Madeira Street Axis (MSA) uses art as a catalyst to build community and bring people together, with an emphasis on building bridges among people of different backgrounds. This project was conceived by gallery owner and artist Maxine Taylor.
MSA accomplishes its mission through five types of programming
Madeira Street Axis, is a program fiscally sponsored by Fusion Partnerships Inc.
Youth Arts Programming: K-8 students along with their art teachers collaborate with professional artists. They have an annual exhibition of their own work at MAXgallery. There is also an ongoing 8 week cycle of Saturday art classes for ages 6-11.
Gallery Exchanges: MSA works to break down the “silos” in the arts communities by encouraging cross cultural collaboration and exposure among artists of diverse backgrounds.
Nurturing artists with disabilities: Through a partnership with MAKE Studio, MSA provides opportunities for disabled artists to create and exhibit their work with others in a professional
Entrepreneurship thorough the arts: In partnership with the East Side Works program, MSA works with artists to produce and sell marketable products.
Community Forums: These are events where people from diverse communities, varied life experience and ethnicity, examine and expand their perceptions and build relationships through open dialog.
MSA thrives because Maxine Taylor has owned and operated, since 2013, a successful and respected community gallery. MAXgallery donates programming space and professional expertise for MSA’s programs.