Minnesota Museum of American Art has a rich legacy of supporting artists through exhibition, employment, enrichment, and acquisition. Artists are the lifeblood of any engaged art museum of the present day.
MMAA believes in artists as creative capital. This is illustrated through exhibitions devoted to American artists and craftspeople of all types and all ages, acquisition of the work of Minnesota artists to represent our arts and culture for future generations of art lovers, including an ongoing Minnesota Triennial, and artists engaged and employed with MMAA as teachers, speakers, participants, models, and mentors.
4,000 works of art that tell a rich and unique story of American Art, our region, and ourselves. Collection includes:
Arts education is a crucial way that MMAA can make a difference in the lives of lifelong learners and school children. MMAA will be focused on providing engaging experiences that unleash creativity no matter what the program.
A 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts conducted by the National Endowment for the Arts, states that nearly one-third of all American adults (67 million) both attend and create, or perform art. Here’s what we plan to do for these folks:
In 1972, Minnesota Museum of Art was the only organization in the region providing arts classes for children. While arts education in Minneapolis and the West Metro is currently being amply supported, St. Paul and East Metro schools do not enjoy the same benefits. To begin to fill this gap, MMAA will offer:
MMAA will reestablish itself as a dynamic arts center, a place where the arts of many cultural traditions can come together to be appreciated by audiences of all ages. No other arts institution in the region will identify itself in such a fundamental way with its communities and constituents.