ALL THE FAQ YOU NEED

FILMMAKERS SCHOOL

  1. Q: How much do classes cost?

    A. Non-college credit tuition for each full-semester course is $375, plus a course fee, or $335 if paid before the semester’s discount deadline. See the Tuition/Course Fees section of the Registration page for current rates and deadline. Course fees and expenses vary depending on what the course is; see Question 4 below.

     
  2. Q: What is required to apply for admission to Pittsburgh Filmmakers?

    A: The only requirement for entry level classes is a high school diploma or GED. A high school senior may petition for admittance; see Question 17 below.

     
  3. Q: When do classes begin and how long do they last?

    A: There are three semesters per year. Fall and Winter/Spring semesters run for 14 weeks, September to December and January to April; Summer semesters run for 13 weeks, from May to early August.

     
  4. Q: Is tuition all I have to pay?

    A: There are also course fees of either $35 or $70 attached to the majority of all full-length courses to cover in-class equipment use, materials, chemicals, facilities and rentals. In addition, a student must be prepared to pay for textbooks and other materials and processing charges not covered by course fees. See “Materials” on Page 27 of the Student Handbook for estimates of expenses for particular courses.

     
  5. Q: Is financial aid available? Are scholarships or discounts offered?

    A: Pittsburgh Filmmakers does not participate in Title IV financial aid programs.  A limited number of scholarships are available to low-income students taking classes on a non-credit basis.  Tuition discounts are available for PF/PCA Associate and Access Members, and one course fee per semester is waived for PF/PCA Full Access Members and Pittsburgh Technology Council members.  See the Membership guidelines for details on Member discounts.

     
  6. Q: What is an "independent" student?

    A: An independent student is a person who registers for classes directly with Pittsburgh Filmmakers and either pays his/her own tuition and fees or is paid for by an approved third party (please contact the Registrar for details).

     
  7. Q: Does Pittsburgh Filmmakers grant degrees?

    A: Pittsburgh Filmmakers is a NASAD-accredited institution, but it does not grant degrees. The courses taught at Pittsburgh Filmmakers may be applied toward a degree if the student is registered in a participating college or university program, or, if taken on a credit transcript basis, as transfer credit to a non-participating school. Local universities participating with Pittsburgh Filmmakers include:

    University of Pittsburgh

    Carnegie Mellon University

    Point Park University

    La Roche College

    Duquesne University

    Robert Morris University

    Carlow University

    Seton Hill University.

     
  8. Q: How do I register for classes at Pittsburgh Filmmakers if I am enrolled at a nearby university?

    A: A student attending a participating institution registers for classes at their home school. It is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the appropriate personnel at their school to assure proper registration – find your school information here, or contact Pittsburgh Filmmakers’ Registrar, Kathleen Rebel, at krebel [a] pghfilmmakers.org or 412.681.5449 ext 202, to obtain contact information for your school.

     
  9. Q: What is the difference between taking a course non-credit or credit transcript?

    A: There is no difference in the content of the course whether taken on a non-credit or credit transcript basis. Courses taken on a non-credit basis are not acceptable for transfer to a post-secondary institution. (A student may decide to change the status of his/her courses from non-credit to credit transcript at a later date by paying the difference between the non-credit and current credit transcript tuition, plus a small processing fee.)

     
  10. Q: What is Pittsburgh Filmmakers' tuition rate for transferable college credit?

    A: The cost is currently $1025 for a 3 Credit / 42 classroom-hour course.

     
  11. Q: How long will it take to complete a Certificate Program?

    A:  The Certificate in Film or Digital Video takes a minimum of seven semesters to complete, depending on a student’s available time, resources and embarking semester; a Certificate in Photography will take a minimum of five semesters to complete. Completion of each Program requires a minimum of 12 courses, but there are no time constraints or minimum number of courses to be taken in any one semester. A student may progress through the Program at his/her own pace.

     
  12. Q: Does a Certificate Program have to be taken for college credit?

    A: No, these Programs may be taken on either a non-credit or credit-transcript basis; most independent students opt for non-credit. Certificate Program students enrolled in college generally complete the Program with a mix of non-credit classes taken independently and for-credit classes taken through their home school.

