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The MACK Artisans Guild & Gift Shop – Relocate to Main Street in February!

By Heather McNally on Jan 25, 2021 09:00 am

The MACK Artisans Guild & Gift Shop will be moving to 218 S. Main St, McCormick SC, 28935 beginning in February 2021. This relocation allows the MACK Rehabilitation Project to begin and ensures our historic site meets our accessibility, safety, and programmatic goals.

A Red Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, hosted by the McCormick County Chamber of Commerce, will be on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 12:00 noon. The MACK Artisans Gallery Shop will operate at full regular hours of operation, Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 – 4:00 beginning Tuesday, February 9th.

This allows the shop to have a ‘soft opening’  just in time for Valentine’s Day. Support your local artisans and find special gifts and treasures for your loved ones. Our shop features quality handcrafted items to include jewelry, cards, pottery, fine art and so much more. 

The official Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, February 12th from 2:00 – 6:00 pm. Our wonderful artisan goods will be featured as exciting door prizes for our supporters and customers that attend our Grand Opening. We request that all customers wear a mask, use the provided hand sanitizer, and respect our social distancing requirements.


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MACK Board of Directors – January 2021 Meeting

By Heather McNally on Jan 20, 2021 09:00 am

The MACK Board of Directors met “a-la-2021” via ZOOM on January 20th, 2021. As we continue to strive for continued membership and stakeholder engagement, we encourage you to review the meeting agenda, board documents, and video. We currently meet quarterly and are committed to advancing our mission, “to provide art, culture, and education to the region.” 2021 – 2022 will be a milestone year for our organization as we manage the health crisis and move forward with a critical rehabilitation project to ensure access to the arts.

If you may be interested in serving on our leadership team, please complete our MACK Board Member Application.


Click here to see the MACK Board of Directors – Jan 2021 Meeting

Click here to review our MACK Board of Directors Board Packet


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The MACK Rehabilitation Project – Update

By Heather McNally on Jan 15, 2021 09:00 am

2021 will be a very exciting year at the MACK. We are happy to announce that the first portion of the MACK Capital / Rehabilitation Project pledge is now available for our organization to begin the next phase of planning for our critical building. The MACK Rehabilitation Project will begin this and ensures our historic site meets our accessibility, safety, and programmatic goals.

We will provide updates to our stakeholders as we proceed! Thank you for your continued support!

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Click here for more information regarding the MACK Rehabilitation Project

To contact Heather McNally, Director of Programs and Development directly please email / (864) 602-0331

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MACK Membership: Keturah Club Planner Pick Up

By Heather McNally on Jan 05, 2021 09:00 am

MACK Membership: Keturah Club Planner Pick Up

Thank you to our Keturah Club members for your continued support! Please pick up your annual MACK Planner from the MACK Office. Pick up hours are Thursdays and Fridays from 10AM – 4PM. We also have all Freinds of the MACK and DONOR25 donor appreciation gifts available. Every contribution is appreciated and helps us serve our mission – Thank you!

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MACK 2021 – Looking forward …

By Heather McNally on Jan 01, 2021 09:00 am

MACK 2021 – Looking forward …

Thank you to our community for your continued support!


The McCormick Arts Council (MACK) wishes to thank every student, artist, member, and stakeholder. 2020 was certainly “one for the books.” As we celebrated our 35th Anniversary this past year we also survived an ongoing pandemic, took care and caution for our volunteers and participants, planned for a bright future, and benefitted from an incredible pair of pledge agreements to serve the next 35 years. It was a roller coaster year and we hope 2021 is going to be a year to shine! We are grateful and proud to continue to serve our community. Our mission is “to provide art, culture, and education” and, even in a challenging year, we look forward to a stronger organization and a brighter future. 


