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24 04, 2019

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

Summer Art & Music Intensives
31 01, 2019

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!

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2019 Monroe County Student Juried Art Show
30 01, 2019

20 Years of Missoula Children’s Theatre

Two decades. More than 20 performances. Hundreds of students. A lifetime of memories.
This year, the Monroe Area Council for the Arts (MACA) is celebrating 20 years of bringing Missoula Children’s Theatre to Monroe County.
What our young people accomplish in just one week is amazing! The shows always delight an audience of all ages.
From the initial performance of “The Wiz of the West” in 1999, Missoula Children’s Theatre (MCT) has offered local students an opportunity to perform on stage, while also providing instrumental lessons in the performing arts. Each year, more than 50 local children, who audition for the performance at the beginning of the week, appear in the show.
The Missoula Children’s Theatre touring productions are complete with costumes, scenery, props and makeup. Following auditions, MCT tour actor/directors conduct rehearsals each day throughout the week.
This year, MCT returns to Monroe County to present the classic “Robin Hood.”
Embark on an adventure with the legendary Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a host of others in a musical wonderland. The time is simply long ago and the place is the magical, mythical Sherwood Forest. The hero, Robin Hood, and his Merry Band of colorful characters seek the help of the Foresters, manage to waylay the Aristocrats and set out to rescue Maid Marian and Marian’s Maid. Prince John tries to stay calm as his sheriff, guards and horsemen botch Robin’s arrest, thanks to the aromatic skunks. Wacky humor and an original score add to this fresh new look at a legendary outlaw in a legendary time.

Auditions to be held Feb. 4
Missoula week begins with auditions on Monday, Feb. 4 at 4 p.m. in the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center. Those auditioning should arrive by 3:45 p.m. to register. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.
This is a group audition and no advance preparation is necessary. Organizers note that not everyone who auditions is guaranteed a part in the show.
Among the roles to be cast are Robin Hood, Maid Marion, Marion’s Maid, Prince John, the Sheriff of Nottingham, the Foresters, the Aristocrats, the Merry Band, the Guards, the Horsemen, and the Skunks. Assistant directors will also be cast to assist with the technical aspects of the production.
All students in kindergarten through 12th grades are encouraged to audition. If selected for the production, rehearsals will be held from Tuesday, Feb. 5 to Thursday, Feb. 7 from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. An ice cream party, sponsored by Mayfield Dairy, will be held for the cast on the last day of rehearsals.

A 20-year celebration
Following a fun-filled week of rehearsals, public performances of “Robin Hood” will be held on Friday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. at the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center. Individual tickets to the show are $10 for adults or $5 for students. Children ages 5 and under will be admitted for free. Reserve advanced tickets online at, by contacting MACA by phone at 423-442-3230 or by email at Tickets will also be sold at the door on the night of the performances.
A performance will be held for schools on Friday, Feb. 8 at 12:30 p.m. To sign your class up to attend, contact MACA.
In addition, all former cast members of Monroe County’s Missoula Children’s Theatre productions are invited to attend a 20-year celebration on Feb. 8. Prior to the Friday night performance, MACA will hold a pre-show celebration to recognize all those who have been a part of MCT over the past two decades. The display cases in the lobby of the Hiwassee College Performing Arts Center have been decorated with photographs and programs from past Missoula shows in honor of the 20th year.
“We are the thankful to share this opportunity in our community, sponsored in part by grants from United Way of Monroe County and the Tennessee Arts Commission as well as contributions from MACA supporters. Everyone—young and old—should come to enjoy the purity of children’s theatre.

20 Years of Missoula Children’s Theatre
22 08, 2018

Knoxville Opera: A Musical Trip Around the World

Thursday January 17, 2019 at 7:00pm

Hiwassee Performing Arts Center

The Knoxville Opera has prepared this unique concert designed for the Monroe Area Council for the Arts annual performance series. “A Musical Trip Around the World” will feature an international assortment of popular Broadway, movie, operetta, and opera hits performed by soprano Brittany Robinson, tenor  Brandon Russell, and baritone Eric McKeever — the stellar cast of Knoxville Opera’s outreach production of Lucia di Lammermoor

This show reflects the vast musical experiences  available through the Knoxville Opera, from its traveling opera to its African American Voices series to its educational programs for local schools to its highly esteemed annual opera season. This exciting  concert will be hosted and accompanied by Knoxville Opera’s distinguished Artistic Director Brian Salesky.

Knoxville Opera: A Musical Trip Around the World
22 08, 2018

Missoula Childrens Theatre: Robin Hood

Friday, February 9, 2019 at 6:00 pm
Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 3:00 pm

Hiwassee Performing Arts Center

Embark on an adventure with the legendary Robin Hood, Maid Marian, the Sheriff of Nottingham and a host of others in a musical wonderland as the Missoula Children’s Theatre and more than 50 local students present an original musical adaptation of ROBIN HOOD.

The time is simply long ago and the place is the magical, mythical Sherwood Forest. Our hero, Robin Hood, and his Merry Band of colorful characters seek the help of the Foresters, manage to waylay the Aristocrats and set out to rescue Maid Marian and Marian’s Maid. Prince John tries to stay calm as his Sheriff, guards and horsemen botch Robin’s arrest, thanks to the aromatic Skunks. Wacky humor and an  original score add to this fresh new look at a legendary outlaw in a legendary time.

This production is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented locally by MACA for the 20th year, thanks to contributions from MACA Supporters and the Monroe County United Way.

Missoula Childrens Theatre: Robin Hood
22 08, 2018

7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience

Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7:30pm

Hiwassee Performing Arts Center

7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience is a stunningly accurate  tribute to the music of the Eagles. Using no backing tracks or harmonizers, 7  Bridges faithfully recreates the experience of an Eagles concert from the band’s most  prolific period. Every show features one brilliant hit single after another with some mighty Don Henley and Joe Walsh surprises sprinkled into the mix. 7 Bridges offers the  perfect blend of songs to capture all levels of Eagles devotees. (more…)

7 Bridges: The Ultimate EAGLES Experience
16 11, 2017

Give A Gift That Gives Back

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Give A Gift That Gives Back
10 11, 2015

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

Specialty License Plates Support the Arts in Tennessee!