     
  13. Q: Does Pittsburgh Filmmakers have an internship program?

    Yes, Pittsburgh Filmmakers can assist in arranging internships with production companies, TV stations, feature films and TV series, freelance artists, and advertising agencies.  Students generally apply for the position, and register for the internship if they are chosen by the company.  Many internship positions are competitive, and advanced students are given priority over beginning students.  For specific information, please contact the zavala [a] pghfilmmakers.org Will Zavala, Internship Coordinator.

     
  14. Q: Does Pittsburgh Filmmakers have a job placement program?

    A:  No, however, paid and unpaid artist opportunities are referred to advanced students and recent graduates who request such information. We also post job opportunities on our bulletin board.

     
  15. Q: May foreign students take classes?

    A: Students who reside outside the United States may study at Pittsburgh Filmmakers; however, we are not able to assist such students in acquiring a student visa.

     
  16. Q: Is housing available?

    A:  There is a wealth of housing rental options near Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  Independent students must research local areas for housing possibilities, through online listings such as craigslist.org. We can also supply a list of realtors and management companies.

     
  17. Q: Can high school students take classes?

    A:  High school students who have completed their junior year may petition to take entry level courses at Pittsburgh Filmmakers.  Please download and submit a petition to the Registrar.  Students at all levels can take media courses at Filmmakers at the Center, located at our sister organization, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

CENTER SCHOOL

  1. Where are you located?

    The school building is located at 1047 Shady Ave., right off of 5th Avenue. If you are familiar with our gallery building (the big yellow one on the corner of 5th and Shady), we are right behind that building. The school building is a Tudor style mansion with orange trim.

     
  2. What's your parking situation?

    We have a metered lot around our building that is monitored by the city of Pittsburgh.

     
  3. Can I transfer to another class?

    Yes, but there is a $15 fee applied to all transfers. No transfers will be accepted once the second class begins. Transfers may only be made within the same term. A transfer may be made by calling the Registration Office.

     
  4. Can I register for a class that's already started?

    Students may register late for any class in which space is available. However, fees will not be prorated.

     
  5. How do your waiting lists work?

    Waiting lists are maintained for full classes. Students must request that their names be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted if space becomes available.

     
  6. What is your refund policy?

    Students may cancel a class before the second class begins by calling the Registration Office. You will be charged a $25 cancellation fee. If the first class has met, you will be charged a fee for that class – in addition to the cancellation fee – and under no circumstances will tuition be transferred to another term. Membership fees are non-refundable. No cash refunds are available. We are not responsible for missed classes. Tuition for drop-in sessions, family workshops, and Sunday Samplers are non-refundable.

     
  7. What happens when a class is cancelled?

    Occasionally, classes are cancelled due to insufficient enrollment. In such cases, the Registration Office will notify you approximately 72 hours before the class begins and the full class fee will be refunded, either by check or credit card, depending on your form of registration.

     

ART CAMPS

  1. What will my child's daily schedule be like?

    Please plan to arrive at PCA about 10 minutes before your child's camp begins. You will need to check in at the table in front of the school. After check-in, students will be directed to their group, gathered on the front lawn of the campus. Once all campers in the group arrive, the camp counselors will escort students into the studio. If it's raining, students will check-in at the table in the front lobby of the school, and be escorted directly to the studio.

     
  2. What about lunch?

    Children attending full-day camps must bring a non-perishable lunch and a drink labeled with their first and last name. We suggest that campers also bring a snack for the mid-morning and mid-afternoon breaks.

     
  3. Do you offer extended care?

    Yes! Extended care options are available before and after camp hours. To ensure that adequate staffing is available, arrangements for pre-camp and post-camp care should be made at the time of registration. These fees are nonrefundable and spaces are limited. Placement cannot be guaranteed for last-minute registrations.



    Pre-camp care is offered between 8:00 and 9:00am at a rate of $7 per day. Pre-camp care is led by an experienced Art Camp counselor and includes activities such as drawing, building, or age-appropriate games.



    Post-camp care is offered between 3:30 and 6:00pm at a rate of $11 per day. Post-camp is monitored by an experienced Art Camp counselor. Each day, campers are able to choose from a multitude of group and/or independent art-related activities.



