DEC. 13, 2014 – SEP. 6, 2015



MOLAA is pleased to present Transformations, an exhibition that visually portrays the inspiring, life-changing stories of five community members and showcases the Museum’s collection in a new and creative way. Collaborating with MOLAA’s Curator of Collections, Carlos Ortega, the five participants selected artwork from MOLAA’s collection that they felt best depicted their emotional state both before and after their life-changing event. Their stories explore the durability of the human spirit in the face of extremely complex human experiences ranging from topics like dealing with cancer to gang violence.

By sharing these stories and encouraging visitors to do the same, MOLAA hopes to represent the emotional power of art and the diversity, challenges and creativity of the community. MOLAA commissioned conceptual artist, Kendell Carter, to design a key component of the exhibition, an area for reflection and creative exchange where visitors can gather, interact, and share their own transformations. Characteristic of his work, Carter utilized elements of popular urban culture in developing the space.


Curated by MOLAA Curator of Collections, Carlos Ortega

In the News

MOLAA Receives THEA Award for Outstanding Achievement for Transformations Exhibition


MOLAA's exhibition TRANSFORMATIONS won a 2017 THEA Award from the Themed Entertainment Association! Congratulations to MOLAA Curator, Carlos Ortega and exhibition participants Felicia Magliula, Lorena Mercado, Rocio Villalobos, Willie Quiñones, and Juan Gonzalez - who received a standing ovation at the elegant black-tie awards ceremony on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim. MOLAA took home the award for Museum Exhibit on a Limited Budget and shared the distignusihed honor with other awardees including: the Van Gogh Museum, Shanghai Disneyland, and Universal Studios Theme parks among others.

The prestigious TEA Thea Award is considered one of the attractions industry's greatest honors and reflects the very best the industry has to offer.