The Medina County Arts Council, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and build community excellence through the arts in Medina County.
What do we do?
The Medina County Arts Council (MCAC) mission to develop and enhance the cultural life and the personal enjoyment of the arts for all citizens in Medina County is accomplished by:
- We provide Grants to organizations promoting the arts, and In the past ten years, we have provided more than $30,000.00 to Medina County arts organizations for arts program funding. The primary support for this comes from contributions entrusted to us through memberships and gifts, and additional funds are raised from our annual Summer Soirée Fundraiser.
- We produce and promote the annual July Arts Week Festival and related activities including afternoon arts programs for children, and evening concerts for adults and families.
- We offer summer Art Classes for Children.
- We produce an annual Summer Visual Arts Exhibit at Medina Library's B. Smith Gallery.
- For more than 20 years, we have co-sponsor Spirits of the Past, the dramatic history walk featuring Medina's Historic Square, in cooperation with The Medina County Historical Society and the Medina County Show Biz Company.
- Each year we honor the art accomplishments of Medina County individuals and organizations with our Service to the Arts Awards.
- We publish Arts Views, a quarterly newsletter and arts calendar.
- We're on Facebook, Twitter and offer resources for providing up-to-date information to members and the public about local arts activities.
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Dan Hostetler, President • Pat Chaloupek, Vice President
Linda Loveless, Secretary • Ann Cole, Treasurer
Aimee Adams • Dallis Conrad • Elaine Lamb
Jill Morton • Dan Polk • Vicki Sheridan • Suzanne Swain
Nancy Sprowls, Arts Advisor
The Medina County Arts Council, Inc., was formally organized in 1983 through the efforts of the Medina Branch of The American Association of University Women and other interested citizens. Itsgeneral purpose was to encourage and support the fine and performing arts in Medina County. A membership drive was completed with financial help from The AAUW Educational Foundation, Westfield Companies, and other local companies and artists. The Council received its non-profit status from the U.S. Internal Revenue Service in 1984 and is incorporated in the state of Ohio.
The Board of Trustees of the Council is composed of local artists, business leaders, and members of the community-at-large who are interested in the continued development of this county-wide arts support and service network. Financial support for Council activities has been generated through an annual membership and contribution drive. Through special memorial contributions in 2002 and 2003, the Council was able to establish The Medina County Arts Council Endowment Fund under the Medina County Fund of the Akron Community Foundation. Income from this fund will be allowed to capitalize for the near future to allow the fund to grow for future income.
Since 1984, the Council has sponsored an Arts Week Festival in July and has provided grants to support activities carried out by local schools, communities, and arts organizations.
The Council has also sponsored other special projects from time to time, in cooperation with other arts organizations, and was an early contributor to The Medina County Schools’ Fine Arts Tours when that program was first organized. The Council publishes a quarterly newsletter, Arts Views. Each year the Council honors Medina County companies, organizations, and individuals with Service to the Arts Awards.
Rapid growth in Medina County has had a major impact on local arts organizations, activities, and artists. The Arts Council Board, following a Strategic Plan developed as a result of an Ohio Arts Council consultancy, has worked diligently to keep pace with this growth. The following mission statement was adopted: “The Medina County Arts Council, established in 1983, is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote and build community excellence through the arts in Medina County.” For the future, the Council seeks to increase membership, to increase the number of grants to be awarded, to encourage growth in programming, and to provide additional publicity and services to local artists and arts organizations.