The Museum of Sensory & Movement Experiences (MSME) and The Arts Fund will undergo a transition process culminating in June, when The Arts Fund will be positioned to take over MSME’s La Cumbre Plaza lease.
The 3,000-square-foot, multi-use space will operate as both The Arts Fund’s Community Gallery, while fully assuming operation of MSME as a new program. The transition is made possible in part through funding from David Bermant Foundation.
Once the merger is complete, the Arts Fund will use its resources to fund ongoing operations. The funding resources include grants, corporate sponsorships, individual giving, and donation revenue from MSME.
Under the ongoing leadership and operation by The Arts Fund, MSME will continue to offer experimental time-based art, both contemporary (supporting local and regional technology-based artists) and historical kinetic, time-based works. This will allow the public to compare and contrast contemporary and historical interactive and motion-based artworks.
Marco Pinter, executive director of MSME, will continue to volunteer for the program. With The Arts Fund’s logistical relationships with city and other arts and community organizations, MSME can become the hub for Teen Arts Mentorship workshops, a La Cumbre Plaza Art Walk, outdoor experiential weekends in the plaza, and other artistic programming.
“I am thrilled to see the museum take the next logical step in its evolution and come under the umbrella of the Arts Fund,” Pinter said. “I have been honored to work with the Arts Fund in different capacities over the last several years — as an artist, a curator, and a mentor — and I believe they are the ideal organization to bring MSME to the community for years to come.
“I am also very grateful to the David Bermant Foundation for their generous support, which has made this transition possible.”