Tuesday, May 28, 2024

A rendering of the completed Maud Morgan Arts center.

The Maud Morgan Arts center, dedicated to providing high quality and affordable visual art classes and activities for all, is complete and, after a successful summer session, open for fall registration.

“Maud Morgan Arts is a dynamic center where established and emerging artists create, teach, exhibit, and collaborate,” said Terry DeLancey, executive director of the Agassiz Baldwin Community. “It provides an opportunity for all who value the visual arts —young and old, beginner and professional— to choose from a wide range of innovative and imaginative visual art programs.”

The culmination of a 20-year vision for a citywide community arts center, Maud Morgan Arts is behind the Agassiz Baldwin Community’s 20 Sacramento St. headquarters, near Harvard Square. The center replaces an 1850s-era carriage house with a 3,200 square foot building — a replica of the historic structure and a more contemporary addition.

The architect, Prellwitz Chilinski Associates of Cambridge, designed the building’s contrasting sections to fit comfortably within the residential-scale neighborhood. The front area recreates the carriage house’s dimensions, even using its original cupola.

The center houses four fully equipped art studios enlivened by nine site-specific art installations from established Cambridge artists. Colorful and inviting, it offers classroom, studio, and exhibition space for school-age children, practicing artists and residents from every neighborhood in Cambridge.

The center includes studios for printmaking, ceramics, painting and drawing, and three-dimensional work. Programming includes fully equipped studios for artists’ projects/meetings/workshops, artist-in-residence programs and exhibition and meeting space. Site-specific public artwork designed by nine well-known Cambridge artists has been installed inside and out.

Maud Morgan Arts also noted it is seeking charter members who will receive unique benefits while supporting visual arts in the community. Beyond the benefits of a regular family membership, the newly announced $100 Charter Membership includes a limited edition Maud Morgan art poster (while quantities last).

Maud Morgan Arts’ inaugural summer session — in which middle school students participated in a five-week intensive studio program focused on instruction in clay, print making and illustration — has just ended.

Registration is now open for fall classes, which start Sept. 16 and run for 10 sessions ending in late November. Nearly 50 innovative and imaginative visual art classes for all ages and levels are open, each taught by veteran artists. For information, call Micah Eglington Woods at (617) 349-6287, ext. 19.

Visit maudmorganarts.org to learn more.