In the beginning, Monongalia Arts Center was the only organization offering community arts classes in the region. As our community grew, so did its needs. MAC was there for them, always providing the home and a starting point for arts education and programming. Almost every arts organization in the region founded after 1978 has gotten its start at MAC, either by its founders starting as teachers at MAC and/or by having used MAC as a liaison to the greater Morgantown community. This is a point of pride for MAC and we continue to provide this service. As new organizations sprout to fulfill the needs of niche aspirations, MAC evolves to work in new under-serviced areas.
Today, MAC focuses on affordable personalized arts education as well as providing visual arts, music, and literary education to underprivileged and socioeconomically challenged communities beyond the Morgantown city limits. We offer a plethora of custom private lessons in music, drawing, painting, sculpture, glass work, and writing workshops for a fraction of the cost of a similar education anywhere else in our area. If you desire a certain art skill and have four friends who want to join you, MAC will even customize a class to your needs and schedule at anytime.
Seeing the desperate state of art education in Monongalia County in 1992 during a hard local depression, MAC created ArtsReach.
Today, ArtsReach focuses on schools and communities beyond Morgantown city limits. Almost every school outside of our county seat has more than 75% of its students on subsidized and discounted school lunches. Art education develops critical thinking skills and directly impacts math, science, and language skills. Denying art education is denying our youth a better future. MAC sends teachers and performers to schools and community centers and, If possible, MAC brings students and families to the arts by sponsoring field trips to regional and national art events and centers.