Artist in Residence program & STEM exploration / Residencies
Pacific Science Center (PacSci) invites applications from local artists for a six-month residency. The Artist in Residence (AiR) program, launched in July 2018, offers local artists an opportunity to develop, expand, and apply their skills to explore connections between STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics) disciplines.
The mission of PacSci is to ignite curiosity in every child and fuel a passion for discovery, experimentation, and critical thinking in all of us. Our award-winning, interactive programs reach more than 1.1 million people each year – in their communities, classrooms, and on our campus.
While we often use scientific content as the platform for our mission, we recognize that multiple disciplines help us achieve it. For many members of the public, a cross-disciplinary approach not only enhances their experience, but also ignites their curiosity while increasing understanding of the natural connections between art and STEM disciplines. We believe that the processes of STEM and art share many similarities. Both rely on creativity, experimentation, dedication, and technical skills. One discipline may spark an interest in the other; one may help a person understand the other more deeply.
The AiR program provides a unique opportunity for artists to advance their creative practice while growing their skills related to communication, public engagement, and teaching. Throughout the residency, artists deepen their creative practice through STEM exploration, public engagement, and knowledge-sharing.
In addition to receiving support from PacSci staff, artists will have the opportunity to collaborate with scientists from our Science Communication Fellowship program, who are active academic or industry researchers or other science-based professionals in the Puget Sound region.