Minnesota Museum of American Art is still beaming from the announcement of its National Endowment for the Arts “Our Town” grant, the only organization in Minnesota to receive this coveted award. With the City of St. Paul as a partner, the grant will fund community engagement and design activities in the MMAA’s much-anticipated Project Space in the Pioneer-Endicott Building, on the corner of Robert and 4th Streets on the edge of Lowertown.
“We are thrilled to receive this ringing endorsement for the MMAA’s renewed presence in the Lowertown area of Saint Paul,” said MMAA Executive Director Kristin Makholm. “The Our Town grant will allow the museum to build its future on the foundation of community interests and voices, within a significant piece of historic urban architecture, making it a truly engaged and embedded art museum for the 21st century.”
MMAA’s Our Town project will strengthen the existing arts and cultural district by transforming a vacant space into a vibrant, street-level art center that provides programming in coordination with artists, arts organizations, and other businesses in St. Paul and along the future Central Corridor Light Rail line. The gallery will create a place for civic engagement through a series of community-wide conversations with artists, community groups, arts and cultural organizations, educational institutions, and a wide audience across the Twin Cities metro.
The MMAA Project Space will open on December 1, 2012 with Painting the Place Between, an exhibition devoted to the Minnesota landscape and the unique vision of painters, both past and present. A preview weekend will coincide with St. Paul's Art Crawl (October 12-14) when the dynamic interaction of art and community will take place in the space prior to installation while still under construction.
This project is supported in part by an award from the
National Endowment for the Arts.
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