The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) has been awarded a total of $275,000 in grants from three Atlanta foundations. This influx of cash promises to enhance the institution’s mission to promote all things design, which has ranged from exhibitions on fashion and game design to third-world innovations.
The bulk of the funds, $150,000, comes from the Metropolitan Atlanta Arts Fund and is intended for general operating expenses. Another $90,000 was given by the Lettie Pate Evans Foundation to upgrade the building and its technology in order to improve the presentation of exhibitions and programs. The Zeist Foundation has granted MODA $25,000 to reinforce its STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art/design, and math) and Design Thinking programs for underserved youth, and an additional $10,000 to help retire old debt.
MODA is located directly across the street from the High Museum on the ground floor of an office building. The 25-year old institution, founded in 1993 as the Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, moved from Peachtree Center to its Midtown location in 2011. The cost of admission ranges from $5 to $10.
Earlier this fall, MODA was a beneficiary of the Jamestown Charitable Foundation’s Party at Ponce in October, which raised $250,000 that was divided among MODA, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, the BeltLine Partnership, and Georgia Organics farm.