Beautiful images of art adorn downtown buildings. Neighborhood arts projects have been brought to life. The foundation for a strategic Public Art Plan and Cultural Trail development has now been laid. And an 88,000 square foot Maker’s space that will house a one-of-its-kind Art Gallery and studio spaces, is coalescing for a 2017 launch. 2016 was quite the year for the Arts in and around Muncie!
It’s easy to get excited about projects that celebrate our creative class, beautify our community, and make a strategic difference in Quality of Place for all. We hope that you are excited as well! We also hope that you will join us as we strive to elevate the arts in our community to an even greater extent!
We know that support for and participation in the arts in our community is the canvas from which cultural regeneration springs! Your contributions to MACC have made these initiatives possible:
• Mayor’s Arts Awards – Watch for details about our Second Biennial Mayor’s Arts Awards nominations and ceremony in 2017
• Public Art Plan
• Cultural Trail
• Banner and Mural Program
• Professional Workshops
• Membership Program – Learn more about our membership program & sign up today!
• Marketing & PR – Last year we launched our new website to help connect Muncie’s arts community, and this year we moved even closer to building an online artist registry. 2016 saw our MACC billboard promoting local arts & culture endeavors in various locations throughout the city. Our newsletters send MACC related news and event information directly to your inbox. We’ve also stepped up our social media game to keep our supporters in touch with current arts & culture events and opportunities at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
• Special Projects and Events – In partnership with Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, MACC participated in the Bison-tennial Public Art Project and selected Denise King as the Delaware County Bison-tennial Artist, Festival on the Green saw MACC partner with Muncie Symphony Orchestra to host an arts fair featuring local artists and artisans on the Arts Terrace at Ball State University. ArtsWalk celebrated 15 years and welcomed one of its largest crowds. Muncie MusicFest celebrated 10 years with more than 130 musicians and six venues throughout the city with presentation support from MACC. Other projects include a video screening of new work by visiting artist Lydia Moyer, a showcase of brand new choreography with visiting choreographer Sidra Bell, and a special ArtsWalk exhibit collaboration featuring Ball State University School of Art students and IDIA Lab The Institute for Digital Intermedia Arts at Ball State University.
Help us keep the momentum for the arts going and growing in 2017, and allow us to take the next important steps towards developing these new programs:
• Artist Live/Work Opportunities
• Artist Residency Program
• MACC Gallery in Madjax
• Artist Workshop & Studio Space in Madjax
• Neighborhood Creative Crosswalks and other Arts projects
If you value these programs and look forward to advancing Muncie’s arts & culture scene, please consider supporting MACC with your annual giving. Enabling the arts to thrive in our community is a partnership, and your help allows us to advocate for our artisans, performers, non-profit organizations, local businesses, and cultural events! Individuals, businesses, and groups can take part in enhancing our community’s artistic and cultural value by making a direct donation or becoming a MACC Member today!
Big thanks go out to each and every one of you who has supported and participated in MACC events this year. We couldn’t do any of it without your continued enthusiasm and driving advocacy for the arts.
Happy Holidays! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2017!