About the MAA
Founded in 1968 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, the Martinez Arts Association (MAA) participates in many community events throughout the year. Our goal is to encourage art culture and education for our youth. We coordinate and sponsor art-related events such as, ‘SWAN Day’ (Support Women Artists Now) in March, ‘Art in the Park’ in August, and the ‘Holiday Boutique’ in December.
The proceeds from these events along with membership dues help the MAA provide scholarships to local graduating seniors in the arts. Also, in response to budgetary cutbacks to our public schools, the MAA offers grants to teachers for purchasing art supplies for their students.
The association’s greatest annual fundraiser, ‘Art in the Park with Live Music’, is held the third Sunday in August.
In May 2007, the MAA opened a co-operative art gallery. The Martinez Gallery is located at 610 Court Street and is a cooperative of 18 member artists who've been juried by their peers. Every 2 months, the gallery rotates their exhibit with a new theme. Fine art, jewelry, glassware, and assorted gift items are for sale at the gallery with a portion of the proceeds donated toward the MAA’s art grant program. The gallery participates in events organized by Main Street Martinez, such as beer crawls and wine strolls. The gallery’s operating hours are from Monday – Friday 11 am to 3 pm.
The MAA Board of Directors
The Board meets the first Monday of each month at 6:30p. Meetings are held at I've Been Framed at 411 Ferry Street, Martinez. Meetings are open to all MAA members.
Next meeting: May 1, 2017 at Alhambra High School to judge scholarship applications.
2017 MAA Board Members:
Vernon Sanders, President
Julie Christopher, Vice President
Janice Boyal, Recording Secretary
Carol Wiley, Scholarship and Grants Committee
Denise Hillman, Corresponding Secretary
Peggy O'Farrell, Treasurer
Mandy Rose, Membership Chair
PO Box 2304, Martinez, CA 94553
Or stop by the Martinez Gallery at:
610 Court St., Martinez
Mon.-Fri., 11 am to 3 pm
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