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ArtStart – Summer Art Program for Children

New this year: one week sessions to allow you more flexibility!


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.  Membership year runs August 1, 2017 – July 31, 2018.  If you are uncertain if your membership is current, please call the MAC at (508)748-1266.**

ArtStart 2018

Director:  Jamie Wiksten


Session 1: Tue., June 26 – Fri., June 29 – 9am to 12:30pm*
$155 MAC member/$175 non-member;
No classes on Mon., June 25 due to late school release – price is pro-rated

For those who paid for the week when it was originally planned for 5 days, a refund will be made to you soon.


Session 2: Mon., July 2 – Fri., July 6 – 9am  to 12:30pm*
$155 MAC members/$175 non-members;
No classes on Wed., July 4 due to holiday – price is pro-rated
session 2 is FULL

Session 3: Mon., July 9 – Fri., July 13 – 9am to 12:30pm*
$195 MAC members/$215 non-members
session 3 is FULL


Session 4: Mon., July 16 – Fri., July 20 – 9am to 12:30pm*
$195 MAC members/$215 non-members
session 4 is FULL

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

Registration is not considered complete until payment in full is made online via PayPal. 
You will be prompted for payment immediately after submitting your online registration form.

Please note that ArtStart fees are non-refundable.



ArtStart 2018

To register, please fill out the form below and click on Submit to register and then be sure pay with PayPal.
  • NOTE: Your child must be potty trained and have reached 4 1/2 years of age by the start of ArtStart on June 25, 2018. 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.
  • We're excited to announce the renovations of our updated theater. The new 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.