EEPMOA: “Art for Social Development”

Annette Malkin, with Edward E. Parker, and a sculpture purchased by interior designer Dorothy Piks (Ms. Malkin’s mother) in the early ‘70s. Upon her mother’s passing, Malkin donated the piece to the museum.

As we settle into 2021, we have a lot to be thankful for. Even with the reduction of programming throughout the arts community, we have been able to remain open for business, our staff has remained healthy, and we are optimistic about what the future holds. In distancing ourselves, we have been given time to reflect on the past, present, and future as we continue to shift and adapt to the changes ushered in by the year 2020.

The celebration of Black history is a daily endeavor at EEPMOA. This year, we decided to extend our Black history celebration beyond the month of February. This gives us more time for education, celebration, and remembrance. The display focuses on the work of individuals whose contributions have not received deserved recognition and lesser-known Black history facts that help define the Black experience and identity. Related information can be found on our social media platforms for those unable to visit the museum in person.

Keeping our class sizes small and practicing social distancing has served us well. We are excited to announce that we will be offering a third installation of our intergenerational art class this summer. An official start date has not yet been determined, but updates will be posted to Facebook. Classes will be held Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00pm for six weeks (twelve classes). A community exhibition will be held at the museum to display completed student work.

Our Shinn House Gallery exhibitions have not yet been re-established; however, Ed Parker is still looking for artists interested in showing their work. Artists are encouraged to submit sample work or portfolios for consideration. In the absence of these exhibits, we recently began showcasing works via social media. These showcases were established to fill the void created by Shinn House exhibition suspension.

One of our goals for 2021 was to establish mutually beneficial partnerships and collaborations—as we continue towards this goal, we welcome your input and ideas. We had planned to complete an event calendar for 2021, but due the lingering uncertainty surrounding public gatherings, and scheduling concerns, we have opted to forego creating the calendar but will revisit the idea at a later date.

Reminder: We hold free art classes every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:00 to 8:00pm for seniors. Students are currently sculpting with earthenware and stoneware. Note: Face masks must be worn and social distancing is practiced during all classes. Whether you are a beginner or have advanced skills, you are welcome you to join us.

The museum is open Monday through Friday, from 10:00am to 3:00pm. For visitation outside of normal business hours, please call for an appointment. Stay safe, and as always, “Think Art for Social Development!”