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Art Museum proposed for Cultural Corridor in Las Vegas

A drawing of the proposed Modern Contemporary Art Museum planned for downtown Las Vegas. (Submitted drawing)
A drawing of the proposed Modern Contemporary Art Museum planned for downtown Las Vegas. (Submitted drawing)
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Updated: 11/14/2013 12:58 pm
LAS VEGAS –- A $29 million new institution dedicated to visual arts and design is planned for two acres in the burgeoning downtown arts district, according to a news release today.

The Modern Contemporary Art Museum is one of three complementary components of a progressive cultural center that will showcase art, technology and design in addition to providing essential training and tools for a new wave of artists and designers.

The $29 million capital campaign is underway. The project has received $2.4 million pledged in land and cash donations.

The mission of the facility is to inspire and educate through creativity, art and design.

The campus will include three components: The Modern Contemporary Art Museum, the Center for Creativity and Luminous Park, an outdoor sculpture garden and community gathering space.

Not only will this project generate significant economic impact during the construction phase, but it will also generate ongoing economic impact through employment and tax revenue.

The Modern Contemporary Art Museum will house 35,000 square feet of museum galleries, with an important and progressive series of rotating exhibits.

It will span three floors and showcase the works of both established and emerging artists from the 20th century onward.

The museum will also include a retail store/gift shop, a bistro and event spaces.

The Center for Creativity will feature 15,000 square feet of dynamic learning space, offering a variety of high-quality, interactive educational programs for all ages, serving as an incubator of creative thought.

The center will teach the theory and application of design fundamentals across several disciplines, from industrial to interactive, through structured curriculum, demonstration, and hands-on interactive workshops.

The goal of the center is to reach out to artists and visionaries of all economic levels to help them pursue their craft and develop marketable skills by removing “ability to pay” barriers for those students in need.

It will provide access to current tools, interactive labs and workshops, and administer a concept-to-market curriculum.

The third and unifying element, Luminous Park, will be a compelling outdoor sculpture garden featuring interactive exhibits, walking paths and community gathering spaces. It will provide a much-needed green space to Las Vegas’s downtown.

The park’s aim is to inspire and delight the minds of both locals and visitors, inviting them to linger, enjoy, reflect and discover.

Led by a dynamic and diverse Board of Directors and with the guidance of one of Nevada’s foremost social philanthropists, Julie Murray of Moonridge Group, the project is expected to be a key contributor to the dramatic transformation taking place downtown and generate significant positive economic impact for the city.

The Board of Directors is comprised of Brett Wesley Sperry, Denise Cashman, Quentin Abramo, Dr. Keith Boman, Ed Borgato, Louis Castle, Sam Cherry, Alexandra Epstein, JF Finn, Andy Schuricht, Andrea Maricich, Kelley Nyquist Goldberg and Katie Binion O’Neill.

Serving on the Advisory Board are Tim Bavington, Jenna Morton, Mark Brandenburg, Jonathan Jossel, Hugh Anderson, Flo Rogers, Jim Stanford, Cree Zischke and Geoffrey Beaumont. In the coming months, the Board will host a series of public salons and discussions to gather input and encourage all members of the community to contribute their thoughts, feedback and hopes for the project.

Learn more or get involved at www.themodernlv.org.

-- news release
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