AMOA and Arthouse Merger
published on November 11, 2011
The Austin Museum of Art and Arthouse at the Jones Center have combined forces to become one entity. The primary goal of both locations will be to provide a wider spectrum of contemporary and modern art than each is able to provide separately. In joining together, the two organizations will be saving more than $1 million in operational costs in the first year of the merger and will be able to offer more programs and exhibits for the community. The merger will reunite Central Austin communities and Lake Austin communities in art.
The merger will combine the AMOA Laguna Gloria location and the South Congress Arthouse location in Austin. Programs like Second Saturdays are for Families and Seeing Special Things still will be offered by both organizations as well as the nationally recognized teen programs offered by Arthouse. For those who are interested in other forms of art, Arthouse will continue to offer its rooftop film series and AMOA’s Art + Architecture events. In combining locations, both AMOA and Arthouse are combining resources, creating an organization capable of educating, entertaining, and informing the city of Austin more effectively than the two could alone.
The two locations also will grow by adding a new gallery and a sculpture park at Laguna Gloria. “This is a special moment for our community,” said Mickey Klein, chairman of the combined board of trustees. “We’ve set the stage for Austin to be recognized as a leader in modern and contemporary art by creating a destination and an organization that invites others to take a new look at what we’re doing in the arts in our city.”
Local Austin REALTOR® Brian Talley supports the arts in Austin and encourages Austinites to take advantage of the free programs both organizations offer. If you are looking for a new home in artsy Austin, perform an Austin Home Search.
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