Michele Schara Residency
The Michele Schara Artist & Designer in Residency Program invites artists and designers to propose projects that engage U-M students and youth in a Detroit school or community setting.
Through the generosity of the Michele Schara and Randy Merhberg family, Schara Residents work with Stamps students and faculty, engage with Detroit students and teachers to integrate art and design into existing curriculums, and provide Detroit youth with new skill sets, experiences, and ways of thinking. Our residency program offers Schara Residencies at the Brightmoor Maker Space during the school year and over the summer, and Schara Residencies in the Classroom at two Detroit schools.
Schara Residencies at the Brightmoor Maker Space provide opportunities for a Detroit based artist or designer to be in residence in the Brightmoor Maker Space for the full academic year of Detroit Community Schools (September - June). The resident will be located in the Brightmoor Maker Space and will be given the space and resources to design, develop, prototype, build, and implement new projects or products in a community context. The resident will be expected to incorporate teaching/leadership opportunities in the form of workshops or assistantships into their practice on average 6-8 hours per week by engaging with students at Detroit Community Schools and U-M undergraduates in the Stamps Detroit Connections: Change by Design course. Includes $6,000 honorarium and $3,000 funding for equipment & supplies.
Schara Summer Residencies at the Brightmoor Maker Spaceis an opportunity to work on an art/design project that engages community, involves community production, and the development of art & design education practice for high school youth. The resident will be located in the Brightmoor Maker Space and will be given the space and resources to design, develop, prototype, build, and implement new projects or products in a community context. The resident will be expected to incorporate teaching/leadership opportunities in the form of workshops or assistantships into their practice approximately for 10 hours per week by engaging with students at Detroit Community Schools who are enrolled in hands-on summer programs. Includes $2,000 honorarium and $1000 funding for equipment and supplies.
Schara Residencies in the Classroom pair artists and designers with classroom teachers to incorporate art/design projects into the school day. Residents can engage with teachers and students from kindergarten through high school to integrate art and design into existing curriculums while exposing youth to new skill sets, experiences, and ways of thinking. Residents will work with partner teachers anywhere from 1 - 3 days per week in 1 or 2 hour sessions and are encouraged to think of this residency as an opportunity to work on a project of their own within a classroom context in a way that benefits both the artist/designer resident and the youth involved. The length of residencies are dependent on projects proposed but can last anywhere from 1 - 4 months. Residencies are available for Fall and Winter semesters at both Detroit Community Schools and Bennett Elementary Schools. Includes $2,000 honorarium and $1,000 for equipment and supplies.
How to Apply
Applicants will submit:
- A detailed project description, including theoretical basis, proposed process, and a timeline
- A proposed budget
- 5-10 examples of past work
- Contact information for three professional references
- A description of the ideal outcome of the residency, and a plan for publicly presenting / exhibiting / disseminating the work.
- Applications are open to all, but Detroit-based artists/designers and University of Michigan alumni are especially encouraged to apply.
- Applicants for the year-long Schara Residency at the Brightmoor Maker Space must be artists/designers based in Detroit.
- Applicants are encouraged to think of this residency as an opportunity to work on a project of their own within one of the Stamps School’s partner schools in a way that benefits both the artist/designer resident and the youth and community involved.
- Candidates should be energetic and committed creative practitioners who are willing and able to share their skills and enthusiasm with U-M students and youth in Detroit.
- Residents are expected to develop and complete a compelling project that engages with both U-M students and Detroit youth. Residents should have a concrete plan for the project and interactions with student groups including a developed project proposal, timeline, budget, and materials list. Stamps School staff and faculty will help chosen residents develop these plans in collaboration with our school partners.
- Residents will have the opportunity to share their work publicly as part of the Stamps School’s programs and courses, and the process will be documented in order to build a collective resource for artists and teachers.
- Experience facilitating projects with youth in a school or community context is helpful but not required.
- Depending on the needs and timelines of particular projects, access to Stamps School facilities and studio spaces may be available.
Application & Selection Process Schedule
A committee of Stamps School faculty and staff review submitted proposals with input from teachers and administrators at partner schools.
- Applications go live – February
- Proposals Due – April 15
- Selection Committee Review (Applicants will receive email notification) – April/May
- Interviews (Skype or in-person) – April/May
- Notification – May
Honorariums and supply budgets differ based on the specific residency awarded. Please see residency descriptions above for more information.