Art Inspires H.O.P.E.
Happiness. Observation. Problem-solving. Empathy.
As you know, since March 16, the Monterey Museum of Art (MMA) has been closed as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. The Museum’s temporary closure has been very challenging for all of us, yet as a creative team, we remain hopeful. MMA staff are quickly adapting to the many changes that have come our way recently, and the team is doing their very best to “put the pieces back together” with minimal resources. At this time of great uncertainty, we are resolute about one thing: Art Inspires H.O.P.E.
Art Inspires H.O.P.E., whether it is a third-grade student in awe of a painting in the galleries, or a parent who expresses gratitude for a digital activity to do with their child at home. We witness it every day—even now while we are working remotely and offering digital programs—people are happier with art. Many recognize how creative endeavors encourage observation and problem solving, but the arts are also important for encouraging empathy and our understanding of one another. This is especially needed now. With that, our temporary closure is affecting the Museum’s daily operations in several critical ways, and the economic, educational, and social impacts of our temporary closure are far reaching:
- Our annual Spring Gala, an event that generates one-quarter of MMA’s annual budget, has been postponed indefinitely—leaving us without crucial general operating and program support this fiscal year.
- We are also unable to offer other ticketed events, collect program fees, or receive admissions, and membership support has recently decreased.
- With a deficit in sight for the fiscal year, the Museum made a difficult decision to reduce our workforce during the pandemic—impacting each of the Museum’s departments.
- Additionally, MMA contracts local artists, musicians, arts professionals, and local businesses through its exhibitions, public programs, and events—and our closure is affecting the economic livelihoods of the creative individuals and businesses that normally partner with us in this way.
Even with current challenges, our #VirtualMMA programs and activities are inspiring hope and providing a positive outlet for community members struggling with isolation and fear. We invite you to visit our website or follow us on social media to access our family-friendly art activities, virtual art tours, interviews with artists, highlights from our permanent collection of art, and much more. ART Inspires H.O.P.E., and you can help us continue to share art and hope by participating in our digital activities, offering your comments and feedback, and if you are able, by making a donation today. We miss you and hope you are healthy and safe at home. We look forward to seeing you back in the galleries when we open our doors again, and we thank you so much for your support at this critical time.
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