Now in its 10th decade, the Marblehead Arts Association (MAA) is located in the historic King Hooper Mansion. The MAA was founded in 1922 by a small group of artists who took action to support their beliefs that a vibrant art community was integral to the well-being of Marblehead and the surrounding community. Three years later, there were 153 members and 3500 visitors at their first large exhibit at the American Legion Hall. By 1938, the MAA was thriving and in need of a larger exhibit space. As a result, later that same year they purchased the dilapidated King Hooper Mansion. Committed to preserving an important piece of Marblehead’s history the mansion was restored and in 1975 was admitted to the National Register of Historic Places, one of only twelve in Marblehead.