Visual Arts

MCC's first visual arts program came in 1980, when we secured funding from the MAC and the County Board of Supervisors for a two-week summer art program for children. Our visual arts program often includes in-school and after school art classes as well. We have sponsored visual artists residencies in the primary and middle schools, with MAC- approved artists teaching classes and providing workshops for teachers. In 1994-96 we participated in the Young Persons' Cultural Exchange Program with white children in rural Vermont and Yaqui Indian children in Tucson, Arizona. From 1982 to 1989 MCC rented facilities in a building across from the public high school for its after-school programs in the visual and media arts. This allowed us to again address the goal of bringing together white and black students on neutral territory to work together and explore their artistic and cultural heritages in a common setting. Public and private school students worked together on volume three of I AIN'T LYING, and increasing numbers of white parents are bring their children to after-school art classes with MCC's professional artists.