The mission of the Museum of Northern California Art (monca) is to make art accessible and promote awareness of northern California artists through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs.
When I was an Art student at Chico State in the late '50s the nearest museum for us to visit was the Crocker in Sacramento. There weren't even any galleries in town. > Now, thanks to the vision, hard work and persistence of a handful of dedicated advocates spearheaded by Pat Macias, there is a community-based Art Museum to fill that void. I believe it grew from a mobile Art Bus to a series of pop-up galleries to the ongoing restoration and conversion of the old Veteran's Hall into a series of exhibition spaces, research library, even a small gift shop, with more to come. I am most impressed with the way a historic structure has been re-imagined into a handsome, up-to-date Museum that reflects the community it serves. The cultural climate of the entire area is enriched by the addition of this Museum. It fosters a creative spark, a vitality and appreciation for a wide variety of visual art that spills over to include music, theater and other art forms. I admire and appreciate the tenacity and will-power demonstrated in creating this wonderful center for the Arts in the community of Chico.
We are the Adult class at Chico high school and would like to give MONCA, our neighbor on the Esplanade, A big THANK YOU for all the opportunities you have provided for our class. You are, of course, our favorite site for vocational experience, but you have also tickled our artistic bones. Not only do students get to appreciate the art while we work, but Pat has included our student artwork in shows which is very exciting for motivational for us. Mucho Gracias MONCA!
Fabulous museum of art, activity and heart! Literally, something for everyone including a library of art books and references and weekly events. And, a historic building was saved, renovated and reused for the public's enjoyment.
What I loved about MONCA was seeing art that reflected the community of Northern California. Such a great representation of the divers culture as well as the broad spectrum of kinds of work that the area produces.
I enjoy the artists’ work that they display and I know they worked long and hard to bring the building up to spec.