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Songwriter's Workshop
Come join singer/songwriter Faith Ward for for an evening of songcraft sharing and learning. It is held every second Friday of the month from 5 Ė 7 pm at the Monson Arts Council House of Art at 200 Main street in Monson. It is timed as a lead in to the Greene Room Productions OPEN MIC the same evening, 7-9 at the Polish Citizens Club at 6 Bliss street, so make a full evening of music out of it!

Summer Art Camp
This years' Summer Art Camp put on by Monson Parks and Recreation with support from Monson Arts Council will be held the last two weeks of July at Quarry Hill Community School. Young at Art camp will be held the first week, July 20-24 from 9-11a.m. for children ages 5-7. Regular Art Camp will be held July 20-24 and 27-31 from 9-3. Students can attend one or both weeks of camp. Each week we will take a field trip on Wednesday. The first week will be to the Eric Carle Picture Book Museum and the second week will be to the Worcester Art Museum. Andrea Newland will return at the Art Camp Director. Click here for more info and a brochure/application.

Forest of Mystery
On October 2nd and 3rd, there will be an outdoor evening performance at the Keep Homestead Museum in Monson: The Forest of Mystery. It is an outdoor theatrical experience which leads the audience sequentially through a series of scenes, each with its own station, as the audience walks the Keepís woodland trails. It is a collaborative effort organized by Monson Rocks and including the Monson Arts Council, Greene Room Productions and the Keep Homestead Museum. The play is a fantasy, with fairies, elves, riddles and a dragon. There are dozens of characters, many of them children. A group of performers will be at each station along the path, and will repeat their piece of the story for each succeeding group as it comes to them. Anyone who would like to be involved as a performer should stand up and be counted! To sign up as a performer, call Erin of Green Room Productions at (413)668-7284. For any other inquiries, call Reed of Monson Rocks at(413)537-0245

"Lend me a Tenor" a sidesplitting success
The Monson Arts Council spring play "Lend me a Tenor" was staged at the Palmer Historical and Cultural Councilís home, Harmony Hall, for two weekends in May and June, to enthusiastic audiences. The MAC production was directed by Stephanie Gilbert, who created a wonderful show. Click here for a review and photos.

MAC Awards Scholarship
The Monson Arts Council is proud to announce the award of its seventh annual arts scholarship. The winner this year is Hayden Adams, a Monson resident who attended Ludlow High School through school choice in order to improve his opportunities to pursue his music. Click here for more info and a photo.

MAC's 22nd Spring Art Show
The Monson Arts Council 22nd Annual Spring Art Exhibition, Welcome to the World of Art, has closed! This was a fabulous show and we are honored and grateful for a superb attendance! Thanks everyone who came and for all your praise and well wishes. Thanks to our patrons who have purchased their valuable pieces of original art! Thanks to our Sponsors!! - Click here for more info and to view the gallery of works!

Coffee House Unplugged Raises Record Donation
A great evening on April 17 was had by all at the annual Coffee House Unplugged sponsored by the Monson Arts Council to benefit the Monson Free Library. Hope Bodwell was masterful as our emcee introducing the six musicians and six writers who entertained an audience of fifty-five with music, poetry, and story. Friends of the Monson Free Library provided refreshments. The Council donated the proceeds from the evening, $283, to the Monson Free Library. Click here for photos.

Ekphrastic Poetry Workshop pleases both Artists and Participants
Maria Luisa Arroyo, Poet Laureate of Springfield, led twenty-two poets in an Ekphrastic Poetry Writing Workshop at the House of Art on April 15th. The first exercise was in response to Mike Stevens painting "Regretfully Yours." After sharing, writers visited the entire exhibit selecting a work of art that spoke to them. Writers then shared their diverse responses with one another and e-mailed their poems to the artists, who were very touched. This event was sponsored in part by a grant from the Cultural Council.

Monson Arts Council Videos on M-PACT TV
MPACT has several videos about Monson Arts Council activities, you may view the videos by clicking here.

Community Partners
The Community Partners Page recognizes the year-long support of these businesses for the arts in Monson. Click the list to view the page with full information.

Support the MAC!
You can join online, renew your dues - even donate to us using the convenience of your credit card!

Experience the Quaboag Hills Region
While you're in town for any of the MAC's exciting and fun events, download the Chamber of Commerce's Experience the Quaboag Hills Region Visitor's Guide to find listings of many other interesting and fun things to check out while you're here!

Advertising Opportunities with the MAC!

You can now promote your business in the Monson Arts Council's Theater Programs and other printed materials! Click Here for Details!

For further information on any of the Monson Arts Council programs, please contact Maureen Solomon at 413-267-3042.

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