Children's Museum

10 am–5 pm Daily

Tough Art

This innovative artist residency program challenges artists and audiences to rethink their ideas of interactive museum experiences in one of the toughest venues – a children’s museum. Participating artists learn how their artworks connect with visitors outside of the typical museum environment, and what it takes to create artwork that can sustain the rigors of a hands-on environment.

Lake Light
Light Showers
Mechanical Masterpieces

Tough Art 2018 Artists:

Isaac Levine, Lake Light
Lake Light is a kinetic sculpture that uses LED lights and ping pong balls propelled back and forth by fans to simulate the lights and sounds of moonlight bouncing on lake water. See new things in repetitive patterns!

Miranda Miller and Lumi Barron, Light Showers
Inspired by the joy of finding rainbows in the spray from a garden hose, Light Showers encourages visitors to create their own mist fall and discover the hidden rainbows that float within it.

Neil Mendoza, Mechanical Masterpieces
Mechanical Masterpieces is a gallery of classical art reimagined for the 21st century. Viewers can switch, disco, poke, water and inflate paintings to their heart’s content.

To learn how you can apply for the Tough Artist program, click here.