Crafts of the Past - Artist in Residence Program
Crafts of the Past is a program of Fort Nisqually Living History Museum. The Fort is seeking traditional artists and crafts people to share their knowledge and skills with the public. The Fort features a different artist-in-residence demonstrating mid-19th century crafts every weekend May — September. Featured arts and crafts have included silver inlay, powder horns, Native-American beadwork, Native-American basket weaving, scrimshaw, blacksmithing, spinning and dyeing, weaving, hand sewing, musical instruments, historical illustration and calligraphy, and puppetry. Crafts of the Past is supported by grants from the Nisqually Tribe and the Tacoma Arts Commission.
Located in Tacoma's Point Defiance Park, Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is a restoration of the Hudson's Bay Company outpost on Puget Sound. Set in the 1850s, guests experience life during the fur trade era of Washington Territory with the help of interpreters dressed in period clothing. Nine buildings are open to the public, including the Granary and the Factors House, both National Historic Landmarks, and a Visitor Center with Museum Store. Fort Nisqually is a program of Metro Parks Tacoma. For more about Fort Nisqually, visit www.fortnisqually.org.
Artists-in-residences set up a display of their work and are available to talk with visitors from 11a.m. — 5p.m. both Saturday and Sunday (excluding lunch breaks). Artists demonstrate their craft and, if appropriate, provide a hands-on learning opportunity for the public. From 10 a.m.-11 a.m. on Saturday, artists-in-residence may be asked to provide a demonstration and question and answer period for Fort Nisqually's volunteer re-enactors. Artists-in-residence are encouraged, but not required, to wear period clothing. Fort Nisqually has a lending closet and staff will assist as needed.
An honorarium of $150 per day is paid to the artist-in-residence (individual or group). There is also a maximum $50 reimbursement for supplies for the public hands-on activity. In addition, artists-in-residence are invited to sell artwork on commission through the museum store.
To apply to be an artist-in-residence, please complete the application (http://www.metroparkstacoma.org/file_viewer.php?id=12517) and return it to email@example.com. If you have questions, please contact Chris Erlich at 253-591-5339.