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Thank you for your interest in the Mattress Factory.

The museum is currently accepting proposals from artists to design + execute a summer course for either 7-9 year old students or 10-13 year old students. Please read on for more information and how to apply.


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
COMMUNITY ART LAB // SUMMER 2015 AFTER SCHOOL SUMMER PROGRAMMING FOR 7-13 YEAR OLDS

 

BACKGROUND
The Mattress Factory is a museum of contemporary art that presents art you can get into – room-sized, site-specific  environments, created by in-residence artists. Located in the historic Mexican War Streets of Pittsburgh’s North Side since 1977. The Mattress Factory is one of the few museums of its kind anywhere. The museum’s programs derive from a central focus on the creative process and its mission is to (1) provide artists with an integrated residency and exhibition program, (2) educate and encourage visitors to examine the relevance of art and creativity in their own lives and (3) energize its urban neighborhood through its artistic and education programs.


Education programs use installation art as a point of departure for exploring a variety of learning disciplines and resources. The museum is a national leader in developing educational programs for students with a multi-disciplinary focus, creative problem solving, observation and critical thinking, all of which are the basis of contemporary art practice.


PROJECT SCOPE
Through a proposal process, the museum will recruit several artists to design and execute a summer course for students. Our COMMUNITY ART LAB program is a time for young students to engage in the museum and the installations deeply, to explore new materials and interact with a practicing artist.

There will be artists chosen to teach a class for 7-9 year olds, one will teach in the morning (9am-12:15pm) and one in the afternoon (12:45-4pm), this class is one week long. There will be two artists
chosen to teach a class for 10-13 year olds, one will teach in the morning (9am-12:15pm) and one in the afternoon (12:45-4pm), this class is two weeks long. In your proposal, please state your preferred session (both for age and morning or afternoon). The chosen Teaching Artist needs to be at the Mattress Factory one hour before their class starts and to clean up after their class finishes. They will share the space with the other teacher and need to keep that in mind when designing the class and building the projects. There will also be a final celebration on Friday, August 7th that you are required to help with set up and attend.
When planning your class, also think about relevant and interesting ways to engage the installations at the Mattress Factory – the Education Team can help provide support and connections to artists, but themes of space, installation art and creative thinking need to be in your proposal.


The class will have a maximum of 20 students and there will be extra adult supervision (three Education Interns) to provide support for the class.

CORE OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS
1. Plan an amazing never before seen creative class that our wacky students are sure to love. Past classes have touched on topics such as: Utopia, Ephemeral, Superhero Snacks, Papermaking, Fort-Building, Guerilla Art, etc. Collaborate with the other artist chosen to teach your same age group and make sure
that your class plans compliment each other and don’t provide too much overlap.
2. Lead the class during the chosen week for your students.
3. Prepare a student showcase / performance / presentation / documentation at the Celebration on August 7th from 6-8pm. There will be one Celebration for all the summer classes.

TIMELINE
The deadline for proposals is October 31st. Proposals accepted on a first come first serve basis. Applications will be kept on file for other opportunities.
January 1, 2015: Provide a Final Title, Description and Photo for your class that we can use on the website and in Marketing Materials.
April 1, 2015: Provide a Final Curriculum and Materials List
June 29th-July 2nd 2015: Meet one time with the Education Team, including the three interns to review your curriculum plan, your materials and get ready for your class.
July-August 2015: Lead your class during the assigned week(s)
August 7, 2015, 6-8pm: Final Celebration (Help with set-up and attend.)


BUDGET
The artist chosen will receive $200 for each day of class (for the 7-9 year old class, the total artist stipend is $1,000, for the 10-13 year old class, the total stipend is $2,000). The stipend is for teaching the course, preparing the lessons, working with students to create a final showcase and attending the final showcase /
celebration on Friday, August 7th, 6-8pm.

There is also a small materials budget. The Mattress Factory Education Department will receive detailed Materials Lists at a pre-arranged date and will purchase materials on the list for the chosen Teaching Artist. You will be required to work within the materials budget.


PROPOSAL GUIDELINES
Please include all of the following:
1. Resume
2. Link to a portfolio of images of your work that relates to installation art and / or examples of work you have done with students.
3. A short paragraph description of the course you propose including a title. Please include the age group you are designing this course for (7-9 or 10-13) and if you prefer to teach in the morning or afternoon.
4. One page of ideas for activities and projects you would include in your course.
5. A short letter including why you are interested in this project and working at the Mattress Factory.


EVALUATION CRITERIA
We will be looking for completed proposals with an emphasis on experience teaching in your chosen age level and a strong artistic practice. We will also be looking for unique perspectives, creative approaches and a willingness to engage the students in the installations and community.


CONTACT INFORMATION
Please send your proposal to Felice Cleveland, Director of Education at felice [at] mattress [dot] org. Please put “COMMUNITY ART LAB PROPOSAL_YOUR NAME” in the Subject Line. Feel free to e-mail with questions, but no phone calls please. 


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