New in 2020: Idea StudioVirtual Residency Program

The Fond du Lac Public Library Idea Studio’s Virtual Residency Program is open to makers, artists, musicians, technologists, artisans and inventors. Each month - May, June, July and August - the program invites an individual to create and share their work and help library patrons explore a creative pursuit through the resident’s virtual office hours, workshops and exhibitions.

Idea Studio 2020 Virtual Residency Program

  • Up to four residents selected, one for each month of May, June, July and August (May resident Stacey Burkhart, pictured at right.)
  • Applications accepted until May 18, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.

Each resident receives:

  • Logistical support from Idea Studio staff
  • IF the library is open during your residency: Use of Idea Studio spaces and equipment (most requires training), including noncommercial demonstration kitchen, work tables, 3-D scanner, 3-D printers, sewing machines, serger, button maker, comb binder, Silhouette cutter, recording studio, Carvey CNC cutter, laser cutter, sublimation printer, heat press and printmaking press. (your proposal should not be dependent upon access to this equipment)
  • Options to exhibit work via our online channels or at the library if the library is open during your residency
  • Exhibit work in Langdon Divers Community Gallery October 2020 with other residents (if the gallery cannot be opened to the public at this time, the exhibition would be moved online)
  • Full ownership of all work(s) created during residency program
  • $500 stipend paid upon completion of the residency

Resident contributes:

  • 4 or more hours per week virtual “office hours:” time when the public can see you work and interact with you in some way
  • 2 virtual workshops or in-depth demonstrations during the residency
  • Creative output (project, piece(s), etc.) available for public viewing/access
  • Opportunities for the public to participate (for example, by sharing their own creations)
  • Cooperation with library/Idea Studio for marketing (interviews, photo, video, etc.)

Who is eligible:

  • Anyone over the age of 18 who is able to fulfill the requirements of contribution (above)
  • Professionals and amateurs eligible
  • Not eligible: Employees of FDLPL and members of their households, and members of the Fond du Lac Public Library Board of Directors

Selection process:

  • A jury convened by library management will choose finalists, who will be interviewed by a library panel
  • The panel will make their decisions based on proposed ideas, experience/skill, potential for patron engagement and viability as a virtual/online offering

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