Chris White Community Development Corporation and Delaware Art Museum

Wilmington, Delaware

Teaching Artist and Curator in Residence Request for Proposals

Residency Description

Through a dynamic partnership with the Chris White Community Development Corporation, a teaching artist/curator will engage with the Delaware Art Museum and Chris White Gallery for a one-year residency from September through August. This unique program affords a teaching artist/curator an opportunity to gain on-site experience working within the various communities the Delaware Art Museum and Chris White Gallery serve. Valuable skills in setting curricula, developing partnerships, engaging with artists, and exhibition planning and execution will be supported and gained through an extensive mentorship program with Chris White Gallery Committee Members and staff in the Delaware Art Museum’s Curatorial and Learning & Engagement departments.

The ideal candidate will have an interest in the dual roles this residency supports, extensive interest in and knowledge of community-based creative practices, strong communication and interpersonal skills, respect for diverse communities, a desire for collaboration and continuous learning, and an understanding of the potential for arts and culture to impact social change. Experience in teaching and planning youth art classes and supporting exhibition projects is preferred. The unique abilities the teaching artist/curator brings to this residency will in turn impact the Shipley Artist Lofts residents, the Delaware Art Museum staff, the Chris White Gallery Committee, and the constituents the two organizations support.

Residency Specifics

The residency runs for one full year from September 2018 – August 2019. Selected applicant is required to live in the provided apartment in the Shipley Artist Lofts for the entirety of the residency. All activities not to exceed 40 hours per week.

The teaching artist/curator in residence will be responsible for the following:

  • Developing lesson plans and teaching students/youth for pre-established Museum/school partnerships and community-related programming days. Students will range in age from Kindergarten to 6th grade.
  • Managing Chris White Gallery activities including booked 2018 exhibitions, exhibition development for 2019 calendar year in collaboration with Gallery Committee, installation, programming

Residency support includes the following:

  • $11,532 in teaching fees and living stipend; educational supplies provided
  • $5,000 artist stipend
  • Housing in the Shipley Artist Lofts (, or similar
  • Delaware Art Museum membership and staff ID (provides access to other cultural sites)
  • Solo exhibition in the Chris White Gallery at close of residency year

Application and Selection

Direct all materials to Eliza Jarvis at The deadline to submit is May 1, 2018. Selection will be made by May 31, 2018.

The selected teaching artist/curator will be required to complete the Shipley Artist Lofts Rental Application.   

Complete proposals include:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume with contact information for two professional references
  • Curatorial statement (200 words maximum)
  • Teaching philosophy (200 words maximum)
  • Lesson plan
  • 3 examples of past work with students (photographs and/or work samples)
  • 3 Examples of own work (photographs and/or video)
  • Installation images of past curatorial projects (if applicable)


Please contact Eliza Jarvis, Manager of Youth Learning & Creative Partnerships at the Delaware Art Museum at (302) 351-8522 or if you have further questions regarding the residency or application.

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