The Project Space, which celebrated its two-year anniversary in December 2014, is MMAA’s only gallery for exhibitions and events while the museum builds a permanent facility in the Pioneer Endicott building. This gallery has been the museum’s “foot in the door” at this location, allowing us to present programming until design and construction of the permanent facility, which will include new galleries, classrooms, offices, retail, and a variety of gathering spaces, is complete. Until then, the Project Space will remain as the MMAA’s front door gallery to the community.
The Project Space is also a laboratory for investigating how the museum can serve the local community. Curator of Engagement Christina Chang has been hard at work building sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships with different collaborators to bring new, diverse audiences into the museum’s artistic and educational activities. In the past two years, MMAA has partnered with organizations such as the McNally Smith College of Music, the Saint Paul Public Library, Saint Paul Public Schools, Twin Cities Public Television, Opportunity Partners (serving people with disabilities), and Rainbow Rumpus, which publishes literature for children and youth with lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) parents.
MMAA remains committed to hiring from the pool of talented artists and independent scholars in the area to lead teaching initiatives, art-making projects, and discussions. The large artist community in nearby Lowertown is a natural partner for MMAA, and the Project Space is an active participant with the Saint Paul Art Crawl and Lowertown First Fridays. The Project Space additionally serves local artists by functioning as a community gallery that occasionally hosts shorter-term experimental projects.
MMAA will keep the momentum going in 2015-2016 with an exciting line-up of exhibitions and programs. Check out our exhibition schedule, or join our online mailing list to stay on top of all our upcoming events, exhibition openings, and other exciting opportunities.