MAC collaborates with the Morgan County Schools to enhance core academic curriculum subjects using visual art, film, dance, theater and music. Examples of topics explored include ecology, endangered animals, dance, extreme science, music, nature Haiku and Japanese art and culture.
As MAC longest running program, Adopt-a-School brings artists into all Morgan County schools for short-term residencies and assembly programs that meet core curriculum objectives. Since 1977 more than 225 artists have participated, reaching an average of over 2,000 students per year.
Youth Art Shows
Every March, selected artwork from children in all seven Morgan County schools plus homeschoolers exhibit a diverse display of art at the Ice House. A showcase of student performance art is also held at the Gallery Show opening.
Youth Summer Camps:
Each summer creativity comes into swing for kids! Summer camps include theater and visual arts. Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
June 27 – July 1, 2022, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Ages 6 – 14
Lynn Lavin, Instructor
Join the African Safari! Come Learn about the African animals you would see, their environment and the arts and crafts of the native people. We will use clay and various other media to sculpt animals, create masks, draw, paint and make other African crafts.
July 11 – 22, 2022
Ages 5-7: 9 a.m.— Noon Ages 8-14: 9 a.m.—4 p.m.
Directed by Margi Griffiths and Brice Williams
Based on folk tale, Queen Natasha wants to turn over the throne to one of her sons, but which one? She reveals that the difference between a good king and a great king is the woman behind the throne. So she sends her sons off to find wives, using an arrow to guide them. Boris’s arrow leads him to the brave warrior Ursula, Casimir finds the vain and materialistic Vass, and Sasha’s arrow pierces Natalia—a frog!
Previous Summer Camps, Workshops and Intensives
Theater Camp for Ages 8-14 – June 7-11 & 14-18, 2021: The Secret of the Wind – Masks of Mythology – a delightful play utilizing masks from around the world. Campers spent the two week camp helping to make masks and learn movement and storytelling skills.
Theater Camp for Ages 5-8 – June 21-25, 2021: Creative Dramatics. Play and stretch your creativity, engage your imagination and strengthen performance skills. Directors Brice Williams and Rhiannon Griffiths taught basic theater skills with games specifically designed for this age group.
Visual Arts Camp for Ages 6-14 – July 12-16, 2021: Celebrate Your Favorite Animal. Art showing how your animal lives! Campers made clay sculptures, drawing, painting and using other media to bring their favorite animal to life in art that kept and enjoyed.
Visual Arts Camp for Ages 8-16 – July 26-28, 2021: Recycled Art. Turn trash to treasure! Learn how you can do your part for the planet while using everyday items, basic techniques, and healthy doses of imagination to create one-of-a-kind works of art. Have fun repurposing materials to create wind chimes, junk journals, and even wearable accessories that you can show off in a recycled fashion show on the last day!
Theater Camp 2019: The Princess and the Goblin
Instructors/Directors: Margi Griffiths and Brice Williams Princess Irene lives in a magical and mysterious mountain kingdom, where her chief concern comes from the goblins living in the mines surrounding her.
Visual Arts Camp – July 8-12, 2019: “Art for the Kitchen”
Instructors: Lynn Lavin, Anna Ruggiero, Hiroko Rubin. Calling kid Food Network fans! Come have fun creating clay cups, salt and pepper shakers or other utensils you can enjoy using at home later.
Youth Theater Camp – June 18-30, 2018
Wizard of Oz: The Deleted Scene – In June, youth ages 6-14 learn the in’s and out’s of theater production. They not only learn about acting, they learn about costuming, set design and stage management. Every child has a speaking part. Sponsored by Blue Flame.
Digital Media Summer Camp – July 9-13, 2018
Kids ages 10-14 learn how to create original short films including camera operation, production, editing, and hosting. Sponsored by City National Bank.
Youth Visual Art Camp – July 16-20, 2018
Each July, MAC hosts a youth visual arts camp. Camps have featured World Explorers and Nature Imprints where children worked with hand-formed clay and learned about geography, world animals and native plants and animals. . Sponsored by Blue Flame.
Theater Camp, June 12 – 24, 2017 with a musical – Pied Piper A performance part for all. Instructors/Directors Margi Griffiths and Brice Williams.
Visual Arts Camp, July 13 -17, 2017 – Explores “What Morgan County Grows and Eats – Fun with Food”. Led by Lynn Lavin and Anna Ruggiero .
Media Intensive – ages 12 & up including adults – July 20 – 24
Learn to create original short films! Participants learn all aspects of digital storytelling, from script writing to storyboarding, shooting and editing. Selected films will be presented at the Morgan County Fair. Led by Brice Williams and Margi Griffiths.
Camp Scholarships available, apply by July 1.
Youth Art Saturday
Celebrate Youth Art Month at the Ice House!
Learn how to paint like the impressionists with Anna Ruggiero. Get creative and be inspired by artists like Monet! March 21 at either 9:30am or 11am. FREE! Donations warmly accepted. All supplies included. Ages 8 and up. Parents welcome. Call 304-258-2300 to enroll. Kids Painting workshop info