Mono Arts Council
MAC provides visual and performing arts education for K-12 students in school, after school, and during the summer. We ensure every student in Mono County has access to this VITAL part of their education. Arts education increases test scores and attendance. Making art supports good mental health and provides opportunities for social-emotional learning. Our adult programs, including Art & Wine, the gallery, and the Mammoth Lakes Arts on the 4th Festival help us raise money and awareness for arts education and give local artists a place to showcase their talents.
What We Do
Our arts education programs are the core of our mission. Mono Arts Council partners with the Mono County Office of Education, the Mammoth Unified School District, and the Easterm Sierra Unified School District to fill the gaps in arts education. We provide highly skilled Teaching Artists and art supplies for a variety of programs from Kindergarten - 8th grade.
Last month, we launched what will hopefully be an annual program called the Cultural Arts Program. We brought back visiting artists Dandha da Hora and Papiba Godinho, from the Santa Cruz based band Samba Dá.
We launched the program in our smaller district, the Eastern Sierra Unified School District, where over 250 students in grades Kindergarten - 8th grade participated in this richly interactive program, where each school spent a week learning about Brazilian Culture through Capoeira, Song, Dance, Art, and Percussion. Each school had about 3-4 hours of rehearsal/learning time throughout the week for each group of students,
and the end result was a fantastic assembly performance by each group at the end of the week. Each student decorated their own "Bucket Drum" in honor of the upcoming Carnival in Brazil, which they were able to keep and take home.
We would like to thank Chris Lizza, Dave Marquart & Connie Henderson, the Andruss Motel, and Mono County for their contributions that made this program possible.
Special Guest Artist
Brent Witters works with paints and fluids that are primarily discarded materials. This creates a link between his work and our culture at large that sees things as largely disposable. His colors are in effect chosen by someone else, the person that discarded paint originally. This paint may may have been used in their home, to touch up a vehicle or used on furniture. Brent Witter's Alternative Landscapes Series explores the material properties of paint, how they react on paper and wood blocks and how these chemical reactions create abstract landscapes with unusual color, depth and surfaces
‘Alternative Landscapes’ opened for viewing on February 10th and will run through April 30th, 2023.
The Art Reception to meet Brent will be held Friday, Saturday, February 18th from 5:30-7:30pm at the MAC Gallery & Community Arts Center. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
Alternative Landscapes Announcement