Monroe Area Council for the Arts

Give 2019



Dear MACA Friends and Supporters:

Thank you for all the support and encouragement you give to all of us at Monroe Area Council for the Arts. This year MACA is celebrating its 25th performance series. Our first concert – sponsored by Monroe County Tourism and State Farm, was a celebration of Monroe County’s bicentennial. A wonderful time was had by all! Just a few weeks ago at Sweetwater Elementary School, Shadows of the 60’s – sponsored by J-TEKT, was truly a spectacular night! Over 300 people were in attendance. MACA is looking forward to several more performances at this location in 2020. The Nashville Legacy is scheduled to perform at this venue on February 29th— sponsored by People’s Bank & Mountain Trust Mortgage.

The first week of March, MACA will once again bring the Missoula Children’s Theatre to Monroe County. The Missoula residents will work with local children to produce two public performances.  Additionally, MACA’s annual golf tournament is scheduled for March 21st at Kahite Links. Create a team and join us! On May 9th this year’s performance series will end at Tsali Notch Vineyard with great music from Charlie Mars. MACA’s second annual Student Art Show for Monroe area students will be May 14th at Brown Intermediate School. This summer MACA will provide two weeks of summer art camps for students K-4th grade as well as art, music and theater camps for students grades 5th – 12th.

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MACA is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit charitable organization. Your gift is tax deductible.

Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year from





2019-2020 Performance Series

MACA presents its 25th Annual Performance Series! 

In celebration of Monroe County’s Bicentennial Year! 

This year’s performances will have you dancing through the decades!








September 14, 2019, 6-11 PM 

@ Sequoyah Birthplace Museum Amphitheater 

Celebrate Monroe County’s Bicentennial with us!                               

We are takin you back to the 80’s & 90’s with Rubiks Groove! 

Rubiks Groove is a premier ‘outside of the box’ 80s & 90s tribute band. This high energy, character driven act will take you back to the best era of music with a complete 360 degree interactive experience that includes live music from rock to hip hop, characters, costumes and videos. Come experience the show that will change your life! The live entertainment singers are high-energy performers who have shared the stage with Prince, Humpty, Bon Jovi, and The Cure.  Don’t miss the act that has caught the national attention of NBC’s America’s Got Talent!!! Dance the night away to your favorite songs from the 80’s and 90’s!











While you’re here, take the opportunity to explore the Sequoyah Birthplace Museum at the  discounted rate  of $2.50 from 5-8pm.
















Contest start at 6Pm! Dress in your best 80’s-90’s attire to win a prize. Don’t forget the Aquanet and enter in our Big Hair Contest to win a prize!

Rubiks Groove will perform from 7-11pm. Slap bracelets will be given out while supplies last! Food and beverage vendors will be onsite! Bring your own chairs or blankets!
















The Back to 80’s & 90’s with Rubiks Groove Bicentennial Bash is co-sponsored by Monroe County Tourism & Eric Hazuda-State Farm
















November 9, 2019, 7:30 PM @ Sweetwater Elementary Auditorium

SHADOWS OF THE 60’s  pays tribute to the legendary stars of Motown, such as The Supremes, The Four Tops, Temptations and Smokey Robison & The Miracles. In this highly interactive and visually stunning production,

SHADOWS OF THE 60’s perform the hits that span several decades. Featuring top industry musicians and singers dressed in exquisitely designed costumes and dazzling choreography, Shadows Of the 60’s present the music of

Motown with the intensity of the original recorded performances. Each singer and musician were chosen because they embody the spirit, style and excitement of the original artists in concert. Close your eyes and you will hear the magic of

Motown, open them and you will see and feel the raw “front row” experience of attending a live Motown concert, circa 1964.

The evening is capped off with a jaw dropping grand finale featuring the music of The Marvelettes, Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Junior Walker & The Allstars, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Contours and more! Shadows Of The 60’s is truly a concert for everyone!

Shadows of the 60’s Motown A Tribute is sponsored by JTEKT.




















February 29, 2020, 7:30 PM 

@ Sweetwater Elementary Auditorium




FLOYD CRAMER & CHET ATKINS The two have each been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame, and their names have become synonymous with the NASHVILLE SOUND they pioneered. You can feel their influence on the hits of artists like Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, and countless others. And though they both lost their lives to cancer – Floyd in 1997 and Chet in 2001 – their NASHVILLE LEGACY lives on through Floyd’s grandson, pianist JASON COLEMAN, and Chet’s niece, guitarist MEAGAN TAYLOR. Two LEGENDS at their instruments, two GIANTS in the music industry. The two have each been inducted into both the Rock and Roll and Country Music Halls of Fame, and their names have become synonymous with the NASHVILLE SOUND they pioneered. You can feel their influence on the hits of artists like Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, the Everly Brothers, Dolly Parton, Roy Orbison, Don Gibson, Jim Reeves, and countless others. And though they both lost their lives to cancer – Floyd in 1997 and Chet in 2001 – their NASHVILLE LEGACY lives on through Floyd’s grandson, pianist JASON COLEMAN, and Chet’s niece, guitarist MEAGAN TAYLOR.

