Children's Museum

10am–5pm Daily

A photo of "Animated Music Machine" from Stephen Malinowski.

Tough Art

Now Open

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. 

Tough Art 2017 Artists are:

Arvid Tomayko and Hannah Gene Thompson, Urchin Searchin Sound
Discover a large-scale coral reef made up of tactile, soft sculptures that translate touch into sound.

Megan Flod Johnson, The Nest
Imagine and build a giant nest alongside facilitator-performers who help to reveal the story of a mythical creature that resides within the Museum.

Shohei Katayama, Nimbus Drum
Interact with a kinetic sound artwork in which clashing metal beads not only create sound, but affect an installation of overhanging clouds, in order to call attention to the smaller things in life that are oftentimes overlooked.

Robert Zacharias, Drawn Together
Taking inspiration from the classic Etch A Sketch toy, this piece encourages collaboration and interaction between two visitors to create a digital drawing.

About the Tough Art program:

Learn how you can apply for the Tough Artist program, or other artist residencies at the Museum, here.