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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.

Holiday Craft Fair a Thanksgiving Institution
The Annual Holiday Craft fair, sponsored by the Monson Arts Council, is looking forward to its 36th year as a Thanksgiving weekend institution. With 55 crafters. 20% of them exhibiting for the first time, the fair will offer something for everyone with an eye to holiday shopping. The fair will once again be held without the use of Memorial Hall, because the safety upgrades to the hall were not completed in time. The four venues used last year will again be used: The Methodist Church, the Universalist Church, Columbia Hall and the House of Art. The Fair will open on Saturday November 29th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and continue on Sunday November 30th from 12 noon until 4:30 p.m. For many years this fixture has been recognized as one of the best-organized and most rewarding fairs of the holiday season. With the reopening of Memorial Hall to use next year the council is confidently planning to expand to five venues going forward. Click here to download a Craft Fair Map.

Halloween Craft Day was Spooktacular Success!
The Halloween Craft Day at the Monson House of Art held on October 19th was a Spooktacular Success! A four hour workshop, kids and teachers played, posed, glued and created 6 take hope projects as well as dressing up and having a photo shoot. "We are excited to provide a day full of fun for kids to mess around with paint and create quality crafts that families can use to decorate for years to come. By using recycled materials and adding some fabric and glue, not only are they making a neat little top hat out of a sour cream container, but they are learning creative problem solving skills," said Andrea Newland and Vanessa LaCroix who hosted the event in part with Monson Arts Council. Click here for a photo gallery from the Craft Day.

Holiday Craft Day at the Monson House of Art
The Holiday Craft Day at the Monson House of Art is to be held on December 14th from 12-4 pm. This day will aim to teach kids crafts that will make great gifts to give their friends and families for the holidays. Who wants to give their kid $20 and let them loose in the mall for a gift? Kids making their own gifts creates a meaningful connection, pride in themselves and a special treat for loved ones. To sign up please email Andrea at newland.andrea@gmail.com or call at (413)221-6660. The cost is $30 before 11/27/14 and $40 after, registration closing 12/8/14.

Seventh Annual Talent Show Seeks Applicants
The seventh annual Talent Show, WESTERN MASS PEFORMS, will be held on March 21, 2015. The move to march is an effort to avoid the weather postponement of the last two years. The show will once again be held at the Granite Valley Middle School auditorium. The first prize is $1000, while second prize and third prizes are $500 and $250 respectively. Performers of all ages are invited to compete, with 24 acts to be chosen to perform. Click here for more information and registration.

Fall Coffeehouse Concert Provides Great Music
The coffeehouse concert presented by the Monson Arts Council at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Monson on September 20th was received enthusiastically by the attendees. Click here for more information and photos.

Monson Arts Council Art Camp a Huge Success
The Monson Arts Council's Summer Arts program, offered through Monson Parks and Recreation, ran from July 21-August 1, and was deemed a huge success by all involved. For the first year since the annual event began the camp made money, as it has become increasingly well known and eagerly anticipated. Click here for a complete review and photo gallery.

Arts Collective Being Organized
Are you interested in meeting with other local area artists for activities, events, arts workshops, discussion, or other shared ideas/activities you may come up with? Monson Arts Council art show committee has set an organizing date for those who are so interested. The House of Art will be made available for this group. The meeting will be held on Monday, May 12 at 7pmat the House of Art 200 Main Street, Monson. You are encouraged to sign up in advance by emailing macartshow@earthlink.net, (so that we may contact you if the date changes.) Thank you!

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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