ATLANTA, GA.- The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia
is in the process of acquiring an acre of land in West Midtown, along Foster Street at The Goat Farm Arts Center to build a hoped-for new facility.
For nearly 2 decades, MOCA GA has been the only institution dedicated solely to supporting Georgias artists and providing the community with the opportunity to experience Georgias contemporary visual art through its exhibitions, collection and archives, and educational programming. By relocating to The Goat Farm, which is located in the center of Atlantas new and growing cultural scene in West Midtown, MOCA GA will magnify its ability to provide resources to the creative community while simultaneously being more visible and accessible to the public. This is exciting news, not just for the arts community, but for Georgia residents and beyond. Working together, MOCA GA and The Goat Farm have the potential to create a strong model of artistic nurturance for other cities to emulate, says MOCA GAs Co-Founder and Director Annette Cone-Skelton.
MOCA GA has worked collaboratively with The Goat Farm throughout the course of this project who voices a similar enthusiasm. Placing a prominent collecting and archiving museum on a cultural campus amongst hundreds of local artists with meaningful access to its programs and resources is an extremely rare opportunity. It would be a first in Atlanta, said The Goat Farms developer Anthony Harper. The potential is hard to predict, but I know it would be substantial. Sharing a campus would also mean both the Goat Farm and MOCA GA could transfer knowledge more efficiently, explore novel cooperative methods, and generate new modes of supporting and funding artists and artistic works.
MOCA GA is fortunate to have the opportunity to establish a new home at the Goat Farm. Both entities are unique in their shared mission to create environments that support artists and allow them to thrive. To be immersed in an arts-centric development, surrounded by visual artists and other creatives, could not be a better location for a contemporary art museum, states MOCA GAs Co-Founder and Director, Annette Cone-Skelton. Together, the close proximity of the Goat Farm and MOCA GA will establish a strong and lively new arts center for Atlanta.
World -class art exists in Atlanta and in Georgia and has through history. MOCA GA helps to provide a stage in which to embrace and showcase artists from Georgia and Atlanta specifically. The Museum and the artists respond to the current pulse of our culture in a unique way that highlights the souths interpretation of contemporary art, states MOCA GAs Co-Founder and Director, Annette Cone-Skelton.
Upon the success of the project, the Museum will be greatly visible and more accessible to the community at large. MOCA GA would own its facility making the institution stronger financially and anchoring it for future growth. As the institutional focal point of the Goat Farms new proposed campus, the museum has the potential for future expansion which would enhance its program offerings for its constituents.
MOCA GA is currently in a process of due diligence and engaging fundraising consultants to help the institution navigate this new chapter in its history. The museum is working with award winning firm Mack Scogin Merrill Elam Architects to design and build the new facility to required museum specifications, says MOCA GAs Board President, Philip Babb.