Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art
Artist In Residence Education Program

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School
Workshop, Feb 7 - 21
Performances with ADA, Feb 21, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Quaker Valley School District
Drawing Workshop, Feb 19 - 28
Exhibition, March 6 - 7

Teen Art Cooperative
Mattress Factory, Feb 28, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

Mattress Factory, Saturday Feb 16, 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Coffee Date
Mattress Factory, Feb 23, 10:30 - 11:30 AM

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre: Through more than 50 performances each year at home and on tour, PBT push the boundaries of ballet as an art form. The mission is to be Pittsburgh’s source and ambassador for extraordinary ballet experiences that give life to the classical tradition, nurture new ideas and, above all, inspire.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School - The official training institution of Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, is recognized as one of the nation’s finest schools for dance education and training. Under the leadership of Co-directors Marjorie Grundvig and Dennis Marshall and Artistic Director Terrence S. Orr, PBT School cultivates the next generation of professional dancers and provide a diverse, classically based curriculum to more than 1,200 students of all ages. While students grow in their technique and artistry, PBT School works to instill long-term appreciation for the art of ballet and the values it embodies.

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Quaker Valley School District: The community of Quaker Valley School District is diverse, including various ethnic, racial and socioeconomic populations. Our stable population includes third and fourth generation Quaker Valley families, as well as those who have come to us not only from other states, but also from other countries. QVSD embrace this diversity as an opportunity for cultural understanding and exchange. 
All elementary and middle school students are engaged in the study of fine arts. A majority of Quaker Valley High School students continue to study and participate in some form of fine arts – the graphic and visual arts, as well as the choral, orchestral, instrumental and theatrical arts – all through a variety of coursework and co-curricular enrichment.

Quaker Valley School District
100 Leetsdale Industrial Drive - Suite B, Leetsdale, PA 15056
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Mattress Factory: Hailed as the best museum for installation art in the United States, the Mattress Factory invites visitors to experience "art you can get into." Over the past 41 years, the Mattress Factory has presented and commissioned new installation and performance works by over 750 artists, both established and emerging, who have challenged themselves and their audiences through the support of the museum's exceptional residency program. The Mattress Factory's outreach programs serve more than 30,000 students, teachers, adults, and families annually, and its activities as a visitor attraction, educator and employer continue to invigorate Pittsburgh's North Side and propel the region's cultural production.

Mattress Factory School Education Department - Designed to support critical and flexible thinking. The programs developed by the Education Department under the leadership of Shannon Phy, compliment the Mattress Factory's mission to serve as an experimental lab for artists to try new materials, explore new spaces, and to take risks. Students and teachers are invited to explore and experiment in order to better understand the challenges and rewards of the artistic process.

School Partnerships - In order to strengthen connections between contemporary installation art, the creative practice of living artists, and classroom learning—the Mattress Factory has partnered with several teachers to create School Partnerships. These partnerships include museum visits, Installation Labs, teaching artist residencies and support and mentorship from the museum Education Department.
The Mattress Factory supports living artists and believes in developing meaningful relationships with students and schools. Students that participate in School Partnerships create installations within their school and are challenged to think in new ways about space, the environment, and art.
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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.
Teens are given the support and space they need to develop new ideas, experiment with new materials and collaborate with each other. They work closely with local and international 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.
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ARTLab - is a hands-on, drop-in, interactive program designed for visitors of all ages. During ARTLab, participants are invited to explore and experiment with projects inspired by current exhibitions, artists and ideas.
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Coffee Dates - Have you ever wanted to ask an artist about their work? Or wondered where they got their inspiration? We offer MF Members a unique opportunity to meet current or upcoming museum artists for a morning of coffee and conversation. Join us for the fresh face-to-face opportunity to ask an artist anything!
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Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art
500 Sampsonia Way
Pittsburgh, PA 15212-4444

New York Times - Article By Martha Schwendener about visual arts community in Pittsburgh, amongst others Mattress Factory - Museum of Contemporary Art

A version of this article appears on Jan. 4, 2019
> in print on Page C17 of the New York edition
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ADA is supported by

Generous support for Artists in Residence is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District; Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; The Benter Foundation; Greco Gas; The Heinz Endowments; The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership, a program of Pitt's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs; National Endowment for the Arts; Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; The Pittsburgh Foundation; and the Roy A. Hunt Foundation. With special thanks to the Mattress Factory Board of Directors, Factory Fellows and museum members.