The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia announced that it has received a gift of $1 million from philanthropist, lifelong arts enthusiast and native Atlantan Elkin Goddard Alston. “This transformative gift provides MOCA GA with seed funding in support of its need for a permanent home and gives the institution the ability to explore its future in ways that it has never been able to do,” said MOCA GA’s President/CEO Annette Cone-Skelton.
“MOCA GA is a valued institution for Atlanta and all of Georgia. In its 16 years, it has celebrated and supported Atlanta and Georgia artists with exhibitions, programs, permanent art collection and historical archives. Its Working Artist Project is truly amazing and impacts local artists (both emerging and established) and national curators. No other program provides this level of support to our Atlanta artists,” noted Elkin Goddard Alston.
The gift was formalized September 6, 2016 in a “signing” celebration with Elkin Goddard Alston, the MOCA GA board of directors and staff. As Alston further stated at this celebration, “I have always supported MOCA GA, but awoke in the middle of the night and decided that I wanted to support the museum now while I can witness the good that my donation will bring.”
Philip Babb, chair of the MOCA GA board of directors conveyed, “I would like to express our excitement and enthusiasm for the creation of a permanent new home for MOCA GA. We truly believe that this project will be a catalyst for our museum’s growth and for the advancement of contemporary art throughout the state. With the generosity of Elkin Alston, the dedication of our staff, and the full support of our board of directors, I am confident that our dream of building a new museum for Georgia contemporary art will become a reality.”