MoCA Arlington

EIN: 23-7382322

Mission Statement

The Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington enriches community life by connecting the public with contemporary art and artists through exhibitions, education programs, and artist residencies.

Program Summary


MoCA Arlington presents work by emerging and mid-career professional contemporary artists, ranging from painting and sculpture to installation, performance art, video, and new media. The exhibitions range from group thematic shows to solo presentations, showcasing artwork from local, regional, national, and international artists. 

The museum offers free admission for its exhibitions and hosts free programs such as artist talks and panel discussions, offering opportunities for enrichment and dialogue. MoCA Arlington also boasts an expansive front lawn that regularly hosts large-scale installations and sculptures. 


MoCA Arlington offers exciting, creative art classes year-round for diverse audiences of children, teens, and adults. Classes range from single-session workshops to courses that meet weekly for up to 8 weeks. MoCA Arlington also organizes a popular summer camp, as well as educational outreach programs, in partnership with local schools and non-profit organizations.

MoCA Arlington’s classes are taught by professional artists and seasoned art educators who are adept at working with varying skill levels. 

Public Programs

MoCA Arlington presents hundreds of free to low-cost public programs each year, designed to inspire new audiences, bring together communities, and encourage creativity. Programming includes the museum’s annual Día de los Muertos celebration, family PRIDE day, Made in Arlington pop-ups, wellness programs like yoga in the galleries, and MoCA on the Move, the museum’s signature outreach program that offers free art-making at Met Park.

Additionally, the museum operates an Innovation Studio + Store at Amazon’s HQ2 in National Landing. The Innovation Studio + Store offers free drop-in art-making activities for all ages, special programs, and a 6-week artist residency where the public can interact directly with an artist working in the studio, and the museum’s retail store featuring books, artwork, and other museum-themed merchandise.

Resident Artist Program

MoCA Arlington’s Resident Artist Program offers subsidized studio space for twelve professional artists, providing affordable space in an environment that encourages interaction, dialogue, and exploration. Residents enjoy private studios with 24-hour access to the building, the opportunity for solo exhibitions, professional development support via group critiques, guest visitors, and a museum curator. Resident artists open their studio doors to the public during select events throughout the year. Residencies are competitive and selection criteria include artistic merit, potential for collaborative outreach to the community, and diversity of artist representation.

How are charitable dollars spent? Where does my donation go?

We need support to create more partnerships and programs that connect artists and communities, to showcase more artists and exhibitions, and to inspire audiences of all ages by providing engaging, memorable experiences in Arlington’s only art museum.

Information provided March 2024