Nashville Legacy is co-sponsored by People’s Bank & Mountain Trust Mortgage Company.




























March 6, 2020, 6:00 PM & March 7, 2020, 3:00 PM @ Sweetwater Elementary Auditorium

The Emperor’s New Clothes







“Dress for success” is good advice that the Emperor takes whole-heartedly, wanting to impress new friends. But where to stop? When the clothes (and other people’s opinions)

become more important than the people of the  kingdom, trouble brews. To help their beloved Emperor find the way back to his heart, his true friends create an elaborate “birthday suit” for the Emperor to wear for his birthday

parade celebration. The Emperor quickly and humbly learns that sometimes “less is more”!






This production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented locally by MACA for the 21st year, thanks to contributions from MACA Supporters and the Monroe County United Way.

If you have  a child that would like to audition for The Emperor’s New Clothes, please follow us on Facebook. Auditions and other information will be posted there.






May 9, 2020, 6:00 PM @ Tsali Notch Vineyard

Charlie Mars



Eat, Drink, and Relax to the sound of Charlie Mars  while enjoying the beautiful mountain views  from Tsali  Notch Vineyard!

Mississippi-born singer/songwriter Charlie Mars is a country- and folk-inflected pop artist blessed with a warm vocal croon and a knack for crafting poignant, earthy songs. Born in 1974 in Laurel, Mississippi, Mars grew up listening to various styles of pop/rock, from Michael Jackson to the Violent Femmes.

While enjoying this unique outdoor concert enjoy a wine tastings at Tsali Notch’s Tasting room or purchase a bottle to enjoy during the show.  Bring your own blankets or chairs! Food Vendors will be onsite.


Tickets will be available Aug. 5th!

Rubiks Groove Saturday, Sept.14, 6pm (Sequoyah Birthplace Museum) SAVE $5 IF YOU PRE-ORDER RUBIKS GROOVE TICKETS $25 AT THE GATE

Shadows of the 60’s Saturday, November 9, 7:30 pm (Sweetwater Elem.) $25

Nashville Legacy  Saturday, Feb.28, 7:30 pm (Sweetwater Elem.) $25

Missoula’s Children’s Theatre The Emperor’s New Clothes

Friday, Mar. 7, 6:00 pm &

Saturday, Mar. 8, 3:00 pm (Sweetwater Elem.) Adults$10 / Students $5

Charlie Mars

Saturday, May 9, 6 pm (Tsali Notch Vineyard) $20

Get the Best Deal! Season Passes will be available Aug. 5th! 

___________MACA FAMILY PASS$160 (#of family members) __________


___________MACA COUPLE PASS$120


___________MACA INDIVIDUAL PASS$70  



For Sponsorship Information contact us at 423-442-3210.

Order Tickets online at HERE or come by the MACA Office, 520 Cook Street, Suite A, Madisonville!

Summer Art & Music Intensives

This summer MACA will be hosting two summer arts programs to serve students in the Monroe area who have just completed 5th-12th grades. Each one week intensive is open to those who have received from no training to advanced training. Cost is $100 per week. Contact MACA for more information 423-442-3210/  Follow us on Facebook

Music Intensive – June 3rd -7th from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm

During this week of music learning, students will have the opportunity to get hands on instrument and music theory training, learn best practices for singing and performing, and will have the chance to perform in a musical evening for parents and friends.


Art Intensive– June 10th-14th from 8:30 am to 2:45 pm

This week will be filled with project based learning of a variety of art mediums and techniques. Students will be visited by artists who share their work and process of creating. Students will explore works and styles of famous artists. At the end of the week, art pieces will be displayed in an evening art show for family and community.


