The Jacksonville Museum of Modern Art, Inc. Overview
The Museum's mission continues to give prominence to educational programs for all age groups, with the objective of enhancing our understanding and appreciation of the contemporary world by exploring the art of our time. The Museum is expanding its collections and continues to host exhibits of the finest examples of modern art, celebrating regional, as well as national and international, artistic achievement. Special emphasis is be placed on reaching out to young people from underserved neighborhoods.
The Museum began in 1924 as the Jacksonville Fine Arts Society, the city's first organization devoted to the visual arts. In 1936, it collaborated with the WPA Federal Art project to form the Civic Art Institute, an experimental art gallery. Following the close of the WPA project, the Fleming residence on Riverside Avenue, was acquired in 1947 to be used for exhibition, office and classroom space. It was incorporated as the Jacksonville Art Museum in 1948.
In 1999 the Museum acquired the historic Western Union Telegraph building in downtown Jacksonville for use as its new facility. Once renovated the Museum will house its permanent collection, traveling exhibitions, classrooms for art education, a museum store, and a cafe. A capital campaign to fund the renovations as well as to supplement the Museum's endowment will begin in fall of 2001.
In the interim, the Museum has organized its permanent collections into a series of exhibitions that will tour regional colleges, universities, and art centers through the year 2000. Important works from the Museum's collection are also on exhibition at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Through its educational outreach program, City Kids in the Classroom, the Museum offers art-based literacy classes in underserved schools within the "Mayor's Intensive Care Neighborhoods."
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