OUR ORGANIZATION

Mission

Future Tenant provides a laboratory setting for artists, arts managers and audiences to explore the limits of the creative expression, presentation and interpretation of various art forms. 

Vision

It is the vision of Future Tenant to become Pittsburgh’s destination for innovative artistic experiences from across all visual, literary and performing disciplines. The Pittsburgh audience will know that wherever Future Tenant gathers a group of artists, there can be found a constantly changing menu of vibrant, provocative new work. Patrons will clamor to learn of the next program, and emerging artists will fervently apply for the chance to launch their career through a show at Future Tenant. Carnegie Mellon students will compete for the opportunity to kick start their own careers through a complete management experience at Future Tenant. 

Values

In our artistic and managerial decisions, the staff and board of Future Tenant value: 

  • All disciplines of artistic expression

  • Public understanding and education of new artists and art forms

  • Emerging artists

  • A provocative, thoughtful, timely and contemporary aesthetic

  • A laboratory setting, where artistic and creative risk-taking and innovation are the norm

  • Professional attitudes

  • A sense of determination to understand, employ and evaluate the administration and management of art forms

  • A community of art appreciators and artists as audience members and patrons

  • Professional development for artists and arts managers

  • Transparent and effective communication between artists and managers of the artistic and administrative process

  • Diversity representation in our artists, staff and audience

Our Space

A unique quality of Future Tenant, which inspired our name, is that we are not permanently located anywhere. 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. We are thankful for the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, which for the past few years has donated our 819 Penn Avenue space, and look forward to expanding our involvement throughout the Pittsburgh community.

Future Tenant will be limiting standard operations for the 2018-19 academic year in order to take the necessary time to plan, prioritize, and re-strategize the next incarnation of this initiative, and our experiential learning models as a whole. We do plan to remain “digitally active” during this time, as well as offer arts programming on a pop-up basis. Please continue to visit our website and our social media channels to learn about upcoming events, programs and news.  

Future Tenant was founded not as a space, but as a learning laboratory for arts management practice – and a product of creative inquiry with rooting values of artistic excellence, learning innovation, smart failure, agile experimentation, and mobility. There is a considerable amount of learning to be had for our students during this process, and we look forward to re-ideating “the Future of Future Tenant” and sharing the next incarnation of this initiative with artists and audiences across Pittsburgh.