Middletown Art Center is a vibrant arts and cultural hub located in the heart of Middletown, gateway to Lake County. Created by community for community, MAC offers something for everyone including contemporary art exhibitions, art classes and spoken word workshops and readings, school field trip opportunities, musical performances, films, dances, art and wine pairings, and other events for locals and visitors to Lake County to enjoy!
Committed to community and economic recovery and development, MAC has been a bastion of creativity, healing and hope in the wake of Lake County wild fires. MAC offers rural Lake County access to high quality contemporary arts and culture!
“The Resilience workshops at MAC are providing me with a much needed life line! I can afford the classes, art supplies are provided, the teachers create a safe, encouraging and inspiring environment and being part of a group of people engaged in art making all contribute to my healing from fire trauma. I cannot imagine how I would be recovering without these classes!.”
We believe it’s time to revitalize Lake County for the future, using the “arts” as a powerful catalyst that will also respect & incorporate our County’s history, unique resources and diverse culture.
Why?…. Lake County is the poorest County in California. It has a 25% poverty rate (28% for our local Native Americans) versus a national rate of 15.4%. More than 35% of our children are estimated to be living in poverty, considerably higher than the national rate of 21.3%. We have also been ravaged by fire over the last several years ….. 150,000+ acres burned.
Lake County Shaping an Exciting Arts Destination
With its ancient lake, stunning night skies, amazing wine and agriculture, Lake County is already attractive as a destination; add arts and the adventure is complete!
Reminiscent of New York’s SoHo in the late 70s with its creativity and resilience, Lake County has a vibrant, robust and most importantly authentic arts scene where artists are starting to flock to its energy and affordable rents. For arts lovers, with its surprising depth of eclectic artists; fabulous writers, poets, performers and musicians; vintage theatre featuring our own theatre company and nationally know symphony; many galleries and art shows (we’re currently rebuilding the fire ravaged but amazing “eco walk” sculpture garden) there is something interesting to experience year round!
Rural Arts Initiative is burnishing this “hidden arts gem”
To ensure LC is destined to become a must visit place in Northern CA, Lake County Art Council has established the Rural Arts Initiative. The RAI team, pulling together the needed talents and expertise, is quickly adding the elements necessary to make this transformation. A first step is constructing a cool, on-line, interactive LC “Arts Directory” showcasing artists, arts spaces, arts events and arts sponsors to facilitate planning your arts experience. Along with that, will be an influential marketing campaign showcasing our luminous, surprising arts destination.
RAI is leveraging & showcasing LC’s special arts
To give our arts destination the necessary element of an art installation, RAI’s first project is a unique Mural Trail that expands on our amazing murals & talented muralists. This will be kicked off with a highly competitive mural contest. The contest will feature 5-7 muralists who will be chosen to compete by painting a Lake County themed mural on our “trail”. Each mural will be sponsored by a Premier Sponsor whose business champions LC’s bright future and whose sponsorship will also support an arts scholarship.
Bringing it all together
As RAI continues to partner with our other LC attractions, look for our tag-line…..dark skies, blue water, red hills….great arts! and, of course come visit!!
To fulfill our mission, the Rural Arts Initiative has researched best practices and chosen the most impactful projects that can work together to provide the drivers needed for success:
Though there are two “tracks” Arts in School (children) and Arts Destination (economy) all the pieces are intended to work together to support current & future success for our County.