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Museum of the Living Worker

Modern Art values the creative practice and sees it as an essential part of a vibrant and living city. To this end, we are excited to launch our new project: THE MUSEUM OF THE LIVING WORKER, with our inaugural Living Worker in Residence, actor, writer and comedian, SHAWNA STOLTZFOOS. Shawna will be on display from July 4-8, 2018.

Museum of the Living Worker is a unique program for workers who are seeking some much deserved time and space away from their daily habits to pursue a creative project, AND to be part of an innovative effort to highlight the power of artistic work in Lancaster.

Workers in Residence will have the opportunity to use Modern Art's room, "the Modern Experiment," as their studio. During this time the Living Worker will pursue their proposed creative project for one, two or three week stints.

Projects can be almost anything: a piece of writing, painting, sewing, musical composition, dancing, hula hooping—almost anything. Modern Art will work with Living Worker residents in order to personalize the space to coordinate with their project, and will support them throughout the residency. 

In keeping with our mission of encouraging the curious and engaging our community, a key component of the residency is to allow visitors and passers by a window into the creative process. Living Workers in Residence are encouraged to do their work in public view, and to have open studio hours throughout during which the visitors can walk in and observe. Each project will possess an element of creative public interaction— inviting folks in to the space to chat, to gather information, or to collaborate on the project 

Workers in Residence will have full use of Modern Experiment Room (approximately 20' x 20'). Prior to the residency, Modern Art will meet with workers in order to understand the proposed project and the resident's creative needs. Supplied will be a desk, chairs, table or easel, cozy chair, lamp, rug, curated book shelf and decor, and a personalized signage on our outdoor wall. Throughout the residency Modern Art will provide various forms of interesting creative encouragement to support the resident worker. This may include daily treats, prompts, challenges, an inspiration cubby with personalized surprises. Workers' projects will be marketed through Modern Art's website, email list and social media.