The Art Out of the Box project sets up artist studios in modified trailer boxes in five neighborhoods (Friendship, Lawrenceville, Polish Hill, South Side, and Central Northside). Pittsburgh City artists chosen to participate in each of these “Art Boxes” will have one week (40 hours) to create an original piece of visual art. The Art Boxes will be open to the public so that residents can see the artistic experience firsthand and interact with the artists. The goal is to demystify the creative process, create conversation about the value and importance of local art and to connect artists with community development groups and community residents. The entire process will be filmed by artist Chris Ivey and the resulting works of art — along with the documentaries — will be shown at a public art exhibit as part of the Downtown Gallery Crawl. The artworks will ultimately be donated to community development centers in the neighborhoods where they were created.
The concept was created by artist Samantha McDonough who has a longtime interest in community-based art initiatives and who will be the project manager. Art Out of the Box has the support of the following groups: The Sprout Fund, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, Friendship Development Associates, South Side Local Development Company, Polish Hill Civic Association, Central Northside Neighborhood Council and The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.
Those professional artists — new or established — interested in participating in an Art Box residency can find out more information at the Art Out of the Box website and can download an application here. They’re looking for artists who have “outgoing personalities” and who can engage with the public while working. Applications will be accepted between January 17 and 5 p.m. on February 18, 2011. Chosen artists will receive a fee of $720 and an additional $250 materials stipend.