What is Future Tenant?

Future Tenant’s mission is to provide a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers, and audiences to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation, and interpretation of various art forms. Future Tenant was founded in 2002 as an initiative of Carnegie Mellon University’s College of Fine Arts and Carnegie Mellon’s Master of Arts Management program, with the collaboration of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust.

Future Tenant is a space for (emerging) art that features a diverse array of work by emerging, established, local and national artists. Future Tenant hosts visual exhibitions, theatrical productions, musical performances, and so on and so forth.

Our Space

A unique quality of Future Tenant, which inspired our name, is that we are not permanently located anywhere. Our current space is at 819 Penn Avenue, where we have been operating for several years. Our building is donated by the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust as part of an effort to re-invigorate the Downtown Cultural District of Pittsburgh. We are proud and thankful for our current space, but we could be moved to a new location at any time. This characteristic of our organization inspires us to focus on innovation, experimentation, and risk-taking when selecting artists to be featured in our programming calendar.