Dear Friends,

I have some big news to share with you: The Lab at Belmar is joining forces with the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. That’s right, this is big like Canada. I will be the new Director of MCA Denver and Sarah Baie will join me on staff to run The Lab’s programs from within the MCA. Let me assure you that when we move into our new home, we will continue to provide you with everything that you love about The Lab and more.

This development is the fruit of six years of working with you to re-imagine the 21st century museum experience. We launched The Lab in an empty storefront in Belmar with a tag team lecture on Surreal Cinema and Brunello Wine and an audience of twelve. Now, we can barely fit the hundreds of you that show up regularly to our programs and exhibitions. Your support has made us bigger and more successful than we could have ever dreamed. And that’s why this change makes sense: it’s the next step in our evolution.

The MCA Denver is a great match for The Lab. It has an intimate scale that you will find familiar but it gives us the capacity to enlarge and develop our programming to reach much broader audiences.

We are leaving our Belmar digs in April, at the conclusion of our popular series Feminism & Co. The Mixed Taste series and all other Lab programs will take place downtown at MCA Denver starting this summer. At that time, your membership and passes will transfer to the MCA at the appropriate levels.

We are sad to leave Belmar, Lakewood, and the lovely building we’ve called home for the past two and half years. But The Lab has never been about a place. It’s always been about an idea, the idea that as much as we cherish art, we must also seek meaning and wonder in the minutiae of our everyday world. At MCA Denver, we will have a greater ability to create exhibitions and programs that explore this powerful notion.

To our Lakewood neighbors, we are grateful for all of your support. We very much look forward to seeing you at our programs downtown.

To everyone who made a gift to The Lab, all of your donor benefits will apply at the MCA and we look forward to continuing our relationship as we expand and enhance the programs that you helped nurture.

All this is to say that we’ll be bringing with us the pickles, the polar bears, and the sacks of rubble to the MCA’s elegant new building.

What happens when they arrive is another question. As our two organizations join forces, something new will emerge, something that we will all discover together. We do know that, with your help, it will become a newly vibrant institution that will contribute significantly to the greatness of our city.

The Board of Trustees of both The Lab and MCA Denver recognize that this merger is a huge boost to the region and will advance Denver’s reputation as a center for creativity and cultural innovation. This is yet another step forward in the robust cultural growth of the region.

The Lab will remain open and will continue programming at Belmar until April 26, 2009. After that date, The Lab programming will take place at MCA Denver. The transfer of member benefits to the closest equivalent MCA Denver levels will begin on May 1, 2009.

We will host a question and answer session about the transition on Thursday, February 26, 5:30-6:30pm at The Lab, before the program that evening. It would be my pleasure to talk with you in person about this important moment in The Lab’s history.

So, finally, thank you for all that you have done to build and support The Lab. We look forward to seeing you at The Lab’s programs this spring and then at MCA Denver in the very near future.


Adam Lerner
and The Board of Trustees
of The Lab at Belmar