A catalyst for creative research and conversation
A community-building project and celebration
A collaborative initiative of Kelly-Strayhorn Theater and Carnegie Museum of Art
KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL supports three interrelated activities.
1/Research: up to 20 small grants to research concepts of “international”
An open call to arts activators will invite short proposals (200 words or less) that frame a research question, budget, and approach to KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL. Sample questions: What does “international” mean for your audience? How does your program connect to an international network? Sample proposals: travel to an exhibition or institution; bring a colleague here; conduct interviews with focus groups. A Review Panel will meet for one day to read the proposals and award the grants. The Panel will consist of three community members and the Co-chairs. Key criteria will be the imaginative potential of the research to create a sense of community; the recognition of the diversity of spaces for art; the fostering of the rich ecology of approaches and programs and the variety of audiences across Pittsburgh; and the practical scope of the proposed research.
2/Congress: a celebratory supper for research grant recipients & a daylong public symposium.
Following the selection process, a celebratory supper will bring together participants to meet and share their research topics. Six months later, participants will reconvene to interpret and present their findings at a daylong symposium. What form these presentations take is open to discovery. Maps? manifestos? slideshows? poetry? performance? Successful research often leads to the unexpected. Short and lively presentations will be followed by an open dialogue session, then snacks. This symposium is sure to be a catalyst for an on-going exchange of ideas, approaches, questions, and visions. There are as many arts and culture communities in Pittsburgh as there are neighborhoods; this is one of the things that makes the city increasingly vibrant. The symposium will be free and open to the public.
3/Publication: an essay in the catalogue for the 2018 Carnegie International exhibition.
A writer will be commissioned to attend and document the symposium with an interpretive essay. Reflecting on the research, the presentations, and the conversation that follows, this essay will tell the city a story about its cultural community, at the same time sharing it with thousands of readers outside of Pittsburgh. “KEYWORD: INTERNATIONAL” will be published in the catalogue for the 2018 Carnegie International, which will investigate the meaning of the word “international” for the contemporary art world. Pittsburgh’s own case-study will be a bold and relevant contribution.