“The Milford Arts Council shall support and foster artistic, cultural and educational opportunities for the benefit of the greater Milford community through the creation of environments and programs for artists to work and present; as well as encourage the promotion, development, acceptance and appreciation of the Arts.”
The Milford Arts Council (d.b.a. 2012) was founded in 1971 when a variety of clubs and groups came together for their 501(c)3 as the Milford Fine Arts Council. They originally met in the Mary Taylor building, now home to the Milford Chamber of Commerce. In 1984 the decision was made to find a more permanent home for the performances, exhibitions, classes and theater that were scattered throughout the city of Milford. The abandoned eastbound train station was selected and after years of fundraising and extensive renovations, the MAC opened the Milford Center for the Arts in 1995.
The MAC Center for the Arts is a beautifully restored civil war era building and is on the National Historic Register. It offers a black box stage with beautiful acoustics, intimate seating for up to 110 in theater or café configuration, a projection theater system with a 10X20’ drop screen, exhibition area, classroom, offices, kitchenette and concessions lobby.
Every year the MAC presents community theatre, live music concerts with international, regional and local talent, exhibitions, classes, workshops, films and lectures. Additionally, MAC partners with fellow non-profits for particular events highlighting their missions and messages to share with the public in a open environment for greater exposure. MAC offers support to our students through mini-grants, a yearly scholarship through the Chamber of Commerce and mentorship to further artistic exposure, experience and education. The MAC works hard in developing relationships with local businesses for sponsorship and investments guaranteeing our continued success and helping to keep our ticket prices affordable for our patrons.
“Bridges”, with BRIDGES, A Community Support System; artists were invited to present images of transformation, the journey and passages.
“Trees”, with Milford Trees, Tree Commission; artists were invited to depict trees, re-imagine trees, symbolize trees, etc. Milford Trees hosted Arboretum tours, leaf rubbings and lectures.
“Metro North train platform photography”; partnered with the City of Milford Community and Economic Development Department and called to area photographers to submit iconic photographs for display along both sides of the Milford Transit platform. These beautiful 19 images by 8 different photographers welcomes all who come by rail to Milford, taking the place of 19 blighted billboards unwanted by Metro North marketing.
“Milford’s 375th Anniversary”; Held a logo contest and awarded two artists—one a local high school student. Hosted a Plein Air event.
“Girl Scout Gold Award”; mentored local high school student in developing an after school art club, matched an instructor and aided in getting an audience with Devon Rotary for funding.
“Milford Education Foundation”; partnered in major fundraiser called the “Chair-ity Event”, matching artist mentors to high school student groups to paint student-made Adirondack chairs for auction.
“MAC FEST”; revamped traditional NE Arts & Crafts Festival to include multiple community partners, highlight local businesses as well as MAC programs, local food vendors, pop-up workshops and plein air event.
Business Investors and Partners:
The City of Milford, MAC Investor
The Connecticut Commission on the Arts, MAC Investor
Total Wine & More, MAC Investor
The Milford Bank: MAC Investor
Tri-City Appliance, Heating and Cooling, MAC Investor
The Community Foundation of Greater New Haven, MAC Investor
The Meisenheimer Foundation: MAC Investor
The Community & Economic Development Department of Milford, MAC Investor
Ultimate Interiors: MAC Investor
Cody White: MAC Investor
George J. Smith and Son Insurance, sponsor MAC Fest
Milford Pediatrics: sponsor Milford Student exhibit
The Crushed Grape: Sponsor
Milford Photo: sponsor Milford Photo Expo (*coming in 2016)
Milford Trees/Tree Commission: sponsor “trees” exhibit
The Milford Education Foundation
Milford Downtown Business Asociation
The Milford Public Library
Milford Prevention Council
Walnut Beach Business Association