July 1 - July 31, 2016

(1) Researching and creating an archive of children's cultural works

at The Art Institute of Chicago museum, during public hours in an interactive space, with Rachel L. S. Harper, Seen + Heard.  This portion of the Fellowship requires 15 hours a week at the site.  Learn more about the premise of Seen + Heard on the home page.

(2) $2,000 stipend to support advancing a new cultural project during fellowship period.

Open to artists, educators, parents, philosophers, scientists, and other cultural workers; preference is given to artists of any kind, to educators and educational philosophers of any kind (including aspiring), and to individuals whose projects advance the rights of people ages 0-12, or whose projects reveal and promote any historically marginalized knowledge. 

Applicants' individual project proposals are not required to involve production; it is acceptable to propose using the time and space for any activity that nourishes and supports an individual’s personal practice.  The Fellow receives individual project support through a stipend, through mentorship over the month in residence, and through the opportunity to present works-in-progress publicly at the museum and via Seen + Heard online (if applicable; not required).


People of all ages with a strong interest in the wisdom of children are encouraged to apply; no institutional credentials are required and self-educated artist-researchers are especially encouraged to apply.  Parents of infants and children under 12 are welcome to bring children to work and care for them during work hours.

Applications accepted until April 8; notification by May 15.

View the full application here:


The Washburn Research Fellowship is named in honor of Dr. Ruth Wendell Washburn whose perspectives on the philosophical works of children published in her 1967 collection, Wisdom Begins at Birth, have always inspired and informed the Seen + Heard project. 

- Rachel L. S. Harper