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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 has ended.

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 has ended.

Session 3: Monday, July 8 – Friday, July 12 | 9am to 12:30pm*
$195 MAC members | $215 non-members
Session 3 has ended.

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

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

Please note that ArtStart fees are non-refundable.