• Dabbler in Residence

    Come join us!

    Panoramic view of library's Dabble Box makerspace.

The L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library’s Dabble Box invites artists/makers/hobbyists to consider participating in late summer “Dabbler in Residence” August 3–August 29.

The Dabble Box makerspace is a “do-it-yourself” multi-purpose programming space where customers of all ages can explore technology, arts, and crafts to develop new technology skills, gain confidence, and discover new talents and career opportunities. The residency promotes a symbiotic relationship among artists/makers/hobbyists, the public library, and Dabble Box customers, effecting measurable change for people who may not have access to creative opportunities. Through the support of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Endowment Fund, selected Makers will receive a $750 stipend and supply reimbursement for up to $500.

The residency requires Makers to spend four hours per week “in studio” creating work in the Dabble Box, teaching and mentoring a community of all ages, and furthering the Maker’s work in a public way. Together with Dabble Box and library staff, Makers will work to ensure that materials used in both the Dabble Box and class hours are safe and appropriate.

Requirements of Selected Maker

Makers are required to:

  • Teach three two-hour workshops between August 10 and August 29. One of which must be for all ages, keeping the library and Dabble Box open hours in mind.
  • Hold regular in-studio hours four hours per week during library open hours.
  • Help create one circulating Dabble Box Maker Kit that relates to their residency.

Any resulting artwork or product created by the Maker will become the property of the library. If the project is temporal in nature (i.e. a performance), the library will have the sole right to photograph or otherwise record the project. Following the public display, the library may decide to keep the finished project, return it to the maker, donate, or sell the work.

The Dabble Box encourages its Makers to embrace their creativity and think outside the box.

The residency will culminate in one of the following options with the library’s mission, policies and guidelines in mind:

  • An option to exhibit work in the Dabble Box and/or on the lower level of the library.
  • An option to initiate and collaborate on a Dabble Box community art project.

Required Materials

Email all required materials as a single pdf attachment to dabblerinresidence@eauclaire.lib.wi.us. If providing samples of your work necessitates video or audio clips, please include links to those samples on YouTube within that section of your pdf application.

Application Materials Checklist

Section I. Letter of interest addressing the following (maximum one page).

  • What about this residency appeals to you, and how would you use this residency?
  • What is the skill/knowledge/ability you’d like to share in the Dabble Box?
  • What is it that you make?
  • What medium do you envision yourself using in your personal practice at the library?
  • Please describe the project you would like to work on during open lab hours in the Dabble Box.
  • What are the tools, supplies, or equipment you would need to complete this project?
  • Are there things you know you will have to learn to complete this project?
  • What could Dabble Box staff do to help you learn these skills?
  • What kind of workshops could you offer related to this project?
  • The Dabbler in Residence requires three two-hour workshops, as well as four hours of personal practice in the Dabble Box weekly. Would you be able to commit to this schedule for your residency?
  • Do you have experience teaching or leading workshops? Please explain.
  • I would be comfortable working with (choose all that apply):
    • Children (ages 12 and below).
    • Teens (ages 12–19).
    • Adults (ages 18+).
  • Which residency do you prefer? March, August, or no preference?

Section II. Résume/CV with contact information.

Section III. 3–5 images of work (300dpi; 1200 x 800 pixels).

Section IV. Professional References.

  • Include the following information about two professional references:
  • Full name.
  • Institution/company/organization.
  • Position Title.
  • Direct Phone number.
  • Email
  • Relationship to you.
  • Number of years you have known the reference.

For questions or to submit all required materials in a single pdf document, please email dabblerinresidence@eauclaire.lib.wi.us.

We thank you and look forward to reviewing your application!

Dates and Deadlines

  • Application deadline April 26, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
  • August Residency Dates: August 3–August 29, 2020.

Not eligible: Employees of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library, members of their households, and members of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library Board of Directors.