Contractors began tearing down a building in Rockland on October 27, 2014, to make way for a new home for the Center for Maine Contemporary Art(CMCA). CMCA got special permission to build a new contemporary building in Rockland going against city ordinances. City officials agreed to the modern design of the new CMCA museum/workshop space because Rockland has become a go-to place for fine art in Maine.
The move to Rockland will enable CMCA to stay open year-round and increase its presence and Rockland’s reputation for a growing creative economy and cultural community.
The art center will move seven miles south to downtown Rockland by July 2016. CMCA has been in Rockport since 1952.