The Bylaws of the Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association, known as MAPAPA states that: “The Purpose of the Corporation is to educate artists and the general public about the artistry and traditions of plein air painting through workshops, exhibitions and public programs. This includes promoting knowledge and appreciation among artists and the general public about the techniques and traditions of outdoor painting that directly depict the beauty in nature and in our surroundings by fine art painting executed in natural light. The corporation will engage in charitable educational activity for and with artists, cultural organizations, the general public, businesses and other organizations to develop, promote and maintain standards for outdoor, plein air painting and to conduct associated educational, cultural and artistic activities for the benefit of all persons in the State of Maryland and elsewhere.
MAPAPA continues to strive to fulfill its corporate mission by faithfully maintaining it 501(c) 3 public charity status and educational commitment to artists and the general public. This is being done by sponsoring group painting opportunities, workshops taught by artists of national merit, exhibition opportunities and relationships forged with other painting organizations that further promote the same goals.
MAPAPA is a 501(c)(3) public charity serving the artist community with opportunities for high quality educational programs. Through exhibitions, workshops and special events, MAPAPA the tradition of outdoor painting is fostered.
MAPAPA was organized in 2001 and was incorporated and given its tax status in 2003 to serve as a host for Paint Annapolis, the organization's premier painting event held in September of each year in Annapolis, MD. MAPAPA passed it's five year review and was confirmed as a not-for-profit, 501 (c) (3) public charity. It was also granted tax exempt status by the state of Maryland.