As a volunteer for the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, Inc. (MTCAC), I can say with pride that 2010 was an extraordinary year. MTCAC is a nonprofit organization responsible for programming at the Middletown Arts Center. Working with a very limited staff, our volunteers strive to enhance the quality of life for all area residents by supporting and promoting the arts throughout the community.
During 2010, 738 public activities or events were held at the Center. This included 220 classes for all ages, 73 summer camp offerings, 46 Special Needs programs, 16 art exhibits, 35 theatrical performances, 114 theatrical rehearsals, 39 musical performances, 34 dance events, 7 Auditions, 43 special workshops, 29 community events, 10 Master Class music programs, 48 art parties and 24 other events. These events attracted over 40,000 children, adults and artists.
MTCAC forged significant relationships that increased participation in the arts, reaching new and diverse audiences.
- The JINKA Foundation piloted a very successful 2-week Summer Arts Camp program, slated for expansion this year, for children affected by brain tumors.
- The Association for Retarded Citizens (ARC) presented a series of art classes for adults here.
- The New Jersey Theatre Alliance hosted a special program for Individuals with Disabilities.
We offer need-based scholarships that allow families to attend classes and workshops that they could not otherwise afford. Our annual Talent Showcase and Community Art Show Series, both ongoing programs, afford performance and exhibit opportunities to community members who may not otherwise have these experiences. The Summer Concert Series offers quality musical concerts during the summer free of charge.
MTCAC continued growing its financial contribution to the Center’s operating expenses. The township’s annual “Middletown Day” event would have been cancelled had not MTCAC arranged for free entertainment and assisted the Middletown Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs with the event.
I would like to thank and recognize the dedicated staff and the volunteer corps of 150 people at the Arts Center, who so generously donated their time. All of them worked hard to enrich the lives of all area residents by helping to provide inclusive, affordable and innovative arts programming. Come visit this award-winning community resource at 36 Church Street in Middletown, next to the train station. Call (732) 706-4100 or visit us on the web at www.middletownarts.org.
Mary W. Pearson
Board of Trustees
Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, Inc,