WHO WE ARE
MTVarts is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theatre production company with proven success providing quality, affordable entertainment to our community while continually building organizational infrastructure to assure long-term survival.Â
WHAT WE DO
MTVarts promotes performing arts activites through our website, creates a family-friendly summer musical, perform educational outreach through The Classics Series and artsIQ, hold educational workshops, and establish partnerships with a variety of organizations with our community.
Originally designed as a communication tool, MTVarts grew from a local theatre troupe, Bruce Jacklin & Company, offering dinner theatre at The Alcove Restaurant, a 100 year old institution in historic Mount Vernon.Â Our first venture outside the dinner theatre realm was a 2007 production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast.Â
In 2008, we determined official non-profit status was necessary.Â It was applied for and attained.Â MTVarts Inc has been granted Public Charity Status 509 (a) (2) and is tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS. Â Your contributions to MTVarts are tax deductible.
MTVarts is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees (changed only by resolution) to ensure continuity of vision and purpose. Â An operational board was established for the purpose of day-to-day managment of facilities and productions. Our professional advisors are Wilging, Roush & Parsons, CPAs and our corporate sponsor, First-Knox National Bank.
We are funded through ticket sales, donations, private foundation grants and corporate support. MTVarts is blessed with a core of dedicated volunteers who donate hours of time, goods, and services.
The MTVarts logo was designed by BlackCatCreative to represent the fingerprint each artist leaves on their work.Â A tree was chosen as our graphic identity to visually illustrate there is as much unseen as there is seen and our audience-driven organization pledges to remain green and growing.Â Our tag line best describes all that is MTVarts . . . Imagine more, together!
LOOKING TO THE FUTURE
With the support of The Ariel Foundation, our dream to lease a space for rehearsal, workshops, and costume/prop storage became reality in 2014. We continue to work with the City of Mount Vernon and other community partners toward the creation of a working place where art and science meet the community in historic Blackberry Alley.
Our dreams and goals are as diverse as our volunteers but Â we continue to dream of a fully-accessible, community-inclusive venue toÂ increase resources for educational and instructional programs, and provide a smaller, more intimate venue for the performing arts in Mount Vernon and Knox County. Â Perhaps it is a pipe dream but at MTVarts, we believe in dreaming.
DREAMS BECOME REALITY . . .
Because of the dedication and hard work of some very talented volunteers.
Â Because corporate sponsors believe in community theatre.
Â Because businesses purchase advertising.
Â Because individuals donate and volunteer.
Â Because people buy tickets and come see our shows.
Â . . . when you believe!