Museum of Contemporary Art headed for the Funk Zone

Release Date: March 30,2017

Museum of Contemporary Art is planning a new headquarters

By Sam Goldman, Noozhawk Staff Writer | @Sam__Goldman | March 30, 2017

Within a two-minute walk of the Hotel Californian project will be the new Funk Zone headquarters of the Museum of Contemporary Art.

The museum is currently holding the 22,000-square-foot site at 35 Anacapa St. as an asset, said museum executive director Miki Garcia.

The institution will “think through what the needs are in the community,” she said, and launch a capital campaign at a future date.

A family of academics and artists had held the property in a trust but “really wanted it to serve the community,” Garcia said. The family then approached the museum, which was already considering an expansion from its Paseo Nuevo shopping center location.

Tom Parker of the Hutton Parker Foundation was “instrumental” in getting a loan to develop the site, she added.

“We’re really excited about the future,” Garcia said. “I think the response from the community so far has been overwhelmingly positive” regarding the need for expanding contemporary art spaces in the city.

Her institution, she noted, is the only contemporary art museum between Los Angeles and the Bay area.

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