Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA)
MCASA is a non-governmental organization established in 2012 with the aim to support and promote contemporary art in Mongolia. The Association implements strategically important projects to improve competitive capacity of Mongolian artists at domestic and international platforms, through involving them in various exhibitions and artistic collaborative projects and works to raise public awareness on social, environmental, political issues through art.
Started with little fund and few staffs, the association has been working ambitiously to fulfill its aim, utilizing limited sources and bringing together people and organizations, who shared their enthusiasm for the support of contemporary art in Mongolia.
Over the last 7 years, MCASA was able to collaborate with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ulaanbaatar City Government, Culture Development Fund, Mongolian embassies abroad, Embassy of the United States in Ulaanbaatar, Goethe Institute, IFA (Germany), Getty Foundation, Prince Claus Fund, Pinault Foundation, Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, Asia Culture Center (Korea), Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, Art Gallery of South Australia, Global art Affairs Foundation, Asia Europe Foundation and otherorganizations, implementing fascinating projects.
MCASA organized Mongolia participation in Venice Art Biennale (In 2015, 2017, 2019) and collaborated with Documenta 14, Germany (2017), Asia Pacific Triennial, Australia (2015, 2019), Yinchuan Biennale, China (2018), Busan Biennale See Festival, Korea (2019) to involve Mongolian artists first time in these well-known exhibitions.
In collaboration with 976 Art Gallery, MCASA organized over 90 exhibitions, performance shows and public discussions and became an “art incubator” like space for both artists and the audience; offered different artistic expressions to the public, making fundamental contributions to the city life. Art for public awareness series have become signature projects of MCASA and 976 Art Gallery, each time attracting over 3.000 visitors and reaching over 300.000 people through various media channels.
Through activities and efforts of MCASA, in 7 years, over 70 artists, journalists and art managers were able to receive small to large size grants.
The founder of MCASA Mrs. B.Gantuya is a Fulbright alumna; holds MA in Economics from Williams College, MA, USA. She was the first ever Commissioner of Mongolia in Venice Art Biennale (2015), Project Director in 2017 and Artistic Curator in 2019. Besides her permanent work, she served as a Vice President of MASA (Mongolian Association of State Alumni. She was invited to 8 World Summit for Arts and Culture in Malta 2016, Culture Summit Abu Dhabi 2018 and GAAB world Summit Warsaw 2019, to speak about her experience of supporting contemporary art during the time of budget deficit and luck of support from the government. She is one of the authors of Daybook, published by Documenta 14 and official catalog of 58th Venice Art Biennale.