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Barbara Keffer, Recently Named Monson Arts Council Director Emeritus, Passes On.

Barbara Keffer passed away on the morning of March 1st, 2014. Read the obituary here.

Click here to view an article about Barbara's life and enormous impact on the Monson Arts Council.


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The Monson Arts Council welcomes you! Please use the navigation above to have a look around and see what's coming up! We've always got something in the works as we are a very active arts center.

MAC Spring Concert
MAC is hosting a spring concert featuring regional folk singing sensation Bonny Lee Panda (for more info on Bonny, click here), supported by local musician Faith and Tony Ward, and Andii Styron. The concert is on May 3, 7 pm, at the Unitarian Universalist church in downtown Monson. Tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.

Monson Arts Council 21st Anniversary Exhibition
Weekends from March 29 to April 13, 2014, the Monson Arts Council hosted their annual Spring Art Show and Exhibition, The 21st Dimension. Prize Awards and photos will be coming soon. You may still view the gallery online if you missed the show.

"In Good Company" Cabaret
The "In Good Company" Cabaret was held Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 6:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Parish, 117 Main Street, Monson, MA. Music • Dance • Theatre • Hors d’oeuvres • Cash Bar - It was a great event with music and dance numbers from regional and community theaters of seasons past and the promotion of upcoming seasons! Story and photos forthcoming.

Talent Show Thrives Despite Mother Nature
For the second year in a row, the Monson Arts Council talent show "Western Mass Performs", was forced by snow to reschedule, this time to its announced snow date on Sunday, February 16 at 2 pm. Thankfully, all the scheduled acts were able to perform, and It was a great show! Though the crowd was smaller than it might have been, they were enthusiastic and entertained. For full details, click Here to view the complete article with pictures!

Maria Luisa Arroyo to Present Workshop
Local poet Maria Luisa Arroyo will present a workshop entitled "Ekphrasis: Writing Poems in Response to Art" in conjunction with the 21st Annual Spring Art Exhibition and Sale sponsored by the Monson Arts Council. The event is scheduled for Monday, March 31st, 6:30-8:30 at the House of Art, 200 Main Street, Monson. Ms. Arroyo, a Massachusetts Cultural Council Fellow in poetry, is the author of a poetry collection, Gathering Words: Recogiendo Palabras, published in 2008 by Bilingual Review Press, Arizona State University; she enjoys performing her poetry nationally, including in Puerto Rico and in the Palabra Pura Series hosted by The Guild Complex in Chicago. She has facilitated workshops at the previous two Spring Art Exhibits in Monson. Participants will be introduced to various writing techniques for responding to art and then will be afforded the opportunity to tour the exhibit, The 21st Dimension, before composing original poetry. Seating is limited to twenty people. To register, contact Gay Paluch by e-mail john.paluch@comcast.net or by phone 413-893-9014. Additional information about the spring exhibit can be on this site or requested from MacArtShow@earthlink.net.

Coffeehouse Aids Library Programs
The annual Coffeehouse sponsored by the Monson Arts Council was held on Friday night March 21st in the lovely DeSantis Room of the Monson Free Library. The event was a benefit for the library, with all proceeds going to the library's program budget. Click here to view a press release describing this event, and click here for the application.

Summer Art Camp 2014
Let's shake off the cold by thinking about summer 2014! This year's Monson Parks and Rec. Art Camp will be held July 21 to August 1. Young at Art for ages 5-7 will be held the first week, July 21-25. Click here for more details

Silent Auction to Benefit Memorial Hall Raises $7025
The Committee for a Silent Auction to Benefit Memorial Hall extends sincere thanks and appreciation to individual donors, area organizations and businesses who supported our fundraising event. Close to 100 items were available in our auction and the response was enthusiastic and generous! We raised $7025.00 from the Silent Auction and cash donations from local companies, individuals and organizations. Funds will go toward the restoration of Memorial Hall. For full details, click Here to view the complete article with pictures!

35th Annual Holiday Craft Fair a Great Success
This year the popular Thanksgiving weekend event provided organizers with a challenge, the closing of Memorial Hall and the need to find a new building to house crafters normally housed there. Saint Patrick's Church stepped up and allowed the Arts Council to utilize Columbia Hall which is across the street from the Church, and is located three tenths of a mile from Memorial Hall. Craft Fair Coordinator Richard Guertin deemed the Thanksgiving weekend event a resounding success. Click here for complete information, and also see The Craft Show Page.

Monson Arts Council Scholarship Awarded
The Monson Arts Council is proud to announce the award of its fifth annual scholarship. The $1000 scholarship is available to a high school senior who has resided in Monson for at least two years, who has shown a long appreciation for and involvement in the arts. And the winner is... (click the link to find out).

Community Partners
A new feature on the MAC Website, 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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