failures” as we learn to navigate both worlds simultaneously. “Being Human” is a reminder that we are not perfect and that is okay.
The Art Center has a long history of conducting successful artist residency programs, and views this program as an opportunity to meet the expressed needs of parent-artists working in our community and to deepen and sustain our engagement with regional artists and their families.
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Artists will each receive a stipend for child care of approximately $800. Refreshments will also be provided.
Sessions will last 3 hours, the first two being devoted to the week’s activities/challenges/artmaking and the third being a time for the group to be together socially. Only very minor actions will need to be made outside of class, such as choosing an object to bring to the next class as described above.
At the end of the 8 weeks there will be a culminating exhibition which will include any materials/artworks which have accumulated over the course of the project.
A blog documenting this project will exist and will be linked to the Art Center’s website as well as shared on social media.
Empower artists with children to develop and showcase new work.
Enable artists to interact with their peers and participate in a vibrant community of practice.
Build a community of parent-artists who can share and create together, thereby combating the isolation that so often accompanies being a parent-artist.
Provide visibility by showcasing an exhibition of work made by residents at the conclusion of the residency program.