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The museum is currently accepting proposals from artists to design + execute an after school course for 3-5th grade students. Please read on for more information and application information.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
INSTALL: AFTERNOONS @ THE FACTORY // FALL 2014 AFTER SCHOOL CLASS FOR 3rd-5th GRADERS


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 two artists to design and execute an after school course for 3rd-5th grade students. Our INSTALL: Afternoons @ The Factory 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. The winter session is 6 weeks long and the spring session is 12 weeks long. One artist will be chosen to teach the winter course and another artist will be chosen to teach the spring course. In your proposal, please state your preferred  session. The chosen Teaching Artist needs to be at the Mattress Factory from 2:30pm – 6:30pm on Wednesdays, to help  with set-up, picking up students from school, leading the class (with the support of an Education Intern and Museum Educator), clean up and support during pick-up time. The class will have a maximum of 18 students. The actual class time is approximately 2 hours, about 30 minutes of this time will be allotted for snack and homework support. When planning your class, also think about relevant and interesting ways to engage the installations at the Mattress Factory.


CORE OBJECTIVES AND REQUIREMENTS
1. Plan an amazing never before seen creative class that 3rd-5th graders are sure to love. Past classes have touched on topics such as: Utopia, Ephemeral, Superhero Snacks, Paper-Making, etc.
2. Lead the class during the winter or spring session on  Wednesdays from 2:30-6:30pm. The winter session is planned for January 7th-February 18th with an alternate snow day planned on February 25th. The spring session is planned for March 4th-May 27th.
3. Prepare a student showcase / performance / presentation / documentation at the Celebration on May 27th from 5:30-7pm. There will be one Celebration for both the Winter and Spring sessions.


TIMELINE
Proposals accepted on a first come first serve basis. The positions will be open until filled. Applications will be kept on file for other opportunities.

 

BUDGET
The artist chosen will receive $200 for each day of class (the winter session the total stipend is: $1,200, the spring session the total stipend is $2,400). 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 Wednesday, May 27th 5:30-7pm.

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.


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 for 3rd-5th graders including a title.
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 3rd-5th graders 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 “AFTER SCHOOL PROPOSAL_YOUR NAME” in the Subject Line. Feel free to e-mail with questions, but no phone calls please.

 

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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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