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8 Hooper Street, Marblehead, MA 01945
The Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) was founded in 1922 by a small group of artists who took action to their beliefs that a vibrant art community was integral to the well-being of Marblehead and the surrounding community. Three years later there were 153 members and 3500 visitors at their first large exhibit at the American Legion Hall. By 1938, the MAA was thriving and in need of larger exhibit spaces resulting in that same year, the purchase of the dilapidated King Hooper Mansion. Committed to preserving an important piece of Marblehead’s history the mansion was restored and in 1975 was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places, one of only twelve in Marblehead.
The MAA continues to grow and prosper currently serving 600 artistically diverse artist, associate and corporate members. Four galleries by artist members and guest artists change monthly, displaying over 1,200 original works of art annually. A thriving gift shop gives MAA artisans an opportunity to sell their fine crafts.
A cornerstone of the MAA is arts education and programming, including adult and children’s classes, musical and theatre performances and a vibrant lecture series. Each year the MAA awards a scholarship to a Marblehead High School student pursuing an education in fine arts.