Bringing the artist, Museum and community together

How does developing artwork in community settings change us? This is the central question of our Artist Residency, which seeks to bring an artist, the Museum and our community together to create a new immersive installation or studio space that will remain on view at The New Children’s Museum. By engaging with families at several community centers in San Diego through our Mass Creativity program, the artist is inspired to add to his or her initial concept as part of the process of creating a new art installation. The overall goals of the residency are to create experiences that meet the needs of all visitors, to listen to our many creative community collaborators and devise new ways to reach all San Diego families, and to share our unique model with artists and the museum field. The Wonder Sound by Wes Bruce (2016) was the first Museum installation to be created using this residency model. Learn more about our past artist-in-residences below.

past artist-in-residences

Rizzhel Javier, 2018
People and Places

Rizzhel Javier is a San Diego based artist and educator. She graduated college with a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Arts from San Diego State University in 2012. Storytelling is at the core of Rizzhel Javier’s People and Places project. Workshop participants drew self-portraits and shared stories on recorders. These were then made into dolls which the participants could give to “someone they missed.” The final installation in The Community Gallery included opportunities for visitors to record their own stories as well as a playspace with replicas of dozens of the dolls that were created at workshops.

Community Partners

Funding for our Artist Residency program includes