October 27, 2016

IN THE COMMUNITY: Plumbing Museum Provides Opportunities for Rising Artists

One of our passions as an organization is to find ways of doing good in our community, and since 2009, advancing the mission of the Plumbing Museum is one way we can give back.  With that in mind, we are proud to share in the announcement of the ribbon cutting and launch of the Manoog Family Artist in Residency Program, a new cultural initiative being offered to the Watertown and Greater Boston communities.  Designed to support careers in both the arts and trades, the program provides artists with the financial and physical resources needed to explore the relationship between art and industrial technology.  Named after the founding family of the Plumbing Museum, the Manoog Family Artist in Residency Program offers artists the opportunity to harness their passion and creativity to produce meaningful artwork, develop their skills and give back to the community, all within the space found at the Plumbing Museum and right here at Cannistraro. manoog-studio-ribbon-cutting-2

“The chance to spend three months in an exclusive studio surrounded by science, art and history is truly exciting to an artist,” explains Sasha Parfenova, Museum Program Coordinator.  “By the end of each residency, our artists will develop lasting artwork for themselves, the museum and the community, while helping us fulfill our mission of building awareness for the plumbing industry.”  As part of the program, selected artists are provided with full access to studio work space, fabrication and welding resources, materials and a cash award. Beginning this week, the program welcomes its first resident artist, Ryan Leitner, a recent graduate of Tufts University – School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.  The fall residency will conclude with an exhibition in the Plumbing Museum in January 2017.  Applications for future residencies can be submitted here.  Fore more about the museum and its programs, visit ThePlumbingMuseum.org.

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