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Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver Receives $400,000 From Mellon Foundation

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver. COURTESY MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART, DENVER

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver.

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The Museum of Contemporary Art, Denver announced yesterday that it has received a $400,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will go toward a three-year program, “Animating Museums,” for which professionals from around the world will be brought to Denver to host a series of workshops.

“Animating Museums” will start this summer with a ten-day residency. The next year, the fellows will participate in a series of webinars related to their fields, and the year after that, they will realize a major project, which the museum said will likely be “a large scale festival or similar activation.” Applications to become a participant in the program are currently available at a site launched by the MCA.

The program “will help groom the next generation of creative museum professionals,” MCA director Adam Lerner said in a statement. Among the goals, he added, are opportunities for participants to “implement their ideas with a creative project on a civic scale, testing established conventions for art programming and audience engagement, while learning from creative leaders to take risks and be more imaginative in the way they work, live, and contribute to their communities.”

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