Looking forward


Typically the MACK offers an annual plan for up to 20 various programs. For 2021, two keywords will lead our program proposals; COVID and Construction. We will continue to review our signature programs and make our decisions based on the reopening guidelines for art / cultural recommendations. In theory, each program, event, and activity will be considered in a tiered system; Continue (some modification may be required), Modified (COVID, delivery, relocation, method), or On Hold (suspended until further notice). We will continue to review quarterly and provide support for program leaders to develop a safe plan to provide cultural opportunities to our community. 


For example, we will be able to continue to provide support to our Arts in Basic Curriculum partnership with the McCormick County School District. Painting a Brighter Future, while the expected participation will not be typical, this program can certainly continue to enhance our community with minimal impact, though dependent on grant support. Our annual Yoder Rosenberg Scholarship will continue without any major complications or challenges. While participation may be limited, the projects and planning can certainly proceed and strengthen the overall program impact.


We also will review if and how to continue certain programs that may need to modify and/or relocate. These programs will include Community Threads, Visual Arts (art classes and workshops), and Sundays at Four. Our MACK Artisan Guild and Gallery Shop operate as an independent organization. They slowly returned to service this fall and made the plan to negotiate terms for a rental arrangement on Main Street to be ready by early Spring 2021. 


However, programs such as our monthly Artist Exhibitions, Juried Art and Juried Photography will be “on hold” especially through the first half of the year. Programs that will be determined for future consideration are Summer Art Camps and Dinner with the Masters. We plan to provide potential relocation options for our studio rentals for artists as possible and are making relocation decisions and recommendations based on a similar tiered plan. For programs that will continue, including modified, we will need to determine the potential revenue and expenses. If the program will relocate, whether we can offer continuation with partnership support or if we need to budget for payment plans. Programs deemed to be on hold will most likely relocate for storage purposes, also a “partnership, pay or suspend” decision. 


Ultimately, the health and safety of our participants and community, especially as a high-risk community, has to remain our main responsibility. Additional factors such as stakeholder input, safety, maintenance, and limited revenue opportunities versus limitations are also essential in determining if delivering “programs as usual” is even the right choice. 


Restricted Gifts vs. Operational Fund


Great news in 2020 will impact 2021. The two recent generous gift pledges made possible by the Yoder Rosenberg Family Foundation will certainly affect our community for generations. These gifts are restricted for specific purposes: To fund the MACK Capital Fund for the MACK Rehabilitation Project, and to establish the MACK Educational Fund for the purpose of maintaining our annual scholarship program, and to support additional programs as advised annually by the donor. Thank you to each member who expressed kind words of cheer and gratitude. 


These pledges will become actionable at the donor’s discretion and will allow us to proceed with the major facility updates and educational goals as set forth in our gift agreements. We do have an excellent team of qualified professionals to oversee the project and we anticipate up to 18 months of planning, construction, and related needs before opening our doors to the public post-COVID and construction. We will continue to serve our mission and deliver cultural opportunities, though modified and designed for a healthy return to full service.


These generous gifts, however, will not have any effect on the MACK’s Annual Fund. This is our general operations fund and the core structure of our organization. The purpose of the MACK Annual Fund is to provide priority funding for the daily operations of the MACK. The primary portion of funding comes from annual membership dues, and continued support from donors and advocates is essential. Sources of revenue for the Annual Fund include Membership, Programs, Grants, Public Funding (A-Tax), Events, and Contributions. Especially after a “year of COVID” we will still need to achieve our operational needs through these various avenues. 


All Year Giving

If you may be considering a donation, please contact the MACK directly or ask your tax advisor about the benefits of gifting to a 501c3 non-profit organization. Creating a charitable giving plan is a great option for both donors and organizations.  For example, Required Minimum Distribution (RMD) and Qualified Charitable Distributions (QCD) benefit individuals that have recently turned 70 1/2. 


Our charitable giving information is: 

McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah, Inc. 

