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ArtStart is the MAC's summer art program for children aged 4 1/2 to 9 years, offered in June and July.

ArtStart teachers are specialists in music, dance, theater, and art, most of whom teach throughout the year and are professionals in their fields. 


We have come to the incredibly difficult decision to cancel ArtStart 2020 due to concerns over COVID-19. ArtStart is essential to the mission of the MAC, part of which is to provide our SouthCoast community with educational opportunities and for young children to engage in creativity. Revamping our program to fit state guidelines might be possible, but we want kids to enjoy the camp they know and love. That experience is all about kids creating, singing, learning, and having fun together! Ultimately, we cannot risk the health and safety of our MAC families and our staff. It is our hope that through vigilance and a community-wide effort, we can beat this and get back to normal much sooner. We'll bring back our beloved camp to its fullest in 2021!

To review the full guidelines for the reopening of summer camps, visit the website here. All payments can be held as credit for future programs, given as a 100% tax-deductible donation, or refunded in full. Please email Executive Director Jodi Stevens at [email protected] for more information.

Activities include arts and crafts, theater, music, games, and storytelling. There is an informal performance at the end of each week’s session, and each child receives two tickets for caregivers or family members to attend. Camps run weekly, from 9:00am‒12:30pm daily, except for July 4. Fridays are performance days, and camp releases at 1:00pm. Campers must bring a bag lunch and water every day. MAC members get early registration beginning in January and receive off a significant discount on ArtStart tuition.* Public online registration begins February 1.

ArtStart 2020 Schedule

  • All ArtStart Sessions have been cancelled. Please contact the MAC for more information.

Camp runs 9:00am‒12:30pm daily, except on Friday (performance day), when camp ends at 1:00pm.

Cost per session: MAC Members: $215 | Non-members: $240

*Please note: ArtStart fees are nonrefundable. Current MAC membership at the Family level ($75) or above is required for discounted ArtStart tuition and early registration. Visit our membership page here to join the MAC. If you are uncertain if your membership is current, please call the MAC at (508) 748-1266.


Margaret Laine


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