The Project Space is MMAA’s laboratory for investigating how the museum can serve the local community. It is also a foot in the door to a building that may potentially be our new home in St. Paul. Our ultimate goal is to find and occupy a permanent home in the state capital, and the historic Pioneer building has emerged as a promising location for the placement of a renewed and retooled museum.
In the meantime, Curator of Engagement Christina Chang has been hard at work building strong, sustainable and mutually beneficial partnerships with different collaborators to bring new, diverse audiences into the museum’s artistic, educational, and community activities. D.I.Y. Printing: Presses Not Required (March 7-April 28, 2013) is a testament to her commitment not only to local artists and arts educators, but to the artist in us all.
The planning process was collaborative at every stage, from artist selection to programming, and as always, meaningful connection is the primary goal. The museum’s relationship with the Lowertown artist community has reached an unprecedented level of teamwork, and we hosted official launch party for the spring edition of Saint Paul Art Crawl. We’re also a key partner in Northern Spark, and will have a not-to-be-missed installation of nationally-recognized local artists on view. Exhibition-related programming will amply offer opportunities to meet the featured artists, hear about their process, and make art alongside them.
These connections are paying off as more and more new friends are introduced to the museum. A number of opportunities to be a part of planning for the new MMAA are scheduled for the coming months. Stop in, and if you see Christina, don’t be a stranger and say hello!