Art: Out of the Box

Reed Applegate unloads monca bus in Redding

We achieve our mission by keeping all options on the table. All kinds of spaces and situations can offer an opportunity to experience art. By engaging diverse community members in our planning we think creatively about nontraditional ways to share art with northern Californians. Send us your ideas about how and where to connect with you, and we’ll add it to our growing list of strategies.   

In our first year as a new organization monca purchased a small school bus and created the Mobile Museum as the initial "vehicle" for accomplishing our mission. Through this investment, our volunteer Driving Docents bring original art and creative activities to all kinds of venues, including schools, senior centers, kids clubs, homeless shelters, juvenile hall, and community events. We strive to educate the public about both northern California art and the museum itself, with a special emphasis on reaching out to communities that have been typically un-reached by arts nonprofits. 

With funding from a City of Chico Grant, monca held its first of two "Lunch with an Artist" days this year. Two serious art students from each of the four high schools were chosen by their art teachers to participate. They were taken to the artist's studio where there was a tour, conversation about art as a career and followed by lunch. During one session with local artist Dylan Telleson the students were also able to actively participate in a wall mural at the CSU Graduate studios. They were given a bound sketchbook and set of markers to encourage further sketching.