Summer Art Cooperative

Mondays, Wednesdays + Fridays

July 2 - August 3, 2018


The Mattress Factory SUMMER ART COOPERATIVE is an immersive summer program for teens focused on collaboration, creative practice and exploration. This program is for self-motivated students who are interested in experiencing how a museum operates as well as how to sustain a life of creative practice (translation: be an ARTIST!).


Summer Art Co-op members become an integral part of the Mattress Factory community, working closely with museum staff to learn firsthand what it is like to work behind the scenes of a contemporary art museum—everything from installing art and making curatorial choices to planning an event.


Summer Art Co-op members will also be able to experiment with new materials and techniques in the studio through a series of workshops, studio visits, field trips, and artist talks led by professional local artists.


Over the course of a month, Summer Art Co-op members become artists in residence, guest curators, exhibition installers and event planners; utilizing the resources of the museum and Pittsburgh’s creative community to culminate in a collaborative art event that is completely of their own design.


Applications for the 2018 Summer Art Cooperative are now being accepted! You can submit a digital application, or print out the application below.