Thursdays, October 11, 2018 - May 23, 2019
FREE, but you must apply
Education Studio @ 500 Sampsonia Way
The Teen Art Cooperative is a year-long program for teens focused on collaboration, creative practice and exploration. This program is for self-motivated students who are interested in learning about how a museum operates as well as how to sustain a life of creative practice [translation: be an ARTIST].
Teens are given the support and space they need to develop new ideas, experiment with new materials and collaborate with each other. They will work closely with local artists and museum staff to learn about contemporary art in a direct, hands-on way, developing new skills and exploring creative resources and careers.
Over the course of the year, Co-op members become artists in residence, guest curators, exhibition installers and event planners. Students utilize the resources of the museum and Pittsburgh's creative community to culminate in a collaborative art event of their own design.
Mattress Factory education and community programs are made possible by generous support from the Allegheny Regional Asset District, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Benter Foundation, Jack Buncher Foundation, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education, Sheila Fortune Foundation, The Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Opportunity Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, The PNC Charitable Trusts, the James M. and Lucy K. Schoonmaker Foundation, the Snee-Reinhardt Charitable Foundation, and TRHIVE Inclusive Schools.