SPARK Artists in Residence | Filament Theatre
“SPARK turned my: "this would be cool...but is it possible?" into a resounding, YES! Building my piece with the youth collaborators while having the consistent support of Filament staff was a total dream.”
Sonia Goldberg
2021 SPARK Artist


SPARK is a six week long artistic development residency for individual artists creating work for young audiences. Artists receive a $1500 stipend, a $250 materials budget, access to Filament Theatre’s space and stock, and administrative and artistic development support from Filament’s staff and youth artistic teams throughout the residency. Artists are anticipated to work 70 total hours over the lifespan of the residency (10 hours of prep, 60 hours of project development).


About the selection process

Filament Theatre creates work for, by, and with young audiences. With SPARK, youth also curate the entire experience. With support and skillbuilding from Filament’s artistic directors, a curatorial team of 3rd-8th graders are entirely responsible for the selection of up to three SPARK artists. At least 2 out of 3 residency slots will be allocated to BIPOC artists.

Artists of all disciplines are encouraged to apply. The youth curators invite you to stretch the boundaries of your imagination to create something truly new and original. The youth curators are particularly excited about innovative, unexpected, and unusual work for K – 3rd graders, but will consider projects for young people ages 0 – 12.

“SPARK was an opportunity to not only make collaborative art with the most innovative creative minds imaginable (kids!), but to receive incredible support from a forward-thinking organization with a rich knowledge of what it means to build meaningful, child-centered experiences.”
Danny Clay
2021 SPARK Artist
“Spark gave me the opportunity to create my first mural! The team is super supportive and genuine. I think Spark is a great opportunity for any artist looking to bring their vision to life with a motivated team.”
Hannah Markey
2021 SPARK Artist
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