    Children may not, under any circumstances, be left unattended at PCA School. If caregivers would like children to stay on-site before or after camp, they must register for pre-camp or post-camp care.

     
  4. Who teaches Art Camps?

    PCA's Instructors are talented artists, devoted educators, and responsible caregivers. Our instructors are passionate about designing a camp curriculum that reflects their skills and areas of expertise, while upholding a commitment to best practices in arts learning. All Art Camp instructors have at least two years of experience as an arts educator, and many have been with us for five years or more. Instructors are required to have a Bachelor's Degree, and often hold a Master's Degree in art or education.

     
  5. What is process over product?

    All projects are process-based, which affords children the opportunity to engage in critical thought, collaborative learning, and creative experimentation under the guidance of an experienced professional artist and educator. PCA places emphasis on the skills acquired during the process of creation, rather than the importance of a final product. To that end, students will work collaboratively, and may create temporary installations that won't go home with them at the end of the camp. While most campers will end the week with a final artwork to take home, this cannot be guaranteed in all camps.

     
  6. Can my child participate in a camp that is outside of his or her age range?

    PCA is dedicated to best practices in arts education, including developing and implementing age-appropriate visual and media arts curriculum for our students. Each camp is designed to meet the unique social and developmental needs of children in the age brackets.

     
  7. Can my child be placed in a camp with his/her friend, neighbor, sibling, etc?

    If you would like your child to be placed in the same camp section as another child, you must indicate this preference when you register. While we do try to accommodate all requests, placement of the children must coincide with our age and group size requirements.

     
  8. What should my child bring, and what should s/he leave at home? 

    We provide all art supplies needed. For studio arts camps please send a labeled smock, apron or t-shirt for your camper to wear while engaged in messy projects. Please pack two non-perishable snacks and one lunch labeled with your child's name. For half-day camps please send a snack for mid-day break. You may send sunscreen or a hat for your child, especially for camps that will spend time outdoors.



    Please keep toys, mp3 playes and other valuables at home. Cell phones may be used for emergencies only.

     
  9. How can my child's special needs be accommodated?

    PCA is committed to providing an enjoyable art-making experience for all campers and strives to create an inclusive and welcoming artistic community. Please share information about your child's special needs on the Camper Contract and Health Form provided at the time of registration. Caregivers may also contact us regarding special needs your child has which may impact his/her  participation in an Art Camp. We welcome the presence of a professional TSS; please inform us in advance if a TSS will be accompanying your child during class.

     
  10. How are camps priced?

    Camp fees are calculated for individual camps, based on the cost of materials, equipment, etc. Members of PF/PCA receive a $25 discount on all camps.

     
  11. How do I register and pay for an art camp?

    There are several ways to register for a camp, listed below. Please note, your registration will not be completed until we have received full payment.



    Online: PCA Registration

    By Phone: 412-361-0455

    By FAX: 412-362-4589

    In Person or By Mail: 1047 Shady Avenue, Pittburgh PA 15232

     
  12. Are there any other details I need to know?

    Pittsburgh Center for the Arts reserves the right to discard artwork or personal belongings left at the conclusion of each camp. Due to kiln firing schedules, some artwork from clay and ceramics camps may not be ready for pick-up until approximately two weeks after the camp ends.



    Your child's image and/or artwork may be photographed or reproduced on PF/PCA promotional materials. A photo consent form will be sent to you upon registration.

VISITING FILMMAKERS

GETTING HERE

How do I get to Filmmakers by car or public transportation?

Please see our Directions page.

Does Filmmakers have a parking lot?

Yes, we have a visitors parking lot adjacent to the building. The parking lot across the street from Pittsburgh Filmmakers is University of Pittsburgh lot “PF,” a permit-only lot patrolled by University of Pittsburgh police. Visitors may obtain a Visitor Parking Pass from the receptionist. Any Filmmakers’ student may purchase a parking permit for daytime parking from the Parking Office on the Pitt campus (412-624-4034).

Is there street parking at Filmmakers?

Yes, along Melwood Avenue. Please see our Directions page.

Are there bike racks?

