The mission of the Modesto Art Museum is to
provide quality visual arts experiences and to help people
develop their aesthetic understanding so they can enjoy and find
meaning in the visual arts.
1. To provide quality visual arts experiences
We organize and host a variety of enjoyable
and stimulating events and activities that present visual arts
to the people of Modesto. These include exhibitions,
performances, readings, tours, and movies in every possible
setting including galleries, public and private institutions,
businesses, theatres, gardens, parks, streets, schools,
churches, libraries, homes, online, and in traveling exhibits.
As much as possible we do this with a wide variety of community
partners and either free or of low cost.
2. To help people develop their aesthetic understanding so they can
enjoy and find meaning in the visual arts.
Through workshops, demonstrations, classes,
lectures, publications, readings, and symposia we teach people how
to experience the visual arts. This includes the abilities to
analyze, to critique, to comprehend, to enjoy, to gain insight, to
inspire creativity, and to draw meaning from works of art. As part
of this process, the museum breaks down the usual distinctions
between artists, curators, and viewers inviting everyone to invest
in creative interaction and dialogue.