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MOCA welcomes artists, visitors, students, and collaborators with diverse backgrounds, as they truly represent the complexity of modern life. The richest experiences are generated when diverse groups collaborate and share their unique views.

Economic Impact

MOCA Tucson is an important anchor institution in Tucson’s downtown revitalization and plays a crucial role in its economic advancement and the cultural relevance of Pima County.

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MOCA challenges the status quo by curating exhibitions that showcase the unique lenses through which contemporary artists see the world we live in.


MOCA’s mission is to inspire new ways of thinking through the cultivation, exhibition, and interpretation of contemporary art.

Contemporary Art

Established by artists, MOCA is Tucson’s only museum devoted exclusively to contemporary art from Tucson and around the globe. MOCA is committed to thinking globally, acting locally, and engaging with the ethics and aesthetics of contemporary life.

The arts run a US trade surplus of over 20 billion dollars a year.

Arts sector employs roughly 4.9 million Americans earning over $370 billion a year.

Independent artists, writers, and performers collectively ad over $20 billion to the U.S. economy annually.

The total economic contribution of museums in 2016 amounted to more than $50 billion in GDP, 726,200 jobs, and $12 billion in taxes to local, state, and federal governments.

For every $100 of economic activity created by museums, an additional $220 is created in other sectors of the US economy as a result of supply chain and employee expenditure impacts.