Marion Art Center

ArtStart Registration Opens Soon – Registration for ArtStart 2022 at the Marion Art Center opens to MAC members only on Friday, January 28 at Registration for nonmembers will open on Friday, February 18. MAC members have access to early registration and receive a significant discount on ArtStart tuition. Membership at the Family level ($75 annually) or above is required for discounted tuition. Joining the MAC or renewing membership is easy online at

            ArtStart is the MAC’s summer art program for children ages 4 1/2 to 9 years, offered in late June through July. ArtStart teachers are specialists in music, dance, theater and art, most of whom teach throughout the year and are professionals in their fields. Activities include arts and crafts, theater, music, games and storytelling. The ArtStart program runs weekly, 9:00am ‒12:30pm daily, with no camp on July 4. The MAC currently has a mask requirement for all children (unless prohibited by health condition) and all MAC employees. All MAC/ArtStart employees and program volunteers must be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19 before the start of the program.

            Cost for a five-day session is $225 for MAC members and $250 for nonmembers, while the cost for session two (just four days) is $180 for MAC members and $200 for nonmembers. The 2022 ArtStart schedule is as follows: Session 1: Monday, June 27 – Friday, July 1; Session 2: Tuesday, July 5 – Friday, July 8; Session 3: July 11-15; Session 4: July 18-22; Session 5: July 25-29. Due to very limited capacity, ArtStart fees are nonrefundable unless camp is cancelled. More details can be found at

            Arts in the Park – Call for Applications – The registration and jury process for Arts in the Park 2022 at the Marion Art Center will begin in February. Arts in the Park is the MAC’s signature outdoor artisan market and occurs annually in July. This year the event is scheduled on Saturday, July 9 from 10:00am-4:00pm. The exhibitions committee is now accepting applications online at Space is limited, and the committee curates the event each year to include a select group of skilled artists and artisans. Goods include baskets, ceramics, clothing, collage, fiber, glass, jewelry, woodworking, painted and handcrafted furniture, paintings, photography and more. The MAC, with generous grant support from the Marion Cultural Council, sponsors this family-friendly event featuring live music, a food truck, raffle and free arts activities for kids. Send questions to

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