Mongolian Contemporary Art Support Association (MCASA)
The 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. The association also supports Mongolian artists through involving them in international competitions, exchanges and grant programs. One of their main goals is to raise public awareness through art.
Founded with very little funding and few staff members, the association has been working ambitiously to fulfill its aim by 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, the MCASA was able to organize the Mongolia Pavilion in Venice Biennale twice in 2015 and 2017, and additionally collaborated with Asia Pacific Triennial 8 and Documenta 14, which, for the first time, had participating Mongolian artists. It has 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.
Through MCASA's activities and efforts, in only 5 years, over 40 Mongolian artists were able to receive grants of various values, including the Pollock-Krasner Grant.