Upcoming Performances & Other News

Upcoming Performances & Other News/

Kids Arts Camp 2016: It Could Happen At the Zoo!

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Camp Director Charlotte Lee has announced “It Could Happen at the Zoo!” as the theme for Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) summer arts camps. MACA’s series of one week arts camps feature instruction in music, art, drama, stage design, and dance led by professional teachers.

The camps are open to children in Grades Pre-K – 7 (Pre-K children must be enrolling in kindergarten this year). The cost is $65/week and includes breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt. Each week concludes with a performance showcase on Friday for friends and family. The camps are held Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Payment options for the camps are: Pay half of the fee when submitting the registration and the second half by the first day of camp; pay the full fee with the registration; or pay on the first day of camp.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. The application process requires a recommendation from a teacher or adult who is well-acquainted with the child. The postmark deadline for the scholarship application to be submitted is June 1.
Both scholarship applications and camp registrations can be downloaded from the MACA website or call Director Charlotte Lee at 423-836-0441. Registrations and applications may also be picked up at the MACA office, located at the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce, 520 A Cook Street, Madisonville.
The schedule for the arts camps:
Madisonville Primary School: June 6-10
Sweetwater Broad Street School: June 13-17
Madisonville Primary School: June 20-24

MACA’s summer arts camps are supported by funding from the Grubb-Sumner Fund for Monroe County of the East Tennessee Foundation.

A Story In Stitches: Friendship Quilts & Treasured Quilts


Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) will present “A Story of Stitches: Friendship Quilts & Treasured Quilts,” featuring over 50 quilts April 4-9 at the Cora Veal Senior Center in Madisonville. The exhibit will open Monday, April 4 with a reception 5-7 p.m. The exhibit is free and open to the public Tuesday-Thursday, April 5-7, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; on Friday, April 8, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Saturday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch will be available for purchase on Saturday.

This is the second year that MACA has exhibited the Friendship Quilts of The Merry Crow Hop Quilters. Over a period of 35 years, The Merry Crow Hop Quilters have collaborated to produce a remarkable collection of quilts, each one distinctive and every square as unique as the individuals for whom they were made. Each quilt commemorates the milestones of life, including births and birthdays. Healing quilts have been made to comfort friends facing illness or injury

In addition to the Friendship Quilts, the exhibit will also include “Treasured Quilts” from family collections. According to Exhibit Curator Pamela Madden, “Everybody has a quilt story. That’s the amazing thing. Whenever people look at quilts, they start telling their own stories about quilts.”

One quilt, contributed by Heather Houvenagle, was made in 1888 and features a Rocky Mountain Sunset pattern.

“This quilt was made by my Great-great Aunt Myrtle’s mother in 1888 when Myrtle moved from Nebraska to Colorado and it was a parting gift of love,” explained Heather recently. “It was given to me in 1988, 100 years later.”

When Heather’s father Jim Headlee was a child, he became seriously ill and his life was saved by Aunt Myrtle, a circumstance which imbues the quilt with special significance.. “When my Dad moved to Tennessee, he told me that Aunt Myrtle was sick and suggested that I write to her. I did and a wonderful correspondence began. In 1988, she sent me the quilt.”

Heather noted that Aunt Myrtle, who was also her godmother, led a fascinating life. Not only did she appear in silent movies, but she was friends with renowned western writer and storyteller Zane Grey.

Heather’s story of the Rocky Mountain Sunset quilt is just one of many which will be told at the exhibit.

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 tngiftcenter.com/giftatag.

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:

Go to tngiftcenter.com/giftatag
Click on the purchase button below and select the number of vouchers needed
Complete the credit card information and check your email for your GIFT-A-TAG Vouchers
You can then EMAIL your GIFT-A-TAG Vouchers to your recipients or PRINT for a hard copy
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
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

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:30pm: Jesse Cook – A Season Ticket Event!

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The MACA audience asked and MACA responded! Jesse Cook, perhaps the most popular performer ever to take the stage at Hiwassee College, will return for a third appearance. As always, Cook’s unique guitar style, a hybrid of classical, flamenco, and jazz music continues to evolve.

Over the years, Cook has cross-pollinated his music with musical traditions across the world. “For me,” says Cook, “the question has always been: Where did you go? Where did you take your guitar?” However, this time, the Paris-born, Toronto-raised Cook changed course for his ninth studio album One World. Instead of exotic locales, he stayed home in his studio. “I wanted to make what I was doing feel like Constantinople, the ancient city that existed between the East and the West. It was the meeting point of all these great cultures — Africa, Europe, Asia, India. I want my music to be that place: The Constantinople of sound. A place where ancient sounds meet with modern ones and pass though that port.” www.jessecook.com
Tickets: Adult/$20; $10/student   Directions to Hiwassee College


Specialty License Plates

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Purchase a Tennessee Arts Specialty License plate for your vehicle to show your support of the Tennessee Arts Commission!

Available at the Monroe County Clerk’s office