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Mingei International to open a museum satellite in Escondido

Mingei International Museum, with its flagship home in Balboa Park since August 1996, has acquired a 21,000-square-foot building on Escondido's Grand Avenue at Maple Street, one and one-half blocks south of the California Center for the Arts -- the city's $100 million cultural center.

The purchase of the property was made possible by gifts from three members of the museum's board of trustees.

The North County satellite is a step toward meeting Mingei International's long-range strategic plan, which is to provide more and more people the opportunity of directly seeing the finest creative works of peoples from all cultures of the world.

The future Museum Satellite will provide:

* A 5,000-square-foot, 21 foot-high exhibition gallery for the museum's expanding permanent collection -- now more than 12,500 art objects from 100 countries throughout the world.

* Art in Action, a multimedia education center for reading exhibition-related materials and viewing videotapes, as well as for hands-on activities including artist or craftsman demonstrations.

* Collector's gallery/museum store, a branch of the Balboa Park Museum Store.

* A marketing center for Mingei International publications and videotapes -- 45 to date.

* Design and preparation center for expanding Mingei International's customized traveling exhibition program, initiated with the museum's founding in 1978.

"The establishment of Mingei International's Satellite in Escondido is a most significant step in continuing fulfillment of the museum's mission of furthering understanding of art of people from all cultures of the world, said Martha Longenecker, Mingei International founder and director.

"MINGEI (art of all people) reveals similarities and distinctions of individuals and cultures through the international language of line, form and color -- communication that knows no barriers of time, place or race.

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