FEIN # 57-0788937


We offer a variety of giving options, available year-round, for you to consider such as joining our MACK Membership, Friends of the MACK, DONOR 25 (Major Donor), Legacy Fund, Endowed Legacy, Capital Fund, and Corporate Giving Program. Every gift matters and helps our organization deliver our mission to provide art, culture, and education to our region. Thank you.


To contact Heather McNally, Director of Programs and Development directly please email / (864) 602-0331

Art changes lives!



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Join the MACK – Membership

By Heather McNally on Sep 01, 2020 05:02 pm

McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK) Membership

Thank you for joining the McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK). Your MACK Membership helps us to achieve our mission to provide art, culture and education to our great community. We believe “Art changes lives” and adds to the quality of life in McCormick. Your membership helps to support local programs ensuring accessible and affordable creative programming to students of all ages!

Please click here to complete our MACK Membership Enrollment Form

We are available to answer any questions regarding membership. Please feel free to contact:

Heather McNally
Director​ of Programs & Development
The McCormick Arts Council (MACK)
(864) 852-3216 (Office)
(864) 602-0331 (Direct)

Address: 115 S Main Street
Mailing Address: PO Box 488
McCormick, SC 29835

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Painting a Brighter Future: Murals at McCormick School Campus

By Heather McNally on Jul 31, 2020 10:00 am

There are now three new murals on the McCormick Elementary School campus that provide engagement for specific educational goals: science, inquiry, and innovation. These murals are made possible through the McCormick Art Council (MACK) program entitled Painting a Brighter Future. Painting a Brighter Future is a public art program designed to engage our community members, students, and visitors. We are able to combine the intentions of this public art program and help our schools deliver a series of engaging, rich, and vibrant paintings designed to make the student feel immersed in the learning environment. Each mural for the McCormick Elementary School campus adheres to the curriculum standards and pacing guides for lesson plans and utilizes the arts as an important learning partner in providing a quality educational experience to our students. 

This project was made possible through an Art in Education grant provided through the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. It is also an extension of our Art in Basic Curriculum mission to provide students with quality art education and advance our student’s educational experience by providing access to the arts for daily learning experiences. Most importantly, our students and teachers have celebrated the project and are actively enjoying and creating moments of learning engagement. The sheer scope and presence of the learning murals has transformed our school hallways with a quality project that excites, engages, and celebrates art in education. The images are truly spectacular. Our greatest accomplishment is to deliver these high-quality discovery walls for our students to enjoy. The look of awe and amazement on our littlest community members was worth every challenge this school year. We also are very encouraged by the continued greater commitment and value that art has to offer non-art curriculum. We believe these projects have accomplished achieving support and recognition for the value art has in enhancing our student’s educational experiences. Thank you to everyone involved.

MES “Science Discovery: Solar System”

This learning wall was installed in February in McCormick Elementary school directly where all elementary car riders enter and exit the school each day and in a location, all students see throughout their day. It is in a prime location and features all solar system science standards from 4th through 8th grade including planets, constellations and allows us to teach about our universe.

MES “Science Discovery: Oceans”

This is learning wall was installed in May and is located in the main hallway of our elementary school. All students pass this engaging image multiple times a day to attend lunch in the cafeteria and all related arts programs. This mural focuses on identified learning standards within the pacing guide from 3rd through 8th grade as well. It includes sealife, organisms, environments, adaptations, food chains, and many other science elements. It is a bright and engaging wall for which children can get excited about learning about our vast oceans.  We also are featuring the formation of landmasses and now have a site to show how the water cycle develops from our planet’s most plentiful resource — water.

MES “Drama Discovery: Outdoor Stage”

This learning wall is designed to provide an outdoor theatre space in an open area separate from the classroom that can be used to create a safe, rich, and flexible play environment. This will be the first investment in our elementary new outdoor art play space, “Artist Alley” and helps meet the needs for developing learning opportunities while delivering standards to our students.

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To contact Heather McNally, Director of Programs and Development directly, please email or call (864) 602-0331.
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