• Artist residencies place practicing artists listed in Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Artist Residency Directory in schools or community settings to actively engage students, teachers, and the community in the creative process.
  • Residencies for individual artists span 10-180 days. Longer residencies are encouraged.
  • Five-day residencies are limited to artists' ensembles and companies.
  • Artists in schools will work with up to three core groups of no more than 30 students in each, smaller groups are encouraged.
  • Artists should also provide, or participate in, in-service training for teachers, community outreach, and extended work with smaller groups of students.
  • Artists may apply to the roster in more than one region.
  • Individual artists, artists' ensembles, or companies may apply.
  • Artists, artists' ensembles, or companies that intend to work in multiple disciplines must demonstrate their qualifications and be approved to work in each discipline.
  • Preference is given to Pennsylvania residents, although outstanding artists from other states may apply.
Criteria — Applicants are selected for the program based on:
  • Artistic quality demonstrated by submitted work samples of your work, not your work with students.
  • Observed evidence of the ability to interact and communicate effectively with children and adults.
  • The ability to develop and implement a residency plan with education or community partners.
  • Authentic conceptualization and presentation of culturally specific arts, especially folk and traditional, evidenced by the work sample.
  • Additional consideration will be given to artists who demonstrate the ability to work with special needs populations, evidenced by letters of recommendation and direct observation.
  • Artists are paid a minimum of $185 per day. Some individuals, and all groups, cost more.
  • The host site, for residency distances further than 50 miles one way, will reimburse mileage.
Observation and Training
  • Qualifying artists will be observed prior to being recommended to the state. These observations may be in preexisting residencies or will be arranged through the Center.
  • Qualifying artists who are recommended to and approved by the state will receive training in working within the guidelines of the roster program. This training will be designed to reflect the articulated needs of the artists, schools, and community settings. They are required to continue their professional development through a variety of options, including but not limited to: workshops in their art forms, training for artist educators, and visiting residency programs in other regions or states.
  • Artists with the Artist Residency Program are considered to be professional artists and, as such, are expected to exhibit, perform, or publish their work.
Mary Brenholts
Dir. of School and Community Programs
412/361-0455, ext.368
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