Laguna Art Museum Reaches New Heights with Institutional Developments and Expanded Offerings
The Laguna Art Museum is reaching new heights as a community arts organization with expanded educational offerings, innovative experiences, a robust schedule of exciting exhibitions scheduled through 2025, and an increased dedication to family programming, so that audiences of all ages can broaden their connection with art.
“The museum has always been a gathering place for locals and the art community at large,” said Julie Perlin Lee, executive director of the Laguna Art Museum. “As a community organization, we continue to challenge ourselves and assess how we can reach art lovers of all ages, which has led us to create a new mission and vision that will lead the museum towards the future.”
The new mission statement reads, “The Laguna Art Museum exists to enlighten and engage people of all ages through art that embodies and preserves the Californian experience.” A new vision statement reads, “To be a locally loved and nationally recognized California art museum.”
In addition, the museum will start operating with new hours. Beginning September 12, the museum will be open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Mondays, except for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, and Labor Day.
The Laguna Art Museum has established itself as a staple in the Southern California art community, showcasing unique exhibits and providing a variety of opportunities for artistic exploration through new programming. Over the past year, the museum has doubled the number of public programs, adding various offerings including live music, artist workshops, learning camps and children’s activities, as well as lectures and discussions with museum curators Jean Stern and Rochelle Steiner. The museum has also reopened its research library and is actively focusing on developing a permanent art collection.
“Education is an important part of the museum and we have worked to expand educational programs, as well as provide opportunities for artistic engagement in local schools,” said Perlin Lee. “The museum offers art lessons led by museum educators to over 1,100 children each year. We are proud to offer learners of all ages access to guided tours and our hands-on creative space, the Lab at LAM, plus free admission for kids 12 and under thanks to the Segerstrom Foundation.”
Expanding its support efforts, the museum recently created the Directors’ Circle, an exclusive new group of museum members whose philanthropic support will allow the museum’s mission to flourish. The museum also offers a variety of support groups and membership levels that help keep access to art alive and thriving.
Continuing to honor individuals who have made an impact on the artistic community, the Laguna Art Museum will present the 2022 Wendt Prize to Californian art historian Nancy Dustin Wall Moure for her dedication to researching, cataloging, collecting and California Art Publishing. The museum will present the 2022 Anna Hills Prize to Ranney and Priscilla Draper for their generous support of the Laguna Art Museum and the establishment of a $1,000,000 museum endowment fund, as well as their dedication to supporting artistic, environmental and cultural causes. education that strengthens the local community. .
For more information about the Laguna Art Museum, visit lagunaartmuseum.org. To stay connected and find out about upcoming events, follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
The Laguna Art Museum is California’s museum of art. It collects, maintains and exhibits works of art created by Californian artists or depicting the life and history of the state. Through its permanent collection, special loan exhibitions, educational programs, library and archives, the museum enhances public knowledge and appreciation of Californian art from all periods and styles and encourages the erudition in art history in this field.
The Laguna Art Museum is just steps from the Pacific Ocean in beautiful Laguna Beach. The museum is proud to continue the tradition of the Laguna Beach Art Association, founded in 1918 by early California artists who fostered a vibrant art community. The gallery that the association built in 1929 is part of the current Laguna Art Museum.
For more information, visit www.lagunaartmuseum.org.