MAKERS@MUZEO exists to support working artists and activate the Muzeo campus. Our artist in residence program provides professional development and networking opportunities for visiting artists and the Orange County community, with opportunities for our community to be invigorated through an exchange of new ideas and arts practices. Participants in the residency are encouraged to experiment and facilitate exchange across art mediums and explore contemporary issues and challenges faced by our community. MAKERS@MUZEO is designed to address gaps in equity and access by engaging traditionally marginalized communities, including artists at each stage of their career and eliminating financial barriers through stipends.


The purpose of the MAKERS@MUZEO program is to activate art making in a community/participatory/social context to create innovative links between people. The selected artist in residence will work out of the historic Carnegie Library. During the residency, participatory artists create artworks, projects or happenings with local people according to a project plan. 

Residency in 2024:

  • Community residency: 
    • Work onsite for one month in June 2024 (must commit to no less than 2 onsite community days a week). Exhibition of works created will be on display July 20- October 27, 2024.
    • Community: Residency must include a community aspect- i.e., apprenticeships, collaborations. Artists are responsible for working with Muzeo staff on securing community involvement. 
    • Stipend: $1,250, no housing or transportation
    • Supplies: A budget for supplies is required and will either be fully or partially funded by Muzeo
    • Opportunities: 1 residency in the Kabel Gallery and 1 exhibition after the residency in the Turner Gallery
    • Focus: 2024 theme is Regeneration. No restricted mediums.  
    • All participants will create one specific artwork to be gifted to the Muzeo.


Participatory / community / socially engaged art project realized with local people. The selected artist in residency will collaborate with schools, art and culture institutions, and nonprofits, to be determined by the artist. The project can be a research project or be presented in the form of an exhibition / performance / education / workshop / event somewhere inside or outside, on the Muzeo campus during and at the end of the residency period. Virtual programming and components are hosted through Muzeo platforms. 

Studio Information

The residency studio space and exhibition gallery are located in the historic Carnegie Library, built in 1908. Limitations with how the space can be used will be enforced and can be negotiated during selection process- i.e., carpentry or ceramics.

To Apply:

Please send a CV and proposal letter to that includes the following:

  • Project title and explanation of how the projects supports the 2024 theme
  • Anticipated materials and mediums to be used onsite during residency
  • Desired community engagement plan with targeted groups
  • Public or community hands-on components (not required but encouraged)
  • Anticipated finished project and desired outcomes

Submissions must be received by April 28th at midnight. 

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