We believe the new face of the NCMA Park will:
1. Connect art, nature, and people to encourage creative experiences and human interactions.
2. Distinguish the NCMA as a regional cultural destination with beautifully designed spaces and endless possibilities to explore and engage with art in nature.
3. Create a special gathering space for a broadly diversified community.
4. Unify our campus to connect the “Museum” and the “Park” into one memorable destination, with works of art and elements of design integrated into thoughtfully crafted experiences.
5. Reimagine what a museum can be: a place for elegant gallery and outdoor art adventures; performances; play, recreation, and imagination; events, exhibitions, and installations; and a creative escape.
6. Help revitalize our neighborhood and present a new public identity by bringing the NCMA Park to Blue Ridge Road, connecting the Park to the city via the expanded Greenway trail, and inviting passersby to enter the Museum grounds through world-class contemporary gardens.
About the Project:
The Museum began construction to expand the NCMA Park in August 2015. It enlisted landscape architecture and urban design firm Civitas, Inc., of Denver, Colorado, to develop the plan, led by the NCMA’s Dan Gottlieb, director of planning, design, and Museum Park.
To unify the campus, the project includes new tree-lined parking, contemporary Wave and Parterre gardens, a Promenade walk connecting Park and galleries, and the Ellipse—a spectacular lawn overlooking the Park’s rolling meadow. The Museum also installed significant sculptures by Giuseppe Penone and Hank Willis Thomas in the new gardens, with others to follow. A public celebration is planned for November 6, with outdoor activities for all ages.
The Park already draws more than 150,000 annual visits, and we anticipate welcoming many more art, nature, and recreation enthusiasts. Long-term plans include expanded trails, environmental restoration projects, and additional works of art and programs in the Park.
Read about the project in the New York Times!