Who, What and Where is a MACA?


Why                Enrich the cultural and creative life

Who                of individuals and communities

 Where           in the Monroe County area

How                by cultivating, facilitating and promoting

What               all types of creative exploration and artistic expression.


Why: Enrich or enhance; benefits include life skills, creativity, confidence building, problem solving, perseverance, focus, communication skills, collaboration, refining feelings and thoughts, dignity, self-esteem, mental health etc.

How: Alternative action verbs, such as providing opportunities, advocating for and creating, supporting, educating, highlighting, developing, stimulating and encouraging, enriching, strengthening, making a difference.

What: arts, culture and creativity; cultural development; artistic and educational opportunities

 MACA’s Motto

Making Arts Come Alive”


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.

The Mission Statement of the Monroe Area Council for the Arts, chartered in 1995, is as follows: “The corporation shall have as its purpose the coordination, communication, promotion and development of cultural activities in the Monroe  and surrounding areas, with emphasis on efforts to reach underserved populations and to support indigenous arts, artists and resources.”

Throughout its history, MACA has fulfilled its mission with support from National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), South Arts (SA), Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC) and East Tennessee Foundation (ETF), and many individual and corporate donors.


Provide showcase programs and events promoting the arts in our community.
Add to the economic quality of life in our community by bringing arts events to our community.
Enhance the education of area children, providing them the same opportunities as those in larger and different communities.
Help be a part of the community effort to make our lives more well-rounded.