Yes, bike racks are by the Member and Student Access entrance.


HOURS AND ADMISSION

When are the Melwood galleries @ Filmmakers open?

Tuesday – Thursday 2 – 7 pm; and when films are shown in the Melwood Screening Room

How much is admission to the Melwood galleries?

Admission is to the galleries at Filmmakers is free.


IN AND AROUND THE GALLERIES

Is there a coat check?

We provide a coat rack near the galleries.

Are baby strollers permitted in the galleries?

Yes, baby strollers are permitted. While we love encourage children to experience the art in the galleries, they must be supervised at all times.

Are all exhibitions appropriate for children to view?

At times, some of the exhibitions at the Melwood galleries are directed for adult audiences. Parents and teachers are advised to preview exhibitions or check with the staff at our Receptionist Desk.

Is there a place to eat?

Dave's Cafe Obscura is located in front of the Receptionist desk and is open on days when classes are held, generally Monday through Thursday. Dave prepares fresh vegan and vegetarian cuisine, and offers a wide selection of delicious beverages.

Are there other restaurants in the area?

There are many restaurants nearby in Oakland and Bloomfield.


VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES

Is Filmmakers wheelchair accessible?

Yes, please inquire at the Recptionist desk for any assistance you may require.

VISITING CENTER FOR THE ARTS

GETTING HERE

How do I get to the Center by car or public transportation?

Please see our Directions page.

Does PCA have a parking lot?

Yes, we have a metered parking lot that is enforced by the City of Pittsburgh. Please see our Directions page for more information.

Is there street parking at the PCA?

Yes, along Shady Avenue or Beechwood Boulevard Please see our Directions page.

Are there bike racks?

Yes, bike racks are in front of the Marshall building and along Shady Avenue.


HOURS AND ADMISSION

When are the galleries and Shop @ PCA open?

Tuesday – Wednesday 10 – 5
Thursday – 10 – 7
Friday & Saturday 10 – 5
Sundays 12 – 5
Please see our Directions page to check for special holiday hours

How much is admission to the galleries?

Admission prices are a suggested contribution; visitors may pay what they wish. PCA suggests a donation of $5 for adults; $3 for students and children. Admission is free for members. Please see our Become a Member Page.

Can I come to PCA just to visit the Shop? If so, do I have to pay the admission fee?

You do not have to pay the fee, but all visitors must sign in at the front desk.


IN AND AROUND THE GALLERIES

Is there a coat check?

During the winter months, we provide coat racks, hot tea and cocoa for guests in our front lobby. During the warmer months however, we do not provide this service. Please leave oversized items at home so you may comfortably enjoy your visit.

Are baby strollers permitted in the galleries?

Yes, baby strollers are permitted. While we encourage children to experience the art in the galleries, they must be supervised at all times.

Are all exhibitions appropriate for children to view?

At times, some of the exhibitions at the PCA are directed to for adult audiences. Parents and teachers are advised to preview exhibitions or check with the staff at our Front Desk.

Is there a place to eat?

At our PCA location, we do not have a café. During the winter months, we provide complimentary hot tea and cocoa for guests in our front lobby. Outside food is not permitted in the shop or galleries.

Are there other restaurants in the area?

There are many restaurants nearby in Shadyside, Penn Circle, and Squirrel Hill.


VISITORS WITH DISABILITIES

Is the Center wheelchair accessible?

Yes, please inquire at the front desk for any assistance you may require.

Does the Center offer special programs or tours for visitors with visual or hearing impairments?

PCA offers a variety of programs for visitors with diverse needs. Please call the Assistant to the Director at 412.361.0873x307 for more information or email at rcooper [a] pittsburgharts.org.



VISITING AS A GROUP

How do I arrange a visit for a school group or group of adults?

All guided and self-guided groups , should make arrangements in advance. Arrangements for groups just visiting the galleries and shop can be made with the Assistant to the Director at 412.361.0873x307. Groups that would like to have a hands on art activity with their visit may can contact our Director of Education 412.3361.0455x302. Please see more about our Group Visits.

EXHIBITS

ABOUT THE GALLERIES

How large are the galleries at PCA?

