Winners! We have winners!
Click on the link Exhibits and Special Events to see photos and the results of our second photography show. Congratulations to everyone who entered - there is an abundance of talent in the area, and we were pleased with the quality of work these photographers produced.
Congratulations also go out to Jack Ralston of Mattoon, who won the drawing for our MAC bag containing two shirts, a travel mug, a certificate for two entries in next year's show, and more!
We hope to see you all next year when the theme for the 2018 show will be "Land of Lincoln: A Bicentennial Celebration" to keep in the spirit of our state's 200th birthday!
Ethridge photos on display at Common Grounds
Join Tuesday Ukulele on Tuesdays from 6-7 p.m. in the historic Mattoon Train Station's former gift shop for an informal group session led by Gail Nelson. All levels are welcome to come to learn, practice, make music and have fun! You can find their practice and performance schedule on their Facebook page. For more information, call the MAC office at 217-258-6286.
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. Oct. 4, 2017, at the Mattoon Tourism & Arts Office, 1718 Broadway Ave., Mattoon, IL.
Historical program planned at Mattoon depot
The public is invited to attend a historical impersonation of Elizabeth Keckley at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15, in the Lone Elm Room at the Mattoon depot.
Elizabeth Keckley, Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker (modiste) and confidante, was born into slavery in 1818 and became an extraordinary seamstress, civil activist and author. This first person impersonation will entertain, engage and educate people of all ages.
Ms. Kathryn Harris of Springfield will deliver the performance with passion, experience and authenticity. This performance is planned by the Academy of Lifelong Learning, made possible by a grant from the Coles County Arts Council, and hosted by the Mattoon Arts Council in the Historic Mattoon Train Station, 1718 Broadway, Mattoon.
This program is free and open to the public, with reservations for seating requested. Please call 217-581- 5114.
The Academy of Lifelong Learning of Eastern Illinois University provides area community members with opportunities for non-credit learning. Low-cost, high-quality courses and events are delivered to encourage inquiry and engagement. Open to all adult learners who are seeking enrichment, the Academy offers volunteer opportunities and on-campus audit class options to members. For more information about the Academy of Lifelong Learning, please visit www.eiu.edu/adulted/all.php or 217-581-5114.
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.