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ArtStart – Summer Art Program for Children

ArtStart is a summer art program for younger children (ages 4 1/2 to 9 years), offered during June and July and regularly enrolls 90 – 100 children.  ArtStart was founded by former Executive Director, Wendy Bidstrup, in 1985.  Since then, ArtStart has grown and is now serving a third generation of ArtStart campers.  TheArtStart staff consists of music teachers, art teachers, dance teachers, theater arts teachers and various specialists who teach throughout the year.  All faculty members are professionals in their fields. There are songs and games at the beginning and end of the morning.  Activities include arts and crafts, theater, music and stories.   Campers should bring a bag lunch every day to ArtStart. There is an informal production at the end of each weekly session.

*Please note: Current MAC membership at the Family level (or above) is required for discounted ArtStart tuition.  If you are uncertain if your membership is current, please call the MAC at (508)748-1266.*

ArtStart 2019
Director:  Margaret Laine

About the ArtStart Director: Margaret Laine is a lifelong Marion resident.  She has been involved with the MAC from a young age, more recently joining the Theater Committee and volunteering during The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  With a blended expertise in childcare, event management, and performance arts, Margaret is ready to take on a new role as ArtStart Director.

The Marion Art Center wishes to thank our former ArtStart Director, Jamie Wiksten, for all the years she brought joyful learning to our ArtStart campers.  We know Miss Jamie leaves big shoes to fill, but we remain committed to continuing our ArtStart tradition.  We are gearing up to provide fun, educational programming for the children in our community under the new direction of Margaret Laine.  Be sure to register early — summer in Marion is on its way!


Session 1: Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28 | 9am  to 12:30pm*
$195 MAC members | $215 non-members
Session 1 is OPEN

Session 2: Monday, July 1 – Friday, July 5 | 9am  to 12:30pm*
$155 MAC members | $175 non-members;
No classes on Thursday, July 4 due to holiday – price is pro-rated
Session 2 is OPEN

Session 3: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 | 9am to 12:30pm*
$195 MAC members | $215 non-members
Session 3 is OPEN – LIMITED SPACE LEFT

Session 4: Monday, July 15 – Friday, July 19 | 9am to 12:30pm*
$195 MAC members | $215 non-members
Session 4 is OPEN

 *Each Friday is “show day” and will release at 1pm.

Please note that ArtStart fees are non-refundable.

ArtStart 2019

To register, please fill out the form below and click Submit, then continue through the payment process to complete registration. Your registration is NOT COMPLETE until you follow the link and pay through PayPal.
  • PLEASE NOTE there are different prices depending on what session you choose, and there are different prices for Members vs. Non-Members. Please be sure to select the correct price field.
  • To register a child for more than one session, please fill out a form for each session. If you would like to pay with a single transaction, please register over the phone or in person at the MAC.
  • To register multiple children, please fill out a new form for each child.
  • NOTE: Your child must be potty trained and have reached 4 1/2 years of age by the start of ArtStart on June 25, 2019. If your child does not meet these criteria, we look forward to seeing them next summer!
  • Other health issues we should know about? Does your child use an EPI pen?
  • Please provide an email address that you check often as most communication will be done by email.
  • Theater seating allows each registered child 2 tickets to the informal performance on the last day of the ArtStart session. Please input your initials to confirm acknowledgement and agreement.
  • Doors open at 8:55am for drop off. Doors open at 12:20 for pick up. All attendees must be signed out by 12:30pm. Please initial to confirm that you will comply.
  • You agree that photographs of your child may be used for publicity of ArtStart (in the press, online, etc.). Please initial to confirm agreement.
  • By filling out this field, you confirm that the information provided is accurate and complete. In addition, you understand that incomplete registrations and/or incomplete payments do not will not hold a spot for your child in ArtStart.