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  • New Lost & Found Poster!

    Wonder how the Lost & Found Factory works? Wonder no further. Thanks to Alec Van Staveren we've got a poster that explains!
  • 13 Radical Whispers Poster!

    Thanks for visiting! Here you can download your copy of the 13 Radical Whispers poster!

  • Lost & Found Factory is going to Texas!

    The Lost + Found Factory was recently invited to visit University of North Texas in Denton in February as part of Mary Jo and V. Lane Rawlins Fine Arts Series. This new version will be redesigned as a pop-up factory and will be operated by UNT young artists and fingers crossed, some of the amazing…

  • Design Week Portland!

    Design Week Portland! Design & Citizenship: Using the Green Loop as a Tool for Social Good April 27, 2017 How can the Green Loop serve the people of Portland and encourage civic engagement? Join artists Michelle Illuminato and Ariana Jacob to investigate the social aspects of urban space, unpack pressing needs and challenges for locals and…

  • Activating vacant spaces: Re:NEW Festival highlights creative reuse

    Arts Loud & Clear  Pittsburgh Post Gazette by Adam Reger, August 29, 2016 When the Re:NEW Festival, a month-long celebration of creative reuse, sustainability, and transformation hits Pittsburgh on September 9, Neu Kirche Contemporary Arts Center will be ready. That’s because one of the arts organization’s most striking—and highly visible—exhibits, the Fallow Grounds sculpture series, is…

  • A community bake oven fills a vacant lot on the North Side

    A Community Bake Oven Fills A Vacant Lot in the North Side Adrian McCoy  June 21, 2016 Pittsburgh Post Gazette Neu Kirche invited three artists “to engage with a space on the North Side and to activate it,” said artist M. Michelle Illuminato, who has transformed one lot into “Tripoli Street BakeYard” — a place where…

  • Tripoli Street BakeYard

    Tripoli Street BakeYard sprouting up in vacant North Side lot May 13, 2016 By Maya Henry / NEXT Pittsburgh A handmade cob bake oven and a huge arrow-shaped picnic table for community gatherings will soon transform a vacant lot on the North Side into a culturally vibrant space. As part of Fallow Grounds, a series of…

  • Three Rivers Arts fest continues to evolve

    “The work that most successfully integrated was Michelle Illuminato’s “Lost & Found Factory,” which invited visitors to describe an object, person or event that had been lost, and provided a symbolic replacement for it, created by artists on site. Demand was so high that daily intake had to be restricted.”   Three Rivers Arts fest continues…

  • CBS/KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live Interview

    Lost & Found Factory At Three Rivers Arts Festival Michelle Illuminato visited Pittsburgh Today Live with hosts Kristine Sorensen and Jon Burnett to talk about the Lost & Found Factory on Monday June 8, 2015.     Watch the CBS/KDKA Pittsburgh Today Live interview here: http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/3184200-lost-found-factory-at-three-rivers-arts-festival/ watch the interview here!   SaveSave

  • Lost & Found Factory revives missing objects as public art

    “At the Lost & Found Factory, what is gone is not forgotten, nor is it ever truly gone. Artist M. Michelle Illuminato is helping them reconnect to what they miss.” Lost & Found Factory revives missing objects as public art at Three Rivers Arts Festival By Gabe Rosenberg/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Photos: Allison Farrand/Post-Gazette At the Lost & Found…

  • Arts Festival’s “Lost & Found” Serves as Healing Factory

    Arts Festival’s “Lost & Found” Serves as Healing Factory “In a little building of steel and glass along Liberty Avenue Extension, people share a story of something they’ve lost: What did it look like, what did it sound like, how did it taste, why do you want it back? They are encouraged to sketch a…

  • Unveiling and Unmuting: How To Spend the Remaining Days of the Arts Fest

    Unveiling and Unmuting: How To Spend the Remaining Days of the Arts Fest Christopher Maggio – June 7, 2015 “…I will soon be reunited with my long-lost puppy, gone since I was two years old. Carpenter, intake operator for the Lost + Found Factory by M. Michelle Illuminato, asked me to describe the puppy on…