By Heather McNally on Jul 20, 2022 12:10 pm
The purpose of the MACK is to stimulate and promote the arts, increase access to the arts and produce arts programming for the benefit of the citizens of McCormick, South Carolina, and the surrounding region.
We believe that art changes lives and enhances the quality of life for all. We have served our community for nearly 40 years and strive to advance the arts through exhibition, education, and quality cultural experiences.
The MACK serves as the visionary leader for the arts in our community and we plan, organize, and manage arts programming to benefit all. Our goal is to enrich our community through a variety of arts experiences. We aim to be accessible, intentional, accountable and engaging.
While the pandemic and current building project have altered our traditional program plan – the investment we make now will ensure arts are available to all for generations! The following is a list of our currently offered programming:
- Art Instruction
- Arts in Basic Curriculum
- Community Threads
- Painting a Brighter Future
- Sundays at Four
- Yoder Rosenberg Family Foundation Scholarship
- Youth Arts Programming
In addition, the MACK Artisans Guild & Gift Shop features quality handcrafted items to include jewelry, cards, pottery, fine art, and much more. Located at 218 S. Main Street, McCormick SC, this self-managed program is entirely operated by local artists and volunteers.
Our organization serves as the visionary leader for the arts in our community. By committing to arts leadership, the Council becomes our community’s advocate and unites our message for arts services. Our responsibilities include the following:
- Raising awareness regarding the value of the arts
- Enhancing the artistic quality of local arts activities
- Preserving diverse cultural and artistic traditions
- Creating resources that enable local artists to flourish
If you would like to join our organization as a member, student, volunteer, artist or leader – contact us via email firstname.lastname@example.org, explore our website www.McCormickArts.org or call Heather McNally, Director of Programs and Development directly at(864) 602-0331.
Our future is bright and beautiful. We welcome you to join our cause!
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By Heather McNally on Jul 14, 2022 10:48 am
[McCormick, SC]: Summer youth programs resumed for the first time since the pandemic paused programming. The purpose of these programs is to provide fun, engaging, and educational experiences in our hometown.
Activities included painting murals as an introduction to public art with Mr. Damion Johnson. Students helped to add authentic Mexican peppers to the walls of locally owned family business, El Sombrero Mexican Grill. Lessons included painting composition at scale, cultural awareness, and color theory. Students of our community also helped to design, develop and start the Painting a Brighter Future mural at the Paul Dennis Center – Truth Youth Services on Main Street. This mural features a Carolina Wren, the state bird for South Carolina. The mural will be completed this summer.
McCormick 4-H led a fun CSI-themed summer camp that showed the students the science behind solving crimes. During camp, the participants learned how to dust for fingerprints, analyze teeth imprints, decode ciphers and more as they worked together to solve the case of the McCormick art heist. Additional 4-H programs and opportunities will be available throughout the year.
Pottery returned this summer with Ms. Angelika Bondar. Students were able to hand sculpt unique creations to celebrate nature. Artwork will be kiln fired and returned to students at a later date.
Ms. Joni Purk led a Drawing/Watercolor Workshop celebrating bees, butterflies, moths, and more. Students learned that drawing is an essential part of creating a work of art. Lessons included drawing exercises, “drawing what you see”, negative/positive space, perspective/proportion, and applying watercolor to create a final composition.
It was wonderful to have local, and visiting, students resume science and art programs. Clemson University Cooperative Extension 4-H Youth Development enhances the lives of youth in our community by providing positive youth development programs relating to the areas of agriculture, community engagement and leadership, healthy living, and science. The MACK advances youth arts programming by offering various cultural and art education experiences. Additional programs are also offered in partnership through the McCormick County Library, John De La Howe, McCormick School District, Hickory Knob State Park, the McCormick County Recreation Department, and more.
This program is funded in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition, a generous donation from the Good Shepherd Catholic Church contributed additional funding to the MACK program for the purpose of helping stabilize and advance our youth programs during this year of continued recovery. These funds also provided art assistants for classroom support.
For more information about MACK Youth Programs, please contact Heather McNally, Director of Programs and Development at email@example.com / (864) 602-0331. For more information about Clemson 4-H Programs, please contact Jaime Pohlman at firstname.lastname@example.org / (864) 986-1026.
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