CALGARY, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Today's joint announcement by the city's
Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA) and Institute of Modern and
Contemporary Art (IMCA) marks a new chapter in Calgary's cultural
development. IMCA and MOCA share a common aspiration: to support
Calgary as a centre of excellence in the visual arts and today the two
organizations announced an MOU that sees the start of a joint endeavor
to realize that ambition.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary will present the best regional,
national and international contemporary art, design and new media and
deliver education programs and related activities that engage the wider
community in the enjoyment of the visual arts. Michael Doyle, Chairman
of MOCA said in a statement today "MOCA, in its various guises, has
been presenting the visual arts in Calgary since the late 1980s and our
intuition tells us that this is the right moment in the city's
evolution to take the next big step. We've been gaining momentum over
the past year and our partnership with IMCA is part of the snowball
effect as we head towards our goal of establishing a new venue for the
visual arts in Calgary that the city can be proud of."
IMCA Chairman, D'Arcy Levesque added that "We are delighted to be
partnering with MOCA at this pivotal moment in Calgary's economic and
social development. Our city is growing and so is the appetite for
culture amongst all sections of our population. Joining forces with
MOCA allows us to align our resources towards a common goal of
establishing a dedicated museum for contemporary art - offering
Calgarians and visitors exceptional opportunities to connect with the
art of our times."
The partners are currently reviewing a short list of preferred and
potential locations in the city Centre, including existing buildings
and new developments. "In pursuit of our goal, we are in dialogue with
a number of civic agencies," says Mr Levesque "and we recognize that
there is a lot of competing demand for the very best available sites.
We see this competition as very positive however, and it makes us even
more determined to put forward what we believe is a compelling case to
establish a world class centre for the visual arts in Calgary."
MOCA's Artistic Director, Jeffrey Spalding reinforced this message of
strength through collaboration, noting "We are stronger and more
effective when we all work cooperatively together. Calgarians have
longed to see a stand-alone full service art museum established, this
announcement advances that cause. We will be seeking input from the
community to inform and guide our aspirations as we endeavour to
re-locate to a more appropriate permanent facility. There are a number
of exciting options to be considered: renovating an existing structure
or designing a new purpose-built museum. I'm confident that our
community will work together to ensure that we will soon witness
positive moves in this direction."
A joint steering group will develop an implementation plan for the
creation of the new facility and the establishment of a charitable
foundation dedicated to ensuring the economic viability and
sustainability of the museum and its programs for the foreseeable
While the search for a new home continues, MOCA continues to develop and
deliver exhibition, education and community programs in celebration of
Calgary 2012 our year as Cultural Capital of Canada.
SOURCE Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary (MOCA)
For further information:
Jeffrey Spalding: (403) 262-1737 or by email at Jeffrey@mocacalgary.org
Or D'Arcy Levesque: (403) 589 5844 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org