The Museum's concept of environmental synthesis won the American Institute of Architecture Award, and in 1982 the concept of art in everyday life further developed by establishing the Museum of Outdoor Arts as a nonprofit organization.
In order to conserve and enhance the natural beauty of the original Madden development, Greenwood Plaza, which is sited on a high plain south of Denver and east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains, a one-percent-for-art program was established to fund the purchase of art. Noted regional, national and international artists were commissioned to create site-specific pieces.
In 2000, the Museum of Outdoor Arts opened its indoor galleries, studios and offices in the Englewood Civic Center.
MOA holds ever- changing exhibits, integrated arts performances and special events designed to highlight the dynamic redevelopment of City Center Englewood and its commitment to visual and performing arts as an indispensable part of community life. Greenwood Plaza in Greenwood Village continues to be a prime showcase for the Museum's collection. Also located in Greenwood Plaza is MOA's Marjorie Park (unstaffed location), which is a large sculpture park that is open to the public most days and acts as ingress and egress to Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre. The amphitheatre is also owned by MOA and is operated through a partnership with AEG Presents.
When the Museum of Outdoor Arts opened to the public in 1981 there were 19 art acquisitions on display. Currently, the pieces in the collection number over 200.
The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a forerunner in the placement of site-specific sculpture in Colorado. MOA specializes in creating environments that promote a range of sculpture, as well as performance art. Our art collection is located within various public locations throughout the Denver metro area. From commercial office parks to botanic gardens, city parks and traditional sculpture gardens; art is placed to interpret space as “a museum without walls.” Employing a combination of art, architecture, and landscape, MOA is best known for integrating these disciplines in order to create exemplary environments. Foremost, the Museum of Outdoor Arts believes in ‘making art a part of everyday life’ by integrating the arts into public spaces accessible by all.
MOA is headquartered at the Englewood Civic Center in the heart of Englewood. MOA also offeres indoor galleries, studios and special events and programs. Please feel free to stop by for a visit or contact us anytime.