MoCA Arlington Opens Innovation Studio and Store at Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington, VA

By Editorial Team on March 5, 2024
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At the end of January, the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington officially opened its second location, an Innovation Studio + Store at Amazon’s HQ2 in Arlington, VA. MoCA Arlington is excited to welcome visitors to the space, where they can learn more about contemporary art, interact with professional artists at work, participate in free public art and artist programs, explore their creativity in private classes, or shop various creative and inspiring products from the museum store.

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During the official ribbon-cutting on January 24, attendees heard remarks from local leaders and community partners, representing MoCA’s Board, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, Arlington County Board, National Landing BID, and Amazon.

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“Community is at the heart of everything we do here at Amazon. We are honored that the Museum of Contemporary Art Arlington is joining HQ2 to enrich the Arlington community by connecting residents and visitors to exhibitions, educational programming, and artist residencies,” said Patrick Phillippi, Senior Manager of Community Engagement at Amazon. “This is a great new chapter for all of us who live, work, and play in National Landing.”

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“We are thrilled to open our new Innovation Studio + Store at Amazon HQ2,” said Catherine Anchin, MoCA Arlington’s Executive Director. “We know that contemporary art can feel intimidating to some. This space was intentionally designed to feel warm and inviting, with the hope that people will be inspired to join us for a class, participate in a workshop, or support artists.”

MoCA Arlington’s Innovation Studio + Store also features an artist residency with a different artist working in the space every six weeks. The inaugural artist, Adam Henry, is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Arlington. As part of his residency, he is creating a sculpture that visitors can observe as a work in progress or participate in helping to assist him.