Attractions Management Issue 1 2021

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Pittsburgh Children’s Museum’s Tough Art programme challenges artists to create art strong enough to withstand children’s eager hands. Programme manager Lacey Murray talks unexpected responses and weathering the pandemic with Magali Robathan


pened in 1983 in the old Allegheny Post Office in Pittsburgh’s Northside, the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh (CMP) is a

hands-on, interactive children’s museum. The museum’s Tough Art Residency Program,

which was launched in 2007, challenges emerging and established artists to rethink their work for a new audience – children – while also enabling the museum to grow its collection of interactive artwork accessible to everyone. Each year, several artists are selected to work with the museum and its visitors through the course of the year, culminating in the creation of new artworks to be displayed in an exhibition at the end of the residency.

In 2017 Shohei Katayama showcased his kinetic sound artwork Nimbus Drum

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