With over 5,000 square feet of exhibition space, the Center’s ten galleries are dedicated to presenting exhibitions of both the region’s prominent and emerging visual artists, as well as artists working nationally and internationally.

What are the current exhibitions at PF/PCA?

Please see our Current Exhibitions page.

How do I let PF/PCA know about my work?

Annually, PF/PCA accepts applications from artists living within a 150-mile radius of Pittsburgh for solo and collaborative exhibitions during the calendar year. This opportunity is open to artists working in any visual discipline including 2D, 3D, installation, and time based work. To get a copy of the application, please see our Calls for Artists page.

Is artwork in the galleries for sale?

Artwork for sale varies with each exhibition. We provide a gallery guide with pricing information at the front desk and throughout the galleries. To purchase work, please contact a sales associate from the shop for more information. 412.361.0873x303.

Can you tell me the value of an artwork that I own?

PF/PCA does not provide monetary appraisals. To determine the value of an object or to find an appraiser, you may contact the Art Dealers Association of America or the American Society of Appraisers.

Can I volunteer at the galleries?

PCA offers a variety of volunteer opportunities and internships. Please visit our Volunteer & Internships page for more information.


TOURS AND TALKS

Gallery Tours

Presently PF/PCA does not have any regularly scheduled tours, but arrangements for groups visiting the galleries and shop can be made with the Assistant to the Director at 412.361.0873 x307. Groups that would like to have a hands on art activity with their visit may can contact our Director of Education 412.3361.0455x302. Please see more about our Group Visits.

Gallery Talks

Talks are based on current exhibitions or popular art topics. Consult the calendar for specific dates, times, and topics.

What programs does PCA offer for children?

For over 30 years, the Center has been offering Summer Art Camps for children ages 4-17. In addition we offer evening an weekend classes for children and adults in a number of different media including: ceramics, creative writing, drawing, fiber arts, jewelry, media arts, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Please visit the School Page for more information and current listings.


PAINTING, SKETCHING, and PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE GALLERIES

Are visitors permitted to sketch in the galleries?

Yes. Sketching in graphite pencil is permitted in the galleries during regular gallery hours. The use of charcoal, ink, watercolor and paint, fountain, felt tip, or ballpoint pen is not permitted. Visitors should inquire at the front desk for further details.

Is photography or videography permitted in the galleries?

Photography and videography are allowed in the galleries. Images taken must use existing light (no flash) and must be for personal, non-commercial use only.

MEMBERSHIP

How do I know what kind of membership to get?

If your main interests are supporting the organization and receiving discounts for our various programs, the Associate Membership would most likely benefit you most.  If you are interested in artist services, would like to participate in our governance, or intend to use the equipment at PF/PCA, an Access Membership would be most beneficial to you.

How do I become a member?

To become a member, visit our Become a Member page for more information; or call 412.681.5449x246 during regular business hours.

What are the benefits of becoming a member?

Benefits vary depending on the level of membership. See a complete list of Membership Benefits.

How do I make a donation to the galleries?

You may make a secure, fully tax-deductible donation online; using your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express card; or by mailing a check made payable to the Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.

I am a current member and/or donor. How can I change my name and/or address and continue to receive mail from PF/PCA?

Send your new name and/or address to Membership Services, jasdeep[at]pittsburgharts.org, or call 412.681.5449x246.

Can I give a membership as a gift?

Absolutely! A membership to PF/PCA makes any occasion special. Memberships make great birthday, graduation, wedding, anniversary, or holiday gifts for family, friends, and/or business associates. Please visit our Membership page for more information; or call 412.681.5449 during regular business hours.

How do I receive my members discount at the PCA Shop?

Simply by presenting your membership card to any associate in the shop upon payment. Your 10% discount will be deducted from the full retail price of items in the shop. The discount doesn't apply to the artwork in the exhibitions.


ACCESS MEMBERSHIP

What is "pay-as-you-go" access?

Pay-as-you-go access is exactly what it sounds like.  You can pay for equipment access as you use it, on an hourly or daily basis.  Pay-as-you-go access is granted to all Access Members who have paid the basic membership dues upon equipment test-out (see below).  Members who plan to use the equipment a lot should consider purchasing an Access Package

What is an equipment test-out?

