Mal Monoya

Mal Montoya,
President & CEO -Milwaukee Artist Resource Network

The intent of our new MARN ART + CULTURE HUB can best be summed up by reading the aforementioned definition:

hub | noun
1- The spokes radiate from the hub of the wheel: PIVOT, axis, fulcrum, center, center point.
2- The kitchen was the hub of family life: CENTER, center of activity, core, heart, focus, focal point, middle, nucleus, kernel, nerve center.

When we first imagined what our new home could be, we felt being a center for connectivity for our members must be our stated goal. As we have now completed our buildout, I’m confident, we accomplished this.

Over the course of the past year, despite the onslaught of a global pandemic, our team has been busy building, creating and activating every square inch of our new facility. Although we continue to battle the relentless effects of COVID, we’ve managed to transform MARN’s virtual existence into a center of connectivity for, and by, Milwaukee’s creative community. Soon, our doors will open here in the Historic Third Ward and all will be welcomed at the MARN ART + CULTURE HUB.

With the construction phase behind us, a fresh and exciting chapter in MARN’s history begins. Our new home will have many moving parts. Central to the HUB is our 2,800 square foot state-of-the-art exhibit hall, led by Gallery Director, Riley Niemack. Additionally, we have debuted a MARKETPLACE showcasing works by our members, an innovation studio that will push the boundaries of art and technology, and a Conference Center featuring a 110-inch diagonal video wall. We are also thrilled to introduce FOMA at MARN, a wine and coffee bar that will be operated by local area students.

In addition to Michele St. Amour, Director of Programming, and Nicole Shaver, Administrative Coordinator, I’m very pleased to announce the addition of Brianna L. Hernández Baurichter, Director of Cultural Transformation, to our staff. This newly created office will focus on our social engagement programs as well as bring critical light to equity, diversity, and inclusion, as outlined in our recently adopted Three-Year Strategic Plan.

In the years to come, I fully expect the HUB to be a work in progress. We’ll continue to seek innovative and informed ways to be connected with our community through relevant and engaging programming. I look forward to meeting you in the HUB, where the rest of this chapter will be written by our collective experiences.