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2019 Grants
MTVarts 2019 Lighting and Sound Workshops were made possible in part by state tax dollars allocated by the Ohio Legislature to the Ohio Arts Council (OAC). The OAC is a state agency that funds and supports quality arts experiences to strengthen Ohio communities culturally, educationally, and economically.
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council
2018 Major Grants
Ariel Foundation, a sustaining partner since 2011, funds crucial infrastructure ensuring MTVarts pursuit of artistic excellence to build a thriving community. Their gift in 2018 supported the traveling exhibit "Anne Frank: A History for Today."
The Ariel Foundation
The Ariel Foundation
2018 Major Grants
The Knox County Foundation is a longtime supporter of MTVarts' educational programs. In 2018, their grant partially funds artsIQ "Can Do Kids" with the workshop intensives and production of both Annie JR and Annie KIDS at the Memorial Theater.
Knox County Foundation
Knox County Foundation
2017 Major Grants
Mount Vernon Elks believe that charity is the greatest of all virtues and that by sharing and giving, we have the power to replace sorrow and despair with hope and confidence. Their sustaining support helps MTVarts improve the quality of life and build stronger community.
Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #140
Mount Vernon Elks Lodge #140
2018 Major Grants
The Youth Philanthropy Initiative has been a longtime supporter of the MTVarts Classics Series, educational outreach for secondary students. In 2018 they provided support for the production of "The Diary of Anne Frank" which was seen by 1,200 students.
CFMCKC - Youth Philanthropy Initiative
CFMCKC - Youth Philanthropy Initiative
Beauty and the Beast 2007
Peter Pan 2008
12 Angry Men
1920s Speakeasy
1950s Sock Hop
Aladdin Jr
Alice in Wonderland Jr
Beauty and the Beast 2016
Mary Poppins (2015)
The Little Mermaid Jr
The Miracle Worker
Death of a Salesman

MTVarts Blog

  • Epiphany or Sleep Deprivation?

    In the midst of the mania of tech week, fretting at 4am over undone items on to do lists, one tends to ponder the purpose of community theatre. Why do we do this thing and does it truly have a noble purpose? Could it be for the loyal and enthusiastic ensemble member stepping into a lead role, the young actress reprising the role her mother played some years ago, the seasoned actress once again delivering a gripping portrayal, or a family doing a show together? Is it for the actor who is stepping on stage for the very first time or the one who hasn’t done theatre since their younger days rediscovering their love for live theatre? Perhaps it is Read More
  • City Recreation Needs the Arts

    MV City Recreation Needs the Arts By MATT STARR Mayor, City of Mount Vernon MOUNT VERNON - Finding fun things to do can be difficult these days. For my MTVarts family, we all know the joy of being on stage, behind the scenes on the set, playing for a packed house (or even a small house), and telling stories through performances. The theater and other live performances offer an escape from reality. Heck, even rehearsals are fun. This escape from reality is precisely what our community needs, and storytelling through performances, song, poetry, and visual arts are just what the doctor ordered. The novel coronavirus pandemic has necessitated restrictions and has certainly forced all of us to rethink how we live our lives and conduct business. For the City of Read More
  • Why Attend the Arts

    As our passionate, audience-driven volunteers scurry to mount our 2020 season of making theatre, I must smile. We are all so fortunate to live in this community with access to organizations like MTVarts. Last year we wrapped up production on our 44th show and, believe it, making theatre is hard work. 2019 ended the decade strongly with 20 performances of 4 shows with 19,848 recorded volunteers’ hours from 263 folks. The dollar value of that (according to the Independent Sector) is $504,727. There is even more when you consider prep work and event support that isn’t recorded. Now that is passion for the arts! To cover our 2019 production costs, our tickets should have averaged $31 but thanks to amazing Read More
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Otho Eyster and Carol Garner
Otho Eyster and Carol Garner Retired Judge
The performing arts tend to unify people in a way nothing else does. We feel MTVarts has a crucial impact on our economy and is an important catalyst for learning, discovery, and achievement in our community.
We are fortunate to have an organization like MTVarts in our local community. They offer cultural experiences that some folks might not get to enjoy otherwise. It’s important that our communities have opportunities for a variety of performing arts activities and MTVarts more than fills that need.
MTVarts supports the education of the whole individual. Participants learn about theater and performance, but they also discover strengths within themselves that had they not worked with MTVarts, those skills might remain hidden.
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