Calling all photographers - the MAC photography show is now accepting entries! Sponsored by Consolidated Communications, this year's theme is "Light and Shadow." For rules, submission form and photo labels, please click here. The deadline to enter is July 28. Spread the word!
Willis quilts on display at Common Grounds
5 MHS graduates receive arts scholarships
A total of $10,000 was awarded from the Lebovitz Lively Arts Scholarship this year to Mattoon High School graduates majoring in visual or performing arts. Five scholarships of $2,000 each were awarded to the following students: Shelby Barker, Kelly Cothern, Matt Etchison, Peyton Morrow and Gabriel Tomer. To learn more about these talented artists, click here.
Performance Bands to appear at Bagelfest 17' and Coles County Fair Thursday August 3rd at 7p!
Sound Source Music's Performance Bands, presented in conjunction with the Mattoon Arts Council, have two more shows planned this year. The public is invited to attend and show support for these talented young musicians!
Have an idea for an arts program? Let us know!
The Mattoon Arts Council loves to work with other community groups and artists to present programs! If you have an idea for an arts-related event and would like to seek sponsorship help from MAC, please fill out the form available here. You also may call the Tourism and Arts department at 258-6286 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
NOTICE: The next Mattoon Arts Council meeting will be at 6 p.m. August 2, 2017, at the Mattoon Tourism & Arts Office, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, IL.
Free family movies offered outdoors in Lytle Park
Mattoon Public Library and Lytle Park are again offering free family movies outdoors at approximately 8 p.m. every Friday through Aug. 4, except on July 21 during Baglefest weekend. The Mattoon Arts Council is a proud sponsor of this film series.
The films will be shown on a movie screen on the back of the tennis courts, just north of Lytle Pool. Entry to all the movies is free and open to the public. Movie-goers can place their lawn chairs and blankets on the grassy field in front of the screen.
For a schedule of movie titles, visit our calendar here.
Lunch & Music Series offered on Fridays
The Mattoon Arts Council is a proud sponsor of the Lunch & Music series in Midtown Mattoon this summer! Grab your lunch and join us in the new Heritage Park from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. each Friday!
Want to learn to play the ukulele?
Join us Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. in the historic Mattoon Train Station's former gift shop for an informal ukulele group session led by Gail Nelson. All levels are welcome to come to learn, practice, make music and have fun! Questions? Call the MAC office at 217-258-6286.
MAC's Little Library at the Depot
Have you ever been waiting somewhere and really wish you had a book to help pass the time? We are collecting books for our "Little Library" for Amtrak passengers who may have this same issue! The MAC office is located in the Mattoon Train Depot, just behind the elevator. Bring your books, any genre, and we will make sure they are put to good use. Amtrak passengers and the council appreciate your generosity!
Click here to learn more about Mattoon Arts Council, our vision and mission.