The Middle East Center for the Arts (MECA) was founded in 2012 by Eugene Lemay and Yigal Ozeri with the core mission of supporting and promoting contemporary art from the region while encouraging artistic collaboration and dialogue. Through a unique range of exhibition programming, educational initiatives, and strategic partnerships, MECA serves as a hub for cultural discourse and debate.
Located on the third floor of Mana Contemporary, MECA’s exhibition program showcases the depth and diversity of art from the region and its diasporas, presenting the works of both renowned and emerging artists and offering a unique, distinct voice within the greater New York arts scene. MECA cultivates partnerships and collaborations by working directly with artists and institutions in the development of its programming.
Directed by Tyler Waywell, MECA is rapidly broadening its series of educational initiatives, including artist talks, performances, and lectures that further its mission to offer an educational venue for the public. In 2014, MECA will inaugurate its artist residency program, which will allow artists from the region to work at the center and provide opportunities to mount collaborative exhibitions.