“…[CMCA] small-but-mighty Maine museum, where you’ll find some of the most free-thinking and innovative contemporary exhibitions in New England..”
– Boston Globe, 2021
“It is rare that a museum experience is so thoroughly and consistently satiating from one end to the other.”
– Portland Press Herald, 2022
As we near the end of our landmark 70th anniversary year (1952-2022), CMCA continues to expand the reach of our innovative arts programs, welcoming larger audiences to explore the dynamic and evolving present moment in contemporary art.
We continue to dedicate fresh thought and action toward redefining what it means to be a leader –
- committing to represent an exceptional diversity of artists in all we do,
- collaborating across our Midcoast communities, and
- purposefully removing economic barriers to make the arts accessible for all.
Our exhibitions have dramatically increased diversity in age, gender and race among our artists, allowing visitors to see our changing world through each other’s eyes and experience. Additionally, we have curated group exhibitions highlighting developing trends in contemporary art that showcase Maine artists’ incredible contributions to the wider artworld.
CMCA’s robust arts education programs have further expanded to offer the only after school arts programming in our region – engaging elementary, middle and high school students with a rich variety of free arts making lessons. Our education program continues to be a go-to creative partner statewide, taking classes on the road from Machias to Portland in partnerships with libraries, schools, social service organizations and arts nonprofits.
And we continue to look beyond our building to serve our community. Highlights include our 2nd Annual Maine Makers Market (Rockland’s first ever annual art fair), serving as a consistent summer venue for local musicians in our courtyard, and launching our first ever artist residency that will result in an artist-designed public art project to be presented in Rockland in early 2023.
Your support makes all of this possible for 40,000+ visitors annually. We count on your Annual Fund contribution to ensure CMCA has the resources to enter our 8th decade with the energy, vision and outreach that has made 2022 a year to remember!
Executive Director + Chief Curator
*$500+ donors receive free a complimentary Good Host membership;
*$1500+ donors receive a complimentary Steward membership and are recognized as part of CMCA’s Contemporary Circle —with exclusive benefits and opportunities.
NOTE: Your charitable contribution to CMCA is 100% tax-deductible.