PF/PCA requires in-person demonstrations for equipment access and facility use because we need to ensure that members know how to use the equipment before access is granted.  A test-out can be scheduled by calling the Pittsburgh Filmmakers equipment office at 412-681-9500 or the PCA School at 412-361-0455.  If you fail an equipment test-out, you may be asked to take a PF/PCA class in order to learn how to use the equipment.

Can you test-out in more than one discipline?

Yes.  You can test out in as many disciplines as you can handle.  If you purchase more than one access packages, additional packages will be ½ price.

What are the access hours for PF/PCA?

Access hours and policies are different for PF and PCA, so be sure to read the policies closely. One major difference is that Pittsburgh Filmmakers has after-hours access. That's right, if you show up to access our labs before closing, you can stay as late as you want so long as you observe the rules! Please check here for our current hours of operation. Access hours for the PCA change according to staffing and availability. Please check here for our current hours of operation. 

Can I upgrade my membership from Associate to Access?

Yes, contact the Director of Artist & Member Services at 412-681-5449 x 246.

SCHOOL & COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

  1. What is an Artist Residency Project?

    Artist Residency Projects place professional artists into school and community settings where they can share the myriad benefits of their creative processes. Each Artist Residency Project is a custom-designed collaboration between the host site and the Resident Artist. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts' Artist Residency Program was founded in 2001 through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts' Arts in Education Division. Matching funds are available to support Artist Residency Projects ranging from 10 to 180 days.

     
  2. Who is eligible for an Artist Residency Project?

    Schools, nonprofit agencies, and community organizations working with both children and adults in Allegheny, Beaver, sw Butler, Greene, and Washington Counties are eligible for an Artist Residency Project. School-based projects include public, private, parochial, and charter schools serving elementary, middle, and high-school students. Artist Residency Projects can also be designed at the collegiate level. Community-based projects in social and human service agencies include social rehabilitation sites for adults, special needs children in an inclusion-oriented program, senior-care facilities, as well as projects at many other types of community and cultural organizations.

     
  3. What are the benefits of an Artist Residency Project?

    Studies have shown a significant correlation between arts education and skills development resulting in improved levels of achievement. Skills developed through the arts are recognized as being essential elements for success in today's society. These skills, as noted by Robert Root-Bernstein, Professor of Physiology at Michigan State University, include the ability to:
    • Observe acutely
    • Think spatially and kinesthetically
    • Identify the essential components of a complex whole
    • Synthesize and communicate the results of one's thinking, visually, verbally, or mathematically.

    The arts are proven to stimulate and enhance student performance in all curriculum areas and to encourage the development of improved self-image and empowerment. The arts provide opportunities for:
    • Imagination and creativity to flow
    • Communication and problem-solving skills to grow
    • Self-directed intrinsic motivation to be engendered
    • Teamwork to be encouraged and appreciated
    • Diverse thinking to take place
    • Individuality to excel
    • Positive self-expression to evolve


    Projects can last anywhere from 10 to 180 days. The days don't need to be consecutive, e.g., a Resident Artist can work at a site one day a week for eighteen weeks, twice a week for five weeks or four times a month for the whole school year. Artists may work up to four hours per day with core group participants.
     
  4. How many days constitute and Artist Residency Project?

    Projects can last anywhere from 10 to 180 days. The days don't need to be consecutive, e.g., a Resident Artist can work at a site one day a week for eighteen weeks, twice a week for five weeks or four times a month for the whole school year. Artists may work up to four hours per day with core group participants.

     
  5. What is a core group?

    An Artist Residency Project is designed as an in-depth, medium-specific experience for up to three core groups of students, not to exceed 30 students per group. The program is described as allowing a "full embrace" for a smaller number of participants rather than providing just a "handshake" for every student in the school. The Resident Artist may be introduced and present at an assembly, may do a whole school performance or slide show, may visit classrooms to talk with other students and teachers, and may provide workshops for teachers to take specific techniques and creative ideas back to their classrooms. Please welcome the Resident Artist to your site with the idea of positively impacting everyone in the building, but giving the core group students and teachers a more in-depth experience.

