2023 Artist/Educator in Residence

The Shop One resident artist/educator will collaborate with District subject matter experts to explore local,
regional, and national water challenges and stewardship priorities. The overall goal is to engage and empower water stewardship and to stimulate water connections. 
This could take many forms based on individual artist/educator practices.

A full overview of the residency (including application information, timeline, selection criteria, and full proposal requirements), is available as a download here.

The call

The artist/educator in residence will design and execute a one-year residency that…

  • Connects community members to and in conversations about water and water stewardship
  • Builds community understanding of the value and essential role water plays for us all 



  • Of any practice or discipline who live, work, or have connection to the Madison metropolitan area
  • Emerging-to-established artists with educator experience. “Educator” can mean many things and take on a variety of forms, but preference will be given to those with proven ability to help others learn about and connect with environmental causes. 
  • Able to commit to a 12-month partnership with the District and be available to meet every other week, preferably in person, as conditions allow.
  • with a wide range of experiences and/or paths should apply. We value diversity of perspective and recognize there are multiple ways of knowing. We encourage artists/educators with a wide range of experiences and/or paths of community engagement work and multi-disciplinary practices to apply. Priority will not necessarily be given to those with long residence histories or traditional artist collaboration projects.
  • May apply as a duo/in pairs


The selected artist/educator will work as an independent contractor on a part time basis for 12 months, and be paid $25,000. In addition to compensation for their time, they will also have access to an expense budget of up to $10,000. The residency does not include housing, transportation, insurance or childcare.

timeline & process

Interested educator/artists apply to the initial application (request for qualifications). Selection panel reviews applications, and selects three finalists who will be invited to develop a full proposal (compensated $750). Finalists submit proposals and have an opportunity to meet with the panel. One finalist’s proposal will be selected to be the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District’s second Educator/Artist in Residence, to make their proposal a reality.

  • Aug. 30: Call for qualifications (RFQ) opens
  • Sept. 6: Info sessions
  • Sept. 30 : NOON, Deadline for application technical assistance
  • Oct. 2: Initial Qualifications Applications (RFQ) due before MIDNIGHT. Scoring begins the morning of Oct. 3. 
  • Oct. 19: Finalists selected & contacted
  • Oct. 21: Finalist acceptance/intent to continue due
  • Oct. 24: All applicants notified. 
  • Nov. 21: Final proposals due
  • Nov. 30: (time TBD, based on finalist schedules) Finalists meet with selection panel
  • Dec. 1: 2023 resident artist/educator selected, all finalists notified
  • Jan. 2023: Residency begins

Info Sessions

Chance for perspective applicants to questions of District staff and the current resident artist, and see the plant and Shop One space. 

Please RSVP for the meeting you would like to attend using the links above. Pre-registering for the meeting allows us to better plan for the tour, and to make sure we are able to send out any safety notices for the day-of the event.

An informational Q&A video addressing questions brought forth during the info sessions will be posted here after Sept. 6. If you are unable to attend one of the info sessions but have questions to be addressed there, please submit to Catherine Harris by September 6. Info meeting attendance is not required for application; it is completely optional.

This residency is the first of a series of Catalytic Projects for the District & Shop One. Design of this residency was supported by the US Water Alliance Arts & Culture Accelerator program. Community members served as creative collaboration advisors to guide development of this residency and other catalytic projects.