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 brings 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. One artist is commissioned for the residency each year. By engaging with families at seven 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 current as well as underserved visitors, to listen to community partners 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 current and past artist-in-residences below.
David Israel Reynoso, 2021
David Israel Reynoso is a San Diego-based artist and theatre designer. He is a recipient of a San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst Award as well as a 2011 Obie Award for Sleep No More the mysterious, non-linear theatre production in which audiences could touch, smell and even taste. He also founded Optika Moderna, the innovative, immersive theatre company that creates “bold experiences that allow participants to peer through the eyes of another.” Reynoso is participating in the 2021 Mass Creativity program, which will inform his installation, Teatro Piñata, coming to the Museum in November 2021.