Second Saturdays are coming back to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in 2019.
The museum received a prestigious arts access grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to continue and expand the popular program next year. Based on the success of the 2018 series, welcoming over 4,000 visitors across eight Saturdays, MMAM staff wrote a grant application seeking expansion of the program, which is aimed at co-curating programs with the community.
The highly competitive grant process encourages arts organizations across the state to invest in programming that creates long-term engagement between arts organizations and their communities. The 2018 grant funded eight Second Saturday events over the course of the year; the 2019 series will span eleven months beginning on Feb. 9, and running monthly through the end of the year.
Second Saturdays allow visitors to experience the museum for $1 admission while providing a variety of added programming based on a central theme. Some themes in the 2018 series included “Women in Art,” “The Mighty Mississippi” and “Color.” Programming has included museum tours, artist demonstrations, Mississippi River tours on the Winona Tour Boat, a live eagle viewing with the National Eagle Center, art-making projects, live music and an intergenerational dance, to name a few.
“I am most looking forward to seeing some of the first-time visitors who came to Second Saturdays in 2018 return for 2019,” says MMAM curator of education Heather Casper. “I love that this program makes it more accessible for anyone to visit the museum and get an injection of happiness through amazing artworks, fun activities, live music and smiling faces.”
Engage Winona collected valuable feedback during the 2018 series, which has allowed MMAM to identify some of the key barriers that may be preventing local people from visiting the museum; such as cost, transportation, language or disability, so that MMAM may adapt and better serve the community. In addition to providing low cost, accessible programming to Winona residents, Second Saturdays has provided funding for artists, musicians, presenters and local business. Increased funding for 2019 allows MMAM to hire a limited term employee to manage the program.
“We listened and considered feedback when putting together this application for 2019,” said MMAM Executive Director Nicole Chamberlain-Dupree. “We look forward to continuing to serve and engage our fellow Winonans through these Second Saturdays arts access days in 2019.”
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An Edward Hopper watercolor painting, the third of three new pieces of art, is unveiled at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona on Sunday night by Mary Burrichter, right, and collections curator Jon Swanson, left, as Bob Kierlin walks over to assist them.
Miyu Nakamura, left, and Momoka Sato, right, carve their pumpkins at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on Thursday evening in Winona.
Hart Kerr of Winona drills holes into his pumpkin at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on Thursday evening.
Collecting partner Mary Burrichter discusses Jane Peterson’s “Boats (Gloucester)” Sunday evening.
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum, shown here under construction in summer 2006.
Jon Swanson, curator of collections and exhibitions for the Minnesota Marine Art Museum unveils “Commerce of Nations Rendering Homage to Liberty,” by Edward Moran Sunday evening.
Jon Swanson, curator of collections and exhibitions at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, hangs a painting that is part of the 17th National Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists in June.
John Driscoll reads a letter explaining the history of the original owner of the painting “White-Headed Eagle” during the art unveiling at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum on Sunday evening.
The Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona is celebrating its 10-year anniversary, which has included multiple expansions and acquisitions.
Newly-appointed executive director for the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Nicole Chamberlain-Dupree, speaks during the unveiling of “The Great Florida Sunset” in Winona.
Mary Burrichter, left, and Jon Swanson unveil the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s newest piece, “The Great Florida Sunset,” Sunday in Winona.
Visitors to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum spend time looking at “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” one of the museum's best-known paintings.
Curator of collections Jon Swanson and collecting partner Mary Burrichter unveil James Whistler’s 1900 painting “Howth Head, Near Dublin” during the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s fall unveiling on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, in Winona.
Museum members and donors look at Edward Cucuel’s 1920 painting “Summer Leisure” and other paintings during the Minnesota Marine Art Museum’s fall unveiling on Sunday, Sept. 27 in Winona.
Eugene Chadbourn of Winona shows off his hand-print turkey to the rest of the group during the SPARK program Wednesday at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona.
Docent Carol Olson, top left, writes down audience responses inspired by Max Beckmann's painting as part of the monthly SPARK program Wednesday at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona. The popular program connects with folks who have memory loss and their caregivers.
Curator of Collections Jon Swanson reveals one of the eight new paintings at the Minnesota Marine Art Museum.
George Cipov, right, a Winona resident and contributor to the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, discusses a piece by James Hart titled “Winter on the Hudson,” in this file photo.