The Modesto Art Museum has produced many events and exhibits since 2005. Our exhibits brought a variety of arts to Modesto, from prints, mail art, and movies, to industrial photography and electronic art. As much as possible our exhibits were participatory, free, and designed to inspire creativity.
The museum’s community-engaging and community-building role kicked into high gear when Modesto was ranked the least livable of the nation’s 373 largest cities in Cities: Ranked and Rated. Instead of disputing the ranking, we asked: What can we do as an art museum to improve the quality of life for the people of Modesto? In 2008, we launched Building a Better Modesto, an ongoing program using art, architecture, landscape, and urban design to create a more livable and vibrant city.