MACA ART ALLIANCE
The MAA Artist Membership is open to any artist. Our members include seasoned professionals, students and up-and-coming artists who are honing their craft.
Membership is our basic fund-raising mechanism. You are invited to join MAA as an individual, or as a business or corporate sponsor. Whichever category you choose, you are contributing directly to the work we do advocating and promoting the arts in Monroe County.
The MACA Art Alliance is a not-for-profit cooperative marketing, promotional and membership organization working on behalf of artists in the Monroe area.
We seek to foster an environment in which art strengthens our County’s image, economic vitality and quality of life.
The Art Alliance has been created to assist artists in the community. One of its first acts has been partnering with Madisonville Public Library to create a gallery of art to display work of community visual artists At present, we are considering locations throughout the county to display more local art.
Because not everyone is a visual artist, MACA wants to provide those with artistic interest and experience in music and theatre a means to share their artistic abilities. In the coming year, MACA wants to explore the possibility of a community theatre, a literary journal, and special musical events.
To realize this new and better MACA, we need your help. We need your ideas on how to best fulfill these goals. We need your experience and talents to make the arts more vital in the life of the Monroe Area.
You don’t have to be an artist to join, you just have to appreciate art!
Get to know Our Artists
Alicia L. Fugitt
Alicia Fugitt retired from the Air Force after serving 26 years. She went on to work at a military schoolhouse developing curriculum and computer graphics until her retirement in 2010. She moved to Monroe County Jan 2013 where she resides in Sweetwater. Alicia has been drawing and painting ever since she can remember, creating things is just in her DNA. Over the years she further hones her skills and interest by attending various workshops and classes. In addition, she has also taught several classes in acrylics, drawing and introduction to painting. Her favorite mediums are Acrylic, Pastels and Graphite. She also enjoys working with stain glass and weaving. Alicia hopes to continue growing as an artist and helping others discover their hidden artistic talents as well.
Born 2 Danz is a Hip-Hop & Jazz Funk Dance Academy in Madisonville, TN.
Dance Classes : Born 2 Danz offers high quality Hip-Hop &
Jazz Funk dance instruction for kids, age 4, through adult in a friendly nurturing environment. Our dance program features group classes, individual lessons, workshops, camps, convention, competitions, many performances in the community throughout the year and an annual show every spring.
Acting: Learn more of the stage arts in a 2 week acting camp in the spring. At the end of those 2 weeks we put on a live original show that coincides with our dance show, with parts for everyone.
Fitness: Adults come join our lively Group Fitness classes every week. We have Zumba, Zumba in the Circuit and Cardio Kickboxing. Check the schedule for any changes.
The students share in the passion and joy that dance brings. Excellence in dance instruction and performance is nurtured in each and every student throughout the year. It’s our sincere hope that this will lead not only to the success of our studio, but the future successes of each child and family whom we touch!
Visit our Website born2danz.com
To register for classes or learn more
“I appreciate Shanie’s ability to create engaging and demanding choreography.
She encourages her students to strive for excellence while creating a fun environment.”
Armfield Dance Academy
Armfield Dance Academy is located at 716 South White Street, Athens, TN 865-740-9268
Arm Field Dance Academy offers classes in preschool dance for 4 year old and some 3 year old. Kinder-tap and kinder-ballet classes are taught for ages 5-6. All of these classes use creative movement and musicality with a basic ballet foundation. Classes in classical ballet and/or tap are available for 1st grade and up. Prejazz and hip hop classes are offered for ages 8 & 9 while regular Jazz begins at age 10, with a recommended previous three years of ballet training. Pointe is undertaken after many years of ballet training and only with the instructor’s permission. Pointe dancers meet a minimum of twice a week for ballet and point.
Elaine Armfield received her BA degree in dance from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. She did graduate work at New York University, the International School of Dance in Genoa, Italy, and with Melissa Hayden of New York City Ballet, receiving a MS degree from the University of Tennessee as well. As a ballerina, she danced with Maryville-Alcoa Civic Ballet, Oak Ridge Civic Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Butler Ballet, and Tennessee Festival Ballet.
For forty years she has operated the Armfield Dance Academy. Ms. Armfield choreographs, directs, and stages full length ballets and variety concert shows. In 1987 she was invited to present her choreography in Copenhagen, Denmark and Moscow and Leningrad, USSR. In 1995 the Armfield Dancers performed at Mexico’s Fiesta Cancun, in 1997 toured Italy, in 1999, danced in Greece, and in 2003, danced aboard a Carnival Cruise Ship to the Bahamas.
A former dance instructor for the University of Tennessee, and current dance professor for Pellissippi State Community College, she has also received five Governor’s Awards for Excellence in Teaching Ballet. Elaine Armfield is very proud to have served as president of the Tennessee Association of Dance.
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Steve is a member of the Art Alliance of Knoxville, The Tellico Village Art Guild and The Monroe Arts Organization. He studied art at East Tennessee State University and other colleges. He graduated from Wayne State University in 1997. Steve has also participated in visual art seminars conducted by internationally known artists. Acrylic and watercolor are his preferred media. He paints landscapes, experimental abstracts, florals and other subject matter.