It is an exciting time at the Museum. In October 2014, I celebrated one year as Executive Director. It is my honor and pleasure to serve in this role and to work with the dedicated Board of Trustees and talented staff. Earlier this year we celebrated the Museum’s 55th anniversary, an occasion to reflect on its foundations and traditions as we chart its future course and build on the momentum.
We invite you to review the Annual Report for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014 for insights on the Museum’s activities, accomplishments, and impact on the community. As a cultural leader in Monterey County, the Museum puts visitors first, offering a wide array of accessible, welcoming, and substantive experiences with art. We are also happy to share in-depth reports presented in March and July 2014 on our strategic work in partnership with the Board of Trustees that detail current activities and our vision for the future.
In keeping with our mission, the Museum’s collections and exhibitions focus on California art—past, present, and future. We are proud to present works from the Museum’s distinguished collections at both locations. With the new season of exhibitions at MMA La Mirada we launch that location as our primary venue for special exhibitions, with exciting shows on view now and planned into 2016.
Both locations celebrate dialogues between past and present and we are delighted to announce new initiatives at MMA Pacific Street. It is being “re-imagined” with dynamic presentations of the Museum’s permanent collection, an expanded and more prominent Community Gallery focusing on collaborative partnerships, and engaging educational and programs. These changes position MMA Pacific Street as a gathering place where art, ideas, and community intersect, anchored by our permanent collection. Our strengths are in historical, modern, and contemporary art: paintings, prints and drawings, and photographs (our largest collection area, representing 40% of the Museum’s collection).
2014 brought positive changes for our visitors, as we are now open at both locations Thursdays through Mondays, 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; and Thursday evenings at MMA La Mirada until 8:00 pm. The Museum offers a broad array of educational and public programs. Please subscribe to our e-news, like MMA on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and visit our website often for updates on exhibitions, educational programs, and events. We have a new calendar feature on the website for ease of reference.
The Museum offers complimentary membership to active military and full-time college/university students with valid I.D. Children under 18 are always free. The benefits of Membership are many and we invite you to join.
Connecting people with art is our primary goal, and all are welcome. We look forward to seeing you at the Museum, and for our virtual visitors, we hope that MMA will be a destination for you soon.
Charlotte Eyerman, PhD