The Moab Arts Council partners with and is a catalyst for a growing number of arts-related projects. Some of these projects are funded in part from the MAC grant program. For others we provide arts leadership and advocacy. Among them are:
Creative Communities Initiative
In the Fall of 2006, the MAC applied to the Utah Arts Council for Creative Communities Grant. Theseone time funds are to strengthen the links between arts, culture and economic development. Wewere one of 10 grant recipients (out of 26 submissions) and will be designated a UtahCreativeCommunity by Governor Huntsman. We are inviting area residents interested in nurturing the arts,culture and humanities in Moab to join our effort. Click here to read more.
The Moab Art Walk features galleries and businesses that exhibit and sell art by Moab artists. These businesses welcome you on the 2nd Saturday of the following months. Come and enjoy the art, the refreshments, the people. Meet the artists! 6 - 9 pm
For detailed information on each month's Art Walk visit www.moabartwalk.com.
The Moab Art Walk holds artist receptions the second Saturday of March, May, July, September, and November. But most exhibits run for a month or more so feel free to stop in anytime at participating locations!
Moab Artists Studio Tour
Visit artists in their studio, their homes, and see how they live, how they work, and if they have a painted VW-microbus in their garage! Begun in 2005 and led by MAC board member Wendy Newman, the Artists StudioTour is a popular event. Tour dates for 2006 are the weekends of September 2-3 and 9-10, and coincide with the Moab Music Festival. Visit our website in August for a list of participating artists and a tour map.
Would you like to contact an artist in the Studio Tour? Visit the artist's page for more information.
MAC Community Arts RoundTable - Conference
In October, 2005, MAC sponsored the first ever town meeting for the purpose of gaining community input concerning the arts in Moab. This meeting was a pre-cursor to the Utah Arts Council's Listening Tour - Moab, held in November.
For a summary of the MAC meeting click here.
A summary of the UAC Listening Tour will be posted here when it becomes available.
Doors of Perception
Doors is MAC's first fundraising-artmaking project. Imagine a roomful of artfully decorated doors installed at the MARC. You can make one and you can bid on one with proceeds going to the MAC General Fund. 'Doors" is held in conjunction with the Canyon Country Arts Awards, October 18, 2007. Click here for a PDF with all the information.
Coop Marketing Grant
This past fall the MAC received funding assistance from the Utah Office of Tourism to conduct a cooperative marketing campaign with all the annual art events in Moab. This is part of our effort to make Moab an arts destination.
Halloween Art Carnival
MAC teams up with Moab's Interact Club and Very Special Arts Utah to provide a fun and safe alternative to Halloween. For one night the MARC is transformed into a Halloween party place for the entire family. Games, food and special Halloween art projects occupy all floors of our community art center.
If you're an artist looking to work with children in a fun environment contact MAC board member Sandra Starley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Creative Modern Dance
Creative Modern Dance is the one art form that has yet to find a home in Moab.
In 2005, MAC awarded HMK Intermediate School a grant to pay the school portion of a 2-week dance residency by Mary Ann Lee. Ms. Lee is the director of the world-renown Virginia Tanner Children's Dance Theater (CDT) at the University of Utah. She is known as a leader in dance education.
So successful was the 2005 residency that Mary Ann was asked back for the 2005-06 school year. Discussion has begun on how to grow a creative modern dance program in the school and community. Skills are being learned and plans are being made to create a performance piece(s) written, choreographed and performed by HMK students with additional help from adult community members, musicians and artists. The final piece will be performed in Moab in 2006-2007 or 2008 and then recorded for posterity in a slickrock amphitheater. Have you caught the spirit yet?