Duration: July 2021–June 2022
CLEVELAND, July 22, 2021— After a season-opening block party that gathered art lovers in record numbers, moCa is launching an institutional residency pilot with the Museum of Creative Human Art (MCHA) that could model new ways for mid-sized and large art museums to engage with emerging arts organizations to support artists and communities. moCa and MCHA are co-creating more seats at the table to expand inclusion and uplift new perspectives, styles, and the amplification of the voices of underserved artists. Putting learning and policy into practice, moCa continues to demonstrate its commitment to helping artists and arts organizations develop, scale, and sustain their practices in the service of community.
This institutional residency centers on both organizations’ mutual dedication to advance and improve humanity by leveraging the impact of art. It celebrates a shared commitment to supporting artists and empowering those often underrepresented, and provides a rich opportunity to learn and grow from one another while encouraging audiences to discover more about themselves by connecting with creators who are influencing art and culture right now.
MCHA is the brainchild of co-founders Antwoine Washington and Michael Russell II, Cleveland leaders respected for creating arts education programming, inspiring the creation of art in underserved communities, and curating safe spaces for fresh artistic expression. Washington co-founded MCHA based on his desire to become and create who and what he needed as a kid. Russell shares that MCHA presents an array of creative options for youth to explore. MCHA is a pathway of discovery that leverages arts to inspire excellence, business acumen, and creativity.
Antwoine Washington (left); Michael Russell II (right)
During this residency, MCHA will independently program and activate moCa’s Toby Devan Lewis Gallery, with additional support from moCa. MCHA will present approximately seven exhibitions during the residency. Presented now through August 15, MCHA presents AAWFUL AARON, an exhibition of drawings, paintings, and sculpture by Cleveland-based artist Aaron D. Williams. AAWFUL AARON uses sports to assist audiences in more deeply understanding the anxiety and mental health struggles of a Black man. moCa and MCHA also will create collaborative public programs for audiences of all ages throughout the year.
“We are thrilled to envision and pilot this original, long-form residency with the Museum of Creative Human Art. Our shared commitment to supporting artists and serving communities combined with our unique, respective organizational skills empowers this electric opportunity to elevate creativity, strengthen capacities, and explore new ways to think, plan, make, work, and be together. I am confident that this residency will serve as a compelling new model for institutional collaboration, learning, and growth, here and beyond,” states Megan Lykins Reich, moCa’s Interim Executive Director.
Aaron D. Williams, A Reinvented Self I, 2021, Alcohol marker and colored pencil on Bristol paper, 17” X 14”
About The Museum of Creative Human Art (MCHA)
The Museum of Creative Human Art (MCHA) represents a commitment to transform the art world by ensuring equity, and inclusion of underrepresented artists. MCHA is a change agent within the art world, we spark essential dialogues that focus on presenting a diversity of artists, creative spaces, perspectives, programs, and “activations” intended to serve and inspire mission-aligned Black creators. Our goal is to elevate and empower those often unheard. During our institutional residency with moCa we intend to sustain and scale this movement. For more information, visit creativehumanart.com.
About the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa)
Cleveland’s Museum of Contemporary Art (moCa) plays an exciting role in the city’s cultural landscape. As a non-collecting institution, moCa is ever-changing, introducing new exhibitions throughout the year to create fresh experiences for visitors each season. Since its founding in 1968, moCa has presented the works of more than 2,000 artists, often through artists’ first solo shows. For more than 50 years, moCa has been both conduit and catalyst for anyone seeking creativity and inspiration, bringing the art and ideas of our time to Cleveland and the region at large. moCa was the first in the area to exhibit the works of vanguard artists such as Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol. We continue in that tradition, featuring the work of emerging and established regional, national, and international artists.
All moCa Cleveland and Cleveland Museum of Art exhibitions are supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the George Gund Foundation, the Ohio Arts Council, and the continuing support of the museums’ Boards of Directors, patrons, and members.
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland (moCa)
Akidah Felder, Senior Communications Director
Museum of Creative Human Art (MCHA)
Antwoine Washington, Co-Founder
For more information, visit mocacleveland.org