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  • Nominations Open for 2017 Muncie Mayor’s Arts Awards The Muncie Arts and Culture Council, in collaboration with the City of Muncie, is pleased to announce it is accepting nominations for the 2017 Mayor’s Arts Awards. The Mayor’s Arts Awards recognize the contributions to the cultural community by city residents, artists, educators, organizations, and business leaders. The goal of this program is to help cultivate ...
  • 2016 – Year in Review As we near year’s end, we are absolutely thrilled to celebrate the arts community, artists, and arts patrons alike who have made 2016 so very exciting! 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 ...
  • Art Banner Program Muncie Arts and Culture Council, with the support of local building owners, has installed two prominent works of art on buildings in downtown Muncie. Large-scale, all-weather, temporary banners display reproductions of famous portraits and paintings, turning the sides of downtown buildings into art installations and conversation pieces. Frank Petty, a downtown property developer, owner, and Ball State graduate, was ...
  • Director’s Notes – August 2016 Summer of 2016 has been unusually busy for artists and arts organizations around Muncie. For MACC, much of our efforts have gone into our continued development of the artist culture in MadJax, the Muncie makers hub opening soon. We will have more to announce on that initiative in the very near future. But in the ...
  • Director’s Notes – May 2016 Happy Spring, all! It’s been a cold one so far, but here’s to coming weeks of happy sunshine and warm weather! In the meantime, we’re happy for the opportunity to touch base before everyone is “off to the races” with summer events. We want to thank all who came out to our public meeting in mid ...
  • Delaware County Bison-tennial Artist – Denise King The Muncie Arts and Culture Council, in partnership with Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, is pleased to announce the selection of Denise King as selected artist for the Bison-tennial Public Art project. This project is part of a 2016 state-wide endeavor to celebrate Indiana’s 2ooth Statehood Day. It will comprise ...
  • 2016 Arts Fair at Festival on the Green Muncie Arts & Culture Council is thrilled to be partnering with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra for Festival on the Green! This year’s festival will be Saturday, June 11th, on the Arts Terrace at Ball State University. The Arts Fair, hosted by MACC, will begin at 5:30 pm. The MSO concert will begin at 7 pm. Booth ...
  • Director’s Notes – April 2016 Proud times to be part of Muncie! So many projects; so much energy! We’re doing our best to keep up with of all you; creatives are a busy lot! And all the while, we’ve got our hands full with a growing list of “MACCtivities.” Here’s a rundown of what we’re up to & we hope you’ll ...
  • Bison-Tennial Public Art Project In partnership with Indiana Association of United Ways and the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, Muncie Arts & Culture Council will be participating in the Bison-tennial Public Art Project, taking place across Indiana to celebrate Indiana’s 200th Statehood Day. This project will comprise of a 5-foot-tall fiberglass bison that will be decorated and displayed with at least ...
  • Betty Brewer: STEM to STEAM In a February 23 Op-Ed piece in The New York Times, Arnold Weinstein advised “Don’t Turn Away From the Art of Life.” He opined that “great works of art tell us about shape-shifting, about the world and ourselves as more mobile, more misperceived, more dimensional beings, than science or our senses would have us believe.” In ...
  • March First Thursday at GearBox: Muncie Muncie Arts & Culture Council is pleased to announce the next First Thursday event at GearBox: Muncie for March 3, 2016 from 5 – 9 PM. Dynamo Art Collective will exhibit its 7th show “Bold and Broke” featuring work from more than 20 artists. The exhibit is largely comprised of current and former Ball State students and includes drawing, painting, ...
  • Director’s Notes – January 2016 At the Muncie Arts & Culture Council, we are filled with excitement and anticipation as we launch into 2016 – and launch is the word!  Here’s just a hint of what we’re up to:   GearBox.  You’ve probably read in the paper about the Makers Hub being planned for the former Cintas building. So, here’s the ...
  • PRIMER: A Pop-Up Show Call for entries opens November 16, 2015 with a deadline of November 27 at midnight. The first in a short series of exhibits, PRIMER is a juried, regional exhibition of contemporary artwork. The series serves to promote artists living and working in Indiana by featuring a variety of media and techniques with a focus on current trends in contemporary ...
  • Muncie Arts Scene in Exciting Transition The arts scene in Muncie is in an exciting period of growth and transition. Barely a month ago, Muncie Arts and Culture Council along with the City of Muncie hosted the inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards. It was a fabulous event at Minnetrista, allowing the community to recognize and honor the talent and dedication of over ...
  • Andrew Schultz to Design & Fabricate Mayor’s Arts Award In May of this year, MACC issued an RFP for local artists to create the 2015 Mayor’s Arts Award. Historically, awards for these types of honors are actual pieces of art rather than trophies or plaques. It was decided that in this, our inaugural year, the award must contain an element of glass, in honor of Muncie’s glass ...
  • ArtsWalk Booth Space Available MACC Sponsors ArtsWalk Booth Space for Artists and Arts Organizations ArtWalk is the biggest annual celebration of Muncie’s Arts and Culture and will attract thousands to downtown Muncie on October 1, 2015, 5:00 – 9:00 pm. Artists and Arts Organizations wishing to promote themselves are encouraged to register for a free booth which will give you space to sell ...
  • Betty Brewer: Awards Recognize the Importance of the Arts The arts improve critical thinking skills. Integrating arts into other academic subjects improves problem solving abilities and competencies in all areas. Field trips to art museums will make your kids better thinkers … and nicer people! There are so many research studies — through education programs, scientists, engineers, university-museum partnerships — that can be referenced. ...
  • Mayor’s Arts Awards   The Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC), in conjunction with the City of Muncie, would like to announce the Inaugural Mayor’s Arts Awards to be presented September 30, 2015.  The Mayor’s Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. Nominations are ...
  • Carl Schafer: Ball State Students Part of ArtsWalk Since Beginning There is a lot of talk these days at Ball State about “community engagement,” which promotes a more integral relationship between the university and Muncie, and to encourage the university’s departments and faculty to participate in the city’s well-being. Read the full article at the Star Press here: http://www.thestarpress.com/story/life/2014/10/01/ball-state-students-part-artswalk-since-beginning/16555593/
  • Carl Schafer: Great Things Can Happen with Few Resources Every day, just outside the Fine Arts building, I walk past the odd and fascinating likeness of Dr. Alice Welty Nichols with her high flying crew cut hair and horn-rimmed glasses. Read the full article at the Star Press here: http://www.thestarpress.com/story/life/2014/08/06/great-things-can-happen-with-few-resources/13696285/