Image above:The exhibit space at the Marin Community Foundation. Image Courtesy of The Marin Community Foundation
The Marin Community Foundation, a community foundation based in Novato, CA, has exhibited art in its office space for nearly the entire 25 years of its existence. When it moved to new offices in the former Hamilton Airfield in Novato in 2002, the space was designed with art exhibits in mind. It has an open floor plan, with large wall spaces—and lighting system—designed to display art, both two- and three-dimensional.
The different views of the exhibit space at the Marin Community Foundation. Image Courtesy of The Marin Community Foundation
The Foundation has a strong commitment to sponsoring art exhibits with social themes by hosting three exhibits a year, all of which are open to the public. Currently, the Marin Community Foundation is taking part in a national program, One Nation, to engage Muslims and non-Muslims in addressing community problems together, and, as a result, creating greater mutual understanding between these two groups. MCF is partnering with two other Bay Area community foundations in this effort—San Francisco Foundation and Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
The Foundations wants to host an art exhibit on the theme of Islamic art to provide multiple perspectives—how people with Muslim backgrounds view their world, and how non-Muslims interpret this experience through their eyes.
MCF envisions a wide variety of art, including: • Art produced by Muslims, on both religious and non-religious themes • Art produced by non-Muslims that incorporate Islamic themes or issues They are seeking art created in a wide variety of media, both two- and three-dimensional.
Process for submitting art: