Outreach Programs

TACT | Teen Apprentice in Craft and Technology

The TACT program will launch in January 2022 with a pilot cohort of 10 teens from the Pittsburgh region.  They will explore the intersection of Craft and Technology while working in Contemporary Craft’s three Studios.  By the end of the program all participants will be certified to use the Rabbit Laser Cutter and will have completed a capstone project of their own design.


Participants will meet at Contemporary Craft once a month during after school hours for a 3-hour workshop in one of Contemporary Craft’s three Studios.  They will learn how to design digital files to run the Rabbit Laser, and work with metal, fibers, and wood. 

Open Studio

TACT participants will have the option of attending teen open studio once a month to continue working on the skills they have learned in the workshops.


Throughout the course of the program, participants will have Zoom sessions with professional artists who use technology in their daily craft practice.


The pilot cohort of teens will spend one week in June at Contemporary Craft to complete a project of their own design that incorporates craft with technology.


Workshops | 3:30-6:30pm

Open Studio | 3:30-6:30pm

Capstone Week

·      January 12

·      February 9

·      March 9

·      April 13

·      May 11

·      January 19

·      February 16

·      March 16

·      April 20

·      May 18

·      June 13-17

Pro-sessions | TBD


Any student in grades 9-12 with a strong interest in craft.


The TACT program is FREE for all participants.


Bus passes for Pittsburgh public transit will be provided for students upon request.


Please contact Allison Jones, Education Manager, with any questions at ajones@contemporarycraft.org.