The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling is always looking for new talents!  We review proposals for performances, programs and exhibitions on an ongoing basis.  Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, we can only contact applicants whose programs match our needs. Please contact Cinzia Meneghello at cmeneghello@sugarhillmuseum.org if you have any questions.


The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling is a contemporary art museum for children rooted in principles of social justice. We strive to strengthen our culturally rich neighborhood with a space where children and their families grow and learn about Sugar Hill, and the world at large, through dialogue with artists, art and storytelling.  Designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye, the Museum opened in October of 2015 as the cultural capstone of the Sugar Hill Project, a multi-use building developed by Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) which includes permanent affordable housing for individuals and families, and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool.  

The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling is always looking for new talents!  We review proposals for performances, programs and exhibitions on an ongoing basis.  Due to the overwhelming number of applications we receive, we can only contact applicants whose programs match our needs. Please contact Cinzia Meneghello at cmeneghello@sugarhillmuseum.org if you have any questions.

The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling is a contemporary art museum for children rooted in principles of social justice. We strive to strengthen our culturally rich neighborhood with a space where children and their families grow and learn about Sugar Hill, and the world at large, through dialogue with artists, art and storytelling.  Designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Adjaye, the Museum opened in October of 2015 as the cultural capstone of the Sugar Hill Project, a multi-use building developed by Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) which includes permanent affordable housing for individuals and families, and the Sugar Hill Museum Preschool.  

We curate programs that aim to provide children with a meaningful, interactive and fun art experience.  Our target audience is three- to eight-year-old children and their families.  Grounded in our curatorial mission to share stories through theater, music, dance and visual art, as well as oral and literary forms, our programs include tales, fables, histories, and myths that genuinely reflect the diverse ethnic and cultural milieu of our surroundings and also leverage the Museum's own art exhibitions to foster richer engagement with, and a deeper understanding of, public art already on view.  

PLEASE NOTE: due to the pandemic and the associated temporary closing of the Museum, we have revised next year’s Artist-in-Residence program to be shorter. Dates, deadlines and terms are subject to change based on the state of emergency in the city.  

Overview and Guidelines 

The Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling is offering a 7-month residency for one visual artist. The selected artist will be granted a non-living studio, a $4,500 honorarium and the possibility of earning additional income by leading workshops with museum patrons. 

Artists will have access to a 450 square-foot studio space where they will be expected to work a minimum of 15 hours per week and present their projects by participating in open studio activities and events.  

For this residency, the Museum is looking to award one visual artist whose artistic practice will resonate with children ages three to eight and their families, and reflect a relationship to the demographics, location and/or history of Sugar Hill. The selected artist should be comfortable interacting with children and families, and entertaining conversations with curious museum visitors about their studio practice.  

A jury composed of arts professionals and Museum staff will use the criteria below to select the finalists.  In late October 2020, selected finalists will demonstrate their practice in live teaching demos with children and meet with the Museum leadership team for a short interview. Notice of advancement throughout the search will be delivered by email by mid-October 2020 (finalists), and in late November 2020 (the winner). Final application status notifications will be sent out to all applicants by December 2020. 

The chosen artist will begin their residency at the Museum in January 2021 and will have use of the Artist-in-Residence Studio until the end of June 2021. The artist will have a culminating exhibition in the Studio from approximately July 2021 through the end of August 2021*.   

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