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Artist-in-Residence Program

Current: Artist Residency Program at Boston Children’s Museum


Current was Boston Children's Museum's inauguaral artist-in-residence program, a two-year experiment between Art Studio Director Alice Vogler and Boston-based curator Maggie Cavallo of Alter Projects. This program was in inspired by contemporary artists and arts educators. Artists Eve Ewing and Joanna Tam were invited into the Museum to enact for children, families and colleagues, their unique understandings of what it means to teach and learn with art. For 3-4 weeks our featured artist was invited to create work live in a studio space in the Museum in preparation for a site-specific installation and related programming in the Museum Gallery over the course of a two month exhibition. 

Current creates a direct channel between contemporary artists and children through the live studio, the site-specific installation, artist-designed learning experiences and child-oriented video interviews. By creating an immersive and durable installation, the project was meant to inspire and broaden a child’s developing notion of what it means to be an artist. In addition, the program was designed to expand and enhance the role Boston Children’s Museum plays in a broader dialogue on arts teaching and learning. It was our hope that by creating a laboratory for artistic research and exploration, this program could assist in the development of more dynamic and challenging understandings of art education. 

Current was developed in collaboration with Alter Projects, a Boston-based enterprise dedicated to fostering artistic infrastructure through custom arts programming and consultation. 


Previous Artists

2015-16: Let’s Story by Joanna Tam

2016-17 CURRENT Artist-in-Residence: Let’s Story created by Joanna Tam

Joanna Tam whose project Let’s Story will draw stories from children and their families using objects from the Museum’s collection. Tam is a Boston-based visual artist whose interdisciplinary practice examines the development of ethnic and national identities, experiences of displacement and the relationship between objects and storytelling. Her photography, video, performances, installation and drawings have been exhibited nationally and internationally. In addition, Tam is dedicated Educator having taught classes in Time-Based Media at Massachusetts College of Art & Design where she is also the Brant Gallery Coordinator. 

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2015-16: A Map Home by Eve Ewing.

2015-16 - CURRENT Artist-in-Residence: Eve Ewing

Documentation & Information on Eve Ewing/A Map Home:
Eve Ewing is a visual artist, writer, educator, and researcher and was the inaugural CURRENT Artist-in-Residence December 2015-March 2016. Her exhibition “A Map Home” is an immersive installation using swaths of canvas, paint and Sharpie markers to explore themes of place, childhood adventure and exploration, and the ways we connect text and image to make meaning in everyday life.

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