Artist Residency Program


Through our partnership with the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts’ Arts in Education Division, Pittsburgh Center for Arts & Media (PCA&M) offers Artist Residency Projects and other vital arts services to schools, community organizations, and nonprofit service agencies working with both children and adults in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties.

Check out other recent residency projects on our Project Highlights page.


Materials for glass representing bituminous coal--the design was inspired by students' research on their local history--coal mining is a major industry for the local economy. State Representative Pam Snyder helped place glass tiles during a community event. Artist Residency Project with Pittsburgh Glass Center at Bobtown Elementary in Greene County. This project was sponsored by the Monon Center in Greensboro, PA.

An Artist Residency Project is designed to have lasting benefits for all of the participants: students are fully immersed in an art form and see how it connects to life and learning, teachers are exposed to alternative ways of experiencing and sharing the creative process and what it brings to their classrooms, and administrators realize the ways in which the arts fully engage students and impact their learning across the curriculum.

PCA&M places great emphasis on recruiting professional, trained, practicing artists to work in our programs as part of the mission. Artists are accepted into the program based on the quality of their artwork, their familiarity with best practices in arts in education and community artmaking, and their abilities as communicators, educators and facilitators.

Through residencies in dance, craft, music, folk arts, theater, media arts, literature, visual and interdisciplinary arts, schools, community organizations, and service agencies can expect to improve themselves and strengthen their communities. By immersing participants in the creative process from beginning to end, and giving them ownership of the process, Resident Artists model the needed focus and rigor of their school and life.

Contact Mary Brenholts, Director of Artists in Schools & Communities, with inquiries.

Contact Information:
phone: 412-361-0873 *368
email: mbrenholts(at)pfpca(dot)org

The Artist Residency Program is brought to you with funding from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA). Matching funds are available for qualifying schools and community organizations.

The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (PCA) is a state agency charged with the development and promotion of the arts in the Commonwealth. To accomplish its mission, the PCA encourages educational excellence through participation in the creative process in schools and educational settings. Study of the arts provides Pennsylvania’s youth with positive models for teamwork, project management and goal setting, along with opportunities for academic achievement and intellectual and emotional discovery.

Recently, we have accomplished Artist Residency Projects at: Bobtown Elementary in Greene County, Familylinks, IU1 Colonial Campus, PPS Sunnyside, Highland Middle School, South Allegheny Elementary School, Hill House/Sweetwater Center for the Arts, PPS Linden, Falk School, South Fayette Intermediate School, PPS Beechwood, Sisters of St. Francis at Mt. Alvernia, Wylandville Elementary School, Tree Pittsburgh, Ambridge Middle School, Wash Arts, Penn Hills School District and plenty more!

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