Artist-in-Residence Program

artist-in-residence program

Artist-in-Residence at National Children's Museum

We believe in

the power of the arts.

Each year, the Artist-in-Residence program at National Children’s Museum will partner with a Washington, DC-based artist to provide arts programming and opportunities for children and families to explore creative collaboration. These offerings will complement the wonder of the Museum experience, spark creativity and curiosity within young learners, and draw inspiration from the Museum’s STEAM exhibits.

2021 artist-in-residence

meet Tommy Bobo

Tommy is a DC artist who makes art primarily with lights and computers, but also enjoys watercolors, writing, and video. His work is sometimes about people and history, the ineptitude of technology, or the color of the sky on his walk to work. Tommy received a BFA in Expanded Media Art from the University of Kansas in 2006 and his MFA in Studio Art from the Mount Royal School of Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2014. He has taught art and design at American University and the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work has been covered in Sculpture Magazine, Washington City Paper, and The Washington Post. Learn more about Tommy’s work by visiting his website.

sky survey

Be part of an exciting mixed-media installation in the Museum’s Entry Hall!

Our artist-in-residence Tommy has designed a collaborative art experience called “Sky Survey,” which will be on display at the time of the Museum’s grand opening on September 2, 2021. The art installation will combine photos of the sky submitted by Dreamers all over the world and drawings created by Dreamers who visit the Museum in person to showcase the ever-changing beauty of the sky. Learn more about the project and submit your own photo!

on-demand programs

In this video, Tommy Bobo puts a fun twist on traditional sand art with the help of some ants!

In this video, Tommy Bobo uses the engineering concept of welding to make unique chocolate creations.

This project was supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.