Dear MarinMOCA Supporters:
When it's hard to see the future, it can be reassuring to look back. That's exactly what we've done recently as we put the finishing touches on our 2019 annual report. Our mission continues to move forward as we deliver exceptional exhibitions and educational programs for art-lovers of all ages. At this writing we are poised to reopen as soon as we can with renewed purpose. We can't wait to see you!
In the meantime, please have a look at the 2019 annual report that you can download here. Here are some notable accomplishments that I hope you can celebrate with us:
We greeted over 1,000 smiling faces as the 4th and 5th grade students of the Novato Unified School District visited our campus for our Art Enrichment program. Artist members Cindy Imhoff-Bruinincks and Kathy Lack served as master teachers for the students in their classrooms and on our campus. A group of enthusiastic volunteer docents led the students through a full morning of activities at the museum, including hands-on sessions with studio artists sharing diverse media from oil painting to fiber art.
Ciao bella! Our first international exhibition was a collaboration with the Friuli Mosaic School and the Italian Film Festival. Titled "50 Faces," the show included celebrity portraits by accomplished mosaic students from Italy. We brought two of these artists, Debora Franco and Denise Toson, to serve as artists-in-residence, where they taught adult classes and collaborated on a permanent mosaic installation at the Canal Alliance. The 50 Faces exhibit set new attendance records at MarinMOCA and helped us meet thousands of mosaic art lovers.
Families First! We launched our popular Family Days program which occurs the first Sunday of every month. On these days, families with children are free. They enjoy age-appropriate gallery tours led by our Family Day Coordinator, Julia Mayne, and they are invited to choose from several hands-on art projects which they complete together. From mark-making to multi-media, families are treated to a wonderful alternative to "screen time" as they make art together.
160 Member Artists participated in exhibitions designed to advance their careers. Our two member shows were "Beneath the Surface" and "Transcend." 24 of our member artists were featured in a special exhibit curated by Micah Lebrun at the Marin Community Foundation. We continued to place member art in venues around the county.
Visitors tell us their favorite activities include the Altered Book Exhibition, shopping at our beautifully-curated Museum Store, attending art talks, and honing their artistry in our studio art classes. For all of these activities we thank the over 200 volunteers who work tirelessly to make MarinMOCA the North Bay's best place for art. Most of our volunteers are artists, and we thank them especially for sharing their creative talents with us.
We also want to acknowledge the financial gifts of more than 450 MarinMOCA contributors. Their gifts account for 30% of the museum's income as shown in the attached annual report.
During this time of financial challenges for all non-profit organizations, we ask you to make a contribution to MarinMOCA today. Art can calm the soul, liven our emotions, and stimulate the mind. These are especially important today as we endure limits to our activities.
We hope you are well and sheltering safely. We look forward to greeting you in person in the future, and in the meantime, we'll "see you" online on our website and in our social channels.