Museum of Outdoor Arts

Making Art a Part of Everyday Life

aka MOA   |   ENGLEWOOD, CO   |  http://moaonline.org

Mission

Making art a part of everyday life

Ruling year info

1982

President and Executive Director

Cynthia Madden Leitner

Main address

1000 ENGLEWOOD PKWY STE 2-230

ENGLEWOOD, CO 80110 USA

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EIN

74-2234944

NTEE code info

Art Museums (A51)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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MOA's biggest challenge is to stay current, relevant and interesting while fulfilling our mission, purpose and vision. MOA continually seeks to explore innovative ways to bring the arts to the widest audience possible. Through collaborative efforts with emerging and professional artists, students, and like-minded organizations, MOA strives to achieve its mission of making art accessible to every community, arts patron, citizen, and advocate regardless of socioeconomic status, ability, or education. This means bringing art to the community in unexpected ways and in unexpected places, as well as providing education on the public art process.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Exhibitions

In 2000, MOA opened its indoor galleries, studios, and offices in the
Englewood Civic Center, where it welcomes residents and visitors to
exhibitions, extensive educational opportunities, performances and
special events. MOA is continuously experimenting with and
improving its exhibition spaces, both indoor and outdoor, which are
offered for little to no fee for all. In 2018-19, MOA is renovating its
sculpture garden, Marjorie Park, in order to maximize art exhibition
space as well as program and event potential. In 2019, MOA’s
programming will undergo a major shift with the introduction of an
immersive installation experience, which will encompass all indoor
galleries for the duration of one year.

Population(s) Served

MOA’s premier education program, Design and Build, continues to be
one of our strongest offerings for youth. Each year, MOA hosts two to
four sessions of the program. In 2017, the Museum conducted two
outreach Design and Build programs: one with Englewood High
School in which an all female team of high school artists painted a
large community mural in downtown Englewood, and a second with
the sculpture program at the University of Colorado, Denver and the
Arvada Center. We also hosted one professional artist session that
resulted in a public sculpture exhibition in Greenwood Village, and
one in-house session of the program in which twelve students from
various backgrounds created a gallery exhibition over the course of
the summer.
To mentor the youth participants in the downtown Englewood mural
project, MOA partnered with the founder of the RiNo Colorado Crush
mural arts program, Robin Munro and muralist Megan Walker. By
partnering with highly respected muralists in the community, students
were able to gain further insight and knowledge to the mural making
process.
The final session of Design and Build was conducted in-house. For
this program, MOA recruited emerging artists and undergraduate art
students for an 8-week residency in the MOA studio and galleries.
Under the guidance of a local artist, the participants collaboratively
created a body of work for our indoor gallery. Participating youth
receive mentorship from professional artists and gain the ability to
cross-train in multiple art disciplines.

Population(s) Served

Each year MOA hosts two - three Artist in Residence programs in which artists establish a studio presence in the MOA workshops. During the three - four months artists occupy the studio space, the artists create work for MOA exhibitions, or public art collaborations. Artists allow the public to visit during the day for a look behind the scenes into the individual artist's processes, as well as host various workshops and lectures in the studio and in within the Englewood schools.

Population(s) Served

Each year MOA establishes a budget for support and collaboration with other organizations to realize external projects, not exclusively part of MOA programming. This collaborative effort is called "Powered by MOA". Previous projects have included the Denver Chalk Art Festival, "Unbound: Sculpture in the Field" with the Arvada Center, "Underground Reign" at the Underground Music Showcase, the Unicorn Festival in Denver, various projects with the City of Englewood, CO including the Englewood Block Party and the Sounds of Summer concert series, The Urban Forest with PLACE in St. Louis Park, MN, as well as the Sonic Bloom Festival in Spanish Peaks, CO.

Population(s) Served

Most of the MOA collection is represented in its public art collections located within the City of Englewood and the City of Greenwood Village. In addition to its permanent collection, which MOA adds to annually, MOA also hosts temporary rotating public art exhibitions for these communities by placing temporary public sculpture in office parks, near transit lines, and in other unexpected places to enrich the daily experience of citizens.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

MOA strives to adhere to its beliefs in the
following principles:
• Art communicates;
• A complete environment includes art;
• Art should be integrated into everyday life.
• There is intrinsic value in a quality arts experience;
• Discovery and invention happens through collaboration;
• Art education fosters an inventive work force and culturally
aware society

MOA will continue to adjust programming and gallery space in an effort to meet community needs and use resources most effectively. With the help of board, staff, and outside consultants, MOA constantly reviews its programs and makes changes that raise its profile as a community arts asset and help it to better serve the citizens of Arapahoe County with the resources that are available. One such challenge that has come up is to be able to continue to support emerging artists at a higher level. As a result of this challenge, MOA is developing a new Fellowship program that we hope to launch in late 2018 or early 2019.

MOA has a very robust pool of emerging artists with whom we have worked through decades of the Design and Build arts education program and other collaborative efforts. These young artists inform MOA on best practices and challenges they face in the contemporary public art landscape, which allows MOA to develop relevant and meaningful programming. Through these programs and opportunities for emerging artists, MOA can effectively contribute to public art and community building not just for the patrons of the arts, but for the artists and creative minds our mission supports.

MOA believes that collaboration with other organizations enriches the experience both for audiences and for the collaborating organizations. We always work in collaboration with our exhibiting artists and local gallery partners to enrich our gallery programming. In our performance offerings, we ask the performers to be the creators of a unique program, not just presenters of an unoriginal performance. This creates success for all involved- the presenters, the performance artists, the participating organizations, and the audience.

Accessibility and collaboration are intertwined as we work with artists and performers to plan and implement programs that will be well received and attended by our community. MOA has a long history of collaborative activities with such entities as Arapahoe Libraries, Black Cube, Arvada Center, RedLine, Denver Arts and Venues, Arts Brookfield, the Athena Project, the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, ZIKR Dance, Lumonics, Prismajic, Underground Music Showcase, Colorado Public Television, Lunar Fire, the Denver Chalk Art Festival, Up Close and Musical, the cities of Englewood and Greenwood Village, Curtis Center, Art Students League, AEG Live Rocky Mountain and many other businesses, artists and organizations.

In 2017, one of MOA's most significant collaborations was with Bill Kennedy, a professional inflatable sculpture artist. MOA commissioned an installation series of three monumental inflatable sculptures called “Creatura Psychedelica." We had our kick-off installation event at Marjorie Park in Arapahoe County, which over 500 patrons attended. We then collaborated with many other to tour this installation to other Arapahoe County events such as the Englewood Block Party, the Sounds of Summer concert series in Englewood, the Glow event in Greenwood Village, as well as Fiddler's Green concerts. We also partnered with others outside of Arapahoe County like the Underground Music Showcase, the Slow Food Festival on Larimer Square, the Sonic Bloom festival in rural south Colorado, the Arvada Center and the Unicorn Festival. These collaborations have proven so successful, that the installation has already been reserved by several of these collaborators again as well as new partners.

Financials

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Museum of Outdoor Arts

Board of directors
as of 4/29/2019
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Board chair

Cynthia Madden Leitner

Museum of Outdoor Arts

Term: 1985 -

Kelley Bergmann

FANUM Club

Eric Siler

Think Like a Genius Foundation

David Windfeldt

AMG National Trust Bank

Parker Johnson

Foxfire Studios

Paul Leitner

UC Health Anschutz