Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA)
Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (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 visibility of Mongolian art at international and domestic platforms, supports Mongolian artists through involving them in international competitions, exchange and grant programs and works to raise public awareness through art.
Started with very little fund and few numbers of staff, 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. Within only 5 years of existence MCASA was able to organize Mongolia Pavilion in Venice Biennale twice in 2015 and 2017, collaborated with Asia Pacific Triennial 8 and Documenta 14 on the first ever Mongolian artists participation. It also received grants and partnered with Goethe Institute, Prince Clause Fund, Asia Society, Getty Foundation, SDC, U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Asia-Europe Foundation and other domestic and international organizations and media.
Through MCASA activities and efforts, in 5 years, over 40 Mongolian artists were able to receive small and big size grants, including Pollock-Krasner Grant.