The Tough Art Residency Program seeks to connect artists from across the spectrum of all the arts to the resources at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh.
The artists accomplish three goals:
1. Generate and implement interactive, immersive and/or collaborative projects.
2. Engage museum professionals in critical dialog as it relates to their work.
3. Connect the art making process to the larger museum context and the museum visitor.
Across the residency, artists are given two tasks:
1. Create a piece to be incorporated into the facility with direct impact on the visitor experience.
2. Prototype and evaluate their process to achieve the desired outcome.
It is important to remember that Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a very public place, and that art within a children’s museum occupies a unique niche of public art. This type of experimentation and art process has remained largely tangential to the main course of the art world. The Museum embraces the opportunity that this type of art-making affords. It fits in the values and the Museum’s point of view in presenting new ideas to family audiences.