When people think of the Mystic Museum of Art, what often comes to mind are the diverse exhibitions highlighting some of Southeastern Connecticut’s best artists. Whether it be the premier school age exhibition of the Young at Art show, or the current exhibition of the Connecticut Academy of Fine Arts great works can always be found hanging in its galleries.

But the Mystic Museum of Art (MMoA) is more than just a museum; it is a venue for the whole community. Establishing partnerships with a variety of businesses and organizations within New London County is a pillar of the Museum’s mission “to inspire creativity and critical dialogue by engaging the regional community in the understanding, appreciation and practice of visual art.”

Supporting the local economy
Recently the MMoA and the Greater Mystic Chamber of Commerce have hosted a regional job fair where over 50 students from area schools interviewed with local businesses for jobs. Also on hand was a job coach who worked with the students to help prepare their resume and fine tune their interview skills.  Every other Thursday the Mystic Business Network International (BNI) group meets in their gallery and shares referrals and business networking ideas.

Supporting the local arts community
Six times a year, Christie Williams and the Mystic Arts Café host an evening of poetry in the Davis gallery. Opening with a reading by a local poet, followed by live music from an area musician, the night culminates with a nationally renowned poet sharing their work. Each August, during the Mystic Outdoor Art festival, downtown Mystic is transformed into a wonderful center for artists to showcase and sell their diverse art. The Mystic Museum of Art hosts the artist breakfast the Saturday morning of the festival. At this event a juror picks out the best pieces of art that are submitted by the various vendors, and those pieces are then displayed for the MOAF attendees to view.

Supporting the local community
The Mystic Museum of Art also hosts fundraisers for local organizations. Whether it is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade fundraiser or the Noank Community Services gala, the MMoA opens its doors to the local community. The staff of the Museum also goes out into the community, sharing the opportunities the Museum has to offer. Recently the Museum gave presentations at the Mystic Masonicare Veterans Coffeehouse and at the Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Program for mid-level professionals.

Sharing the fun in art
With community programming like Art After Dark, Artini, and the classes offered in the MMoA studios, the Museum is also a place for young and old to renew their love of art. Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned artist, there is an MMoA program for you to enjoy. Also, the talented MMoA faculty can be found sharing their skill and passion for the arts with the many students in local elementary, middle, and high schools.

With an amazing exhibition schedule planned for the remainder of 2018 and into the 2019 calendar year, the Mystic Museum of Art continues to showcase some of the finest works in the area. The Museum’s permanent collection features some of the biggest names in the history of local art: Davis, Boronda, Gesner, Soderberg, Brackman, Fuller, Stein, and Bates. But, the MMoA is more than just a museum, and does a lot to enhance the community it shares. If you have not been in the Mystic Museum of Art’s galleries recently, consider giving them a visit and becoming a member soon.