Be a Part of Our Future
The American Museum of Ceramic Art is undertaking a significant capital campaign to raise $1,100,000 for a facility upgrade that will transform and strengthen AMOCA’s ambitious education, community, and family programs for years to come.
It is the first capital improvement project since the completion of Exhibition Gallery B in 2016. Existing spaces will be reimagined, including a much-needed expansion of the education and lecture space; a new kids makerspace; a collection study room with open storage displays, archival review workspaces, and reading room; and new accessible restrooms. In Phase 2, to create new work and preparation areas, several administrative functions will be relocated to the second floor.
These new and renovated spaces will support the educational and outreach offerings that make AMOCA such a vibrant, diverse, and unique institution and community.
The first phase of this project addresses the education and lecture hall, a new collection study room, kids makerspace, updated restrooms, accessibility improvements, and other enhancements that further AMOCA’s long-term goals.
We hope you will consider a contribution or pledge that will be matched by the challenge gift. Your contribution of any amount enhances AMOCA’s commitment to ensure that future generations will discover and love the ceramic arts.
The contemporary education hall can be configured in a variety of ways, providing a flexible and attractive space for our growing community. The space will be able to accommodate not only lectures and receptions, but also classes, meetings, film screenings, and catered events. Up-to-date audio-visual equipment and high-speed internet access will allow us to stream talks and events virtually. Seating capacity: 150.
Early education and access to the arts are key to the growth and development of young children. This new space will provide a place for families with young children to work with their hands to create, invent, tinker, design, fabricate and get messy with clay. When staff are available, parents will be able to visit exhibition galleries while their children engage with our educators.
Collection Study Room
Open Storage Displays
This new space will significantly increase public access to AMOCA’s permanent collection of more than 10,000 objects. Visitors will enjoy a rotating selection from AMOCA’s permanent collection, presented in a 50 foot-long contemporary display/storage case.
The Helen and Roger Porter Resource Library is one of the largest collections of ceramics-related books and periodicals in the country. This new public space will provide a relaxing environment for visiting scholars, students, and museum guests to enjoy periodicals and books related to exhibitions on display, AMOCA’s permanent collection, and current news in the art world.
Scope of Renovation
New Space Configuration
Additional Facility Improvements
Installation of two ADA compliant ramps will facilitate access between the galleries of the museum, the education and lecture space, and the ceramics studio.
AMOCA’s existing restrooms will be updated and ADA compliant with new fixtures and plumbing. The restrooms will also include a baby changing station for families with young children visiting the museum.
Adjacent to the expanded education hall, the kitchenette will be used to support K-12 school tours, opening receptions, lectures, events, and meetings.
Improved storage for education hall and kids makerspace, including supplies, tables, chairs, etc.
Improved work area for exhibition preparation, including the shipping and receiving of artwork.