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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Tucson was founded in the 1990s by Julia Latane, James Graham, and David Wright, artists and arts advocates. The museum was founded to create a permanent institution for contemporary art in Tucson's art district. The mission of the museum was to create a venue to show the work of Tucson artists to the rest of the world, and to bring the most exciting new artists of the world to Tucson. Originally housed in the HazMat building on Toole Avenue the museum has now been granted a permanent home in the former Fire Department building on Stone Avenue. (8)


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The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) was founded in the fall of 1997, having evolved from an artist-run alternative art space. Founded by artists Julia Latane and James Graham and financier David Wright with aid from Toole Shed Studio founder Dave Lewis, MOCA was established to help fill a void in the cultural landscape of Tucson and to provide a much-needed venue to showcase the avant-garde work of local and international artists. MOCA is Tucson's only public institution devoted exclusively to the art of our time and is committed to supporting the critical interpretation and display of the highest quality of contemporary art in service to our community as a public trust. To that end, MOCA has developed strategic alliances with other institutions in the downtown area, resulting in satellite gallery space at the Tucson Children's Museum and The Screening Room in an effort to bring contemporary art to non-traditional audiences.

Mission The mission of the Museum of Contemporary Art is to provide a forum for the development and exchange of ideas about the art of our time. Through varied programs, MOCA supports the critical interpretation and display of the highest quality of contemporary art in service to our community as a public trust. (5)

1. "Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson," Official Website, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://www.moca-tucson.org/
2. "Visit," Museum website, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://www.moca-tucson.org/visit/
3. "Programs/Events, Museum website, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://www.moca-tucson.org/programs/
4. "Exhibitions," Museum website, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://www.moca-tucson.org/exhibitions/
5. "Thumbnail Background," Superpages, accessed November 20, 2016.
http://www.superpages.com/bp/tucson-az/museum-of-contemporary-art-L0017605977.htm
6. Margaret Regan, "MOCA Rising: Exhibitions, lectures and a concert signal the maturing of Tucson's Museum of Contemporary Art," TUCSON WEEKLY, April 2005, accessed November 21, 2016.
http://www.tucsonweekly.com/tucson/moca-rising/Content?oid=1080015
7. "Facebook Page," MOCA Tucson, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://www.facebook.com/MOCATucson
8. "Wikipedia entry," Museum of Contemporary Art, Tucson, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Museum_of_Contemporary_Art,_Tucson
9. "Vimeo Video: Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson PSA, (1:00 min.), by Eric Dickie, 2015, accessed November 20, 2016.
https://vimeo.com/147957009