Mystic Museum of Art reached a seminal moment in its growth when, in 2013, we celebrated our 100th year in existence. There was no better time to examine our value to the community and project the programmatic and structural changes that would be needed to serve our community for the next century. With input from community members, board, staff and MMoA members, we are completing a strategic planning process, which will guide us over the next three years. While the plan confirms the good work we have been doing it also suggests other areas of improvement and imperatives to better fulfill our mission with exhibition and education programs, audience building, enhancing our facilities and ensuring the financial stability of the organization for years to come. We will announce the findings of our plan in early fall.
As in past years, and particularly now, your Annual Fund gift is even more important to our long-term commitment to our mission. The Fund supports our operating budget and allows us to be open seven days a week, offer educational classes to children and adults, provide outreach classes for area public schools, and organize exhibitions for regional artists all with free admission to our galleries ensuring access for everyone.
We hope as you read this you see the bright future ahead for Mystic Museum of Art, and help us to reach our vision and financial goal of $30,000 through a generous donation to our Annual Fund.
Your Gift Makes A Difference
MMoA offers arts education for over 3,200 children and adults annually in our studios on the Mystic River. Our art exhibitions provide artists of all levels and styles the opportunity to show their work in a museum-quality setting. MMoA exhibited nearly 1,900 pieces of local and regional art in 2014.
Cultural events at MMoA broaden the arts experience. Events such as Langston Hughes Poetry Reading, Art After Dark, MIX and Art In the Evening stimulate discussion and spark connections. MMoA welcomed over 22,000 visitors last year.
MMoA’s programming extends into the community with educational outreach connecting art with school curricula. MMoA instructors travel to classrooms or teach onsite in our galleries and studios. We worked with over 3100 students in 2014 from area schools. Our Young At Art (YAA) Exhibition allows children from the area, 18 and under, to have a piece of art displayed in our gallery. In 2014, YAA exhibited 954 individual and 19 group entries.