     
  6. What kinds of artists are in the program?

    Our roster includes media artists, dancers, folk artists, musicians, visual artists, clown artists, craftsmen, performers, fiber artists, poets, installation artists, and writers! These artists are practicing professionals who are exhibiting, performing, and publishing regularly. Part of the skill set of a Resident Artist is his/her ability to communicate both the creative process and the techniques of his/her medium. Qualifying artists are chosen based on the quality of their artwork, their ability to articulate details and inspiration of their artform, and their proven ability to fully implement a successful residency plan. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts makes the final decision regarding approval of the artists. Once approved Resident Artists are included in our roster but are not employees of the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. They maintain their own studio spaces and often work with other non-profit arts organizations.

     
  7. How do the Resident Artists get paid?

    Artist Residencies are funded by the host site with matching funds of up to 50% provided by the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts through our partnership with the PA Council on the Arts' Arts in Education Division. The Pittsburgh Center for the Arts pays the artist in full and invoices the host site for its portion of the match as well as a 10% administrative fee.

     
  8. Is it difficult/competitive to receive matching funds for an Artist Residency Project?

    It is not at all difficult, although artists' schedules fill up quickly so make your requests in a timely fashion! The program is designed to operate on an on-demand basis, but funding is limited.

     
  9. How much does an Artist Residency Project cost to implement?

    Most individual Resident Artists are paid $200 per day. Some artists have slightly higher fees. Companies' and ensembles' daily rates vary depending on the size of the group. The host site is solely responsible for the cost of materials and for any compensation to the artist associated with travel expenses. (Resident Artists excel at making the cost of materials for their projects affordable to the host sites!)

     
  10. How will the Artist Residency Project fit in with existing programs/curriculum?

    The Resident Artist, representatives from the host site, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts plan the residency project together. Much care is taken to address Pennsylvania's Arts & Humanities Standards in all art forms and to clearly articulate the goal of having the Resident Artist at the site. Artists and teachers communicate regularly regarding the intent of the project, how to best connect the art form to an existing program, and/or extend it throughout the curriculum. Often it is not Arts Educators who are working with the Resident Artist but, rather, the Classroom Teacher who recognizes how an artform brought to life by a practicing artist can more fully illuminate a concept for students or inspire their learning.

     
  11. OK, I've decided that I want to participate in the program! What are the next steps?

    Step 1: Think about specific areas of your curriculum or program that could benefit by having a Resident Artist with whom to work! Then look through our roster to see which artist(s) might provide insight or creativity to that area. You should contact Mary Brenholts, Director of School & Community Programs at 412-361-0455, x368 or mbrenholts [a] pittsburgharts.org to discuss which artist(s) might be most suitable to meet the needs of your site. Read through our supporting materials to get a better understanding of how the Artist Residency Program works and how it is intended to positively impact students, teachers, administrators, parents, and communities now and into the future.


    Step 2: Contact the Resident Artist(s) to discuss your ideas. Check on availability, daily rate, the potential cost of materials, workshops for peer teachers and other items particular to each artist/artform.

    Step 3: Complete the Artist Residency Request Form making sure to provide us with as many details as possible. If you are uncertain at this point about the source or confirmation of your matching funds simply write "pending" or "awaiting approval." Matching Funds can come from a variety of sources including school budget, district budget, a PTA, PTO, or PTG, or from a foundation or local business. Some sites hold fundraisers in their communities. The request form is not a binding document, it simply allows us to determine demand for the program and how to best allocate our funds. If you are unsure of how to complete the budget section, call us for assistance. Make certain to get signatures from principals or other appropriate administrators. Submit your request form as soon as possible to ensure having a good chance to receive matching funds.

    Step 4: Meet with the Resident Artist(s) and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts to review and complete the Artist Residency Planning Form. Use the questions as tools to help develop a comprehensive plan designed to have lasting impact. Set dates with the Resident Artist(s) as soon as possible! Submit your planning form upon completion.

    Step 5: Once we have received your Artist Residency Request Form and we receive our funding confirmation from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts the project can get moving! We are just a phone call or e-mail away at all times and love hearing from potential host sites to answer questions or share ideas.