From enormous images by noted photographers to a close-up of a butterfly, the Museum of Outdoor Photographic Art is redefining the word “museum.” Our outdoor ArtWall stretches 386 feet along San Diego’s F Street. The photographers featured in our SMARTS Farm exhibits are young people aged six to 16. Located on the streets, always open to the public, MoOPA’s mission is to display great art and encourage creativity.
The Museum of Outdoor Photographic Art–MoOPA–is a new kind of museum, located on the streets, always open to the public, displaying photography and encouraging creation.
[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_photo-2.jpg]Photograph by Zachary
Photograph taken during our Summer PhotoSmarts Program.
PhotoSmarts Class, second day. Wheat paste their masterpiece to Smarts Farm's wall. [img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_img_0035.jpg]
Photograph taken by student of PhotoSmarts Program.[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_img_0071.jpg]
Photograph taken by student of PhotoSmarts Program.[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_brooke_smartsfarm-0004.jpg]
PhotoSmarts Program, Artist Brooke.[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_artwallpostcard-sml.jpg]
[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_py1a0481-mts.jpg]Photo by Michael Trimble
[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_py1a0338_mt.jpg]Photo by Michael Trimble
[img src=http://humanesmarts.org/wp-content/flagallery/moopa/thumbs/thumbs_humanemural_1_mt.jpg]Photo by Michael Trimble
MoOPA projects and programs
Offered in collaboration with SMARTS Farm, our photography program for kids helps budding photographers see the world in new ways. Young people aged six to 16 gather at Humane Smarts’ collaborative garden to learn about photography, create their own images, and paste their prints at the farm. Please contact us for dates and details.
WHERE NORTH MEETS SOUTH
This impressive installation, located on F Street between 14th and 15th, has transformed an empty East Village furniture warehouse and features the work of three talented photographers:
- For many years, Susan Madden Lankford focused her cameras on the streets of San Diego. Her portraits on the ArtWall capture a vibrant, diverse, and often underserved community.
- Matt Black’s powerful work chronicles the decline of traditional farming. His images feature a village in the Mixteca, an impoverished region of Mexico that has lost nearly 80 percent of its population to migration North.
- Polly Lankford Smith’s simple, poignant photograph of a cone flower links the images from North and South, evoking the broader vision of Humane Smarts.
Beyond telling a compelling story of migration, alienation, and interconnection, the goal of “Where North Meets South” is to underscore the transformative power of art, and to inspire community residents to seek outlets for their own creativity.
MoOPA envisions many more projects for the East Village and greater San Diego area, including:
- Thematic exhibits of photography by San Diego’s youth
- Tours of MoOPA as our collection of Wall Art grows