Summer Art & Music Intensive Application download here: 2019 Art & Music Intensives Application PDF

Scholarship Application download here:  ART & MUSIC INTENSIVES Scholarship Application pdf

11th Annual MACA Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament

Celebrate the arrival of Spring at the Monroe Area Council for the Arts 10th Annual Spring Open Charity Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 21st, 9:30 a.m. at The Links at Kahite. The
format is a four-person, 18-hole scramble. All golfers participate in the Hole-in-One Challenge for a chance to win a brand new Ford vehicle courtesy of Jack Jones Ford. Handicaps will be assigned
to all players who do not have one based on their best average playing score. Prizes totaling $900 will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winning teams. Prizes will also be awarded for the longest drives men and women & closest to the pin men and women. You are also entered in the Putting Contest for prizes. The entry fee of $100 includes: Cart and green fee, complimentary beverage cart, fresh continental breakfast, range balls, prizes, and our signature lunch with all homemade desserts.

Complimentary Breakfast starts at 8 am. Thank you for being a part of this tournament. We couldn’t think of a better way to bring people together to support the arts and help the children of our community. The money raised will fund our Arts in Education programs for youth of all ages, all deserving of a better life.

Please Support the Arts in Your Community

Support of the arts goes a long way to preserve and protect your investment in your home, your way of life, and your children’s futures. A community strong in art and culture will attract a more skilled work force vital to the retention of industry and the economic strength and growth of a community.

That’s what fundraising events like this golf tournament are all about. It’s difficult to find funding for intangible things like the arts in a community so overwrought with poverty. But if   we are ever going to break the cycle of poverty, we need to recognize that satisfying the basic needs of food and shelter are not enough! The soul needs to be fed as well. It’s more than a cliché when said that man cannot live on bread alone! Children whose lives are rich in the arts have a much higher academic success rate, especially in math and science.

Something motivated you at some point in your life to strive to be better. PLEASE help provide that spark of motivation in a child by supporting MACA and its mission. The Monroe Area Council for the Arts has served this community for more than 20 years as the most viable resource for the advancement of the arts. MACA has recently developed an Art Alliance to support local artists and bring them together to share their creative ideas, bring more awareness of the arts to our community, and help in enabling our under-served youth in experiencing the world of art, music, poetry, drama and literature.

Click Here for the Golf Registration 

2019 Monroe County Student Juried Art Show




















Want to join us in making a difference? We are raising money for Monroe Area Council for the Arts, and any donation will help make an impact. Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to us.



The Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA), Sweetwater City Schools, Monroe County Schools and the Tennessee Arts Commission have collaborated to create the first art competition and exhibition for students in Monroe County. Our goal is to encourage young students to use creative thinking with their artistic skills, to produce visual fine art for a family friendly art show. The art show is intended to show case the artistic talents of our students, encourage creativity and to recognize students and their artworks, honor teachers in our school system, parents, guardians and the schools in Monroe County and to ‘Support Arts in Education’

This Monroe County Student Juried Art Show is open to all Middle, High, Home Schooled, Private Schooled and Full Time Students up to 22 years who reside in Monroe County. This will be a juried show, all artwork entered should be produced within the 2018/2019 calendar school year.

All artwork will be displayed during the Awards Reception at Vonore Middle School, 414 Hall Street, Vonore, TN. 37885, Thursday May 9, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm with Awards Presentation at 6.30 pm. To help encourage creativity, it is anticipated that after the show, some of the artwork will tour other schools within Monroe County.

MACA is a non-profit local arts agency serving Monroe County and the surrounding counties of East Tennessee. In addition to offering a variety of different professional programs as a part of an annual performing season, MACA works with area schools, churches and civic organizations to provide arts education programs, artist residencies and more. MACA is a 501c(3) organization.

Download the School Art Show Entry Form pdf here!

Click Here for Rules & Regulation

Specialty License Plates Support the Arts in Tennessee!


Tennessee Specialty License Plates—which support over 100 different organizations and charities—are now available as gifts through a new website hosted by the State Department Treasury office at

Each GIFT-A-TAG is good for the purchase of a Specialty License Plate or the personalization of any license plate. GIFT-A-TAG vouchers are $35 and you can buy as many as you want for your family and friends.

You can also use your Gift-A-Tag to renew your Specialty License Plate or the personalization of your license plate. Just redeem the voucher online or mail in with your check.

Its easy to order:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on the purchase button and select the number of vouchers needed
  3. Complete the credit card information and check your email for your GIFT-A-TAG Vouchers
  4. You can then EMAIL your GIFT-A-TAG Vouchers to your recipients or PRINT for a hard copy
  5. The lucky receiver of your gift should then check out the available Specialty License Plates ONLINE or complete the application to personalize a license plate
  6. The last step is for the recipients to go to their local County Clerk’s office to redeem the voucher and pick up their own specialty license plate

For Personalized Plates, the County Clerk will contact them when the plate is ready