MONA MISSION STATEMENT
The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art. Neon is a gateway between scientific principles and artistic expression. Neon illumination integrates electrical technology, creative design, and fundamental concepts of physics and chemistry. The Museum of Neon Art is the only museum in the world devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over four decades.
- EXHIBITIONS: Electric and light-based arts illuminating the past, present, and future through permanent and rotating exhibitions;
- EDUCATION: New fully immersive, standards-aligned learning programs teaching science through art;
- PRESERVATION: Over thirty years of successful outreach programs raising awareness of the cultural and economic value of historic signage;
- COMMUNITY: Serving Glendale and Southern California communities through inclusive on- and off-site programming.
MONA was founded as a 501(c)(3) non-profit art museum in 1981, by artists Lili Lakich and Richard Jenkins in downtown Los Angeles. Their intent was to create an awareness for historic neon sign preservation and to showcase this electrifying contemporary art form. After several relocations, (Universal CityWalk, Grand Hope Park and the Historic Core), the museum successfully negotiated a permanent home in the city of Glendale, where it anchors the southern end of the Arts and Entertainment Corridor. Throughout its 40+ year history, MONA has fostered an awareness of historic neon signage through its LUMENS project with the City of L.A. and its popular bus tour, the Neon Cruise™. MONA has witnessed the rise and fall of neon used by the sign industry and the current resurgence of neon used by creative artists and commercial designers today. The MONA facility in Glendale has a classroom on the premises where visitors can watch skilled neon craftspeople fabricating and processing the neon tube and take hands-on classes to learn this fascinating art form.