"We try to celebrate the arts year round, but for Artober we have to step up our game," said Marsha Clementine, MAC president. "We're hoping all our residents catch the bug."
Artober is a month-long celebration of arts and artists. Cities across the country take part in their own celebrations, but this is the first time Mooseville has participated.
"With the MAM renovations and new MOP programming, our artist community has grown tremendously in the last year," Clementine said. "What's equally impressive is the interest in the arts among the community as a whole has grown a lot, too."
Clementine says residents can expect a slew of activities including a photo and short story contest, a film festival, and the unveiling of a new exhibit at Mooseville Art Museum.
When asked about specific dates for activities, Clementine was allusive.
"The annual MAC Halloween photo celebration details have been posted on our website. Residents can start hashtagging Mooseville Halloween right now. The rest is TBA."
When pressed for dates for the new art exhibit, MAM director of development, Anna Curator said details would be revealed closer to Halloween.
"We're very excited about partnering with MAC for Artober," Curator added. "We've got a great exhibit for our patrons. I can't tell you the name or when we'll unveil it, but I will say it's going to be horrifically delightful."
Though event planners say they're excited about upcoming activities, their tight-lipped approach about specific details has created skepticism among some Moosevillians.
"I don't see why we can't just have a community calendar like other folks," said Skip Tickle. "Film festival? We don't even have a movie theater. Seems like a bunch of smoke and mirrors, if you ask me."
Event organizers assure residents plenty of art will be provided during the month of October.
"We might not have a movie theater right now, but we've got public interest, a team of dedicated volunteers, and plenty of public space," said Clementine. "That's all the arts need."
For residents interested in attending and participating in Artober activities, Clementine says social media and the MAC homepage are the best sources for information.
Whether residents and visitors like it or not, the arts are about to rain on our town. It's hard to predict if we'll get pelted all month long or if it will merely drizzle. If event organizers can fulfill their promises, we might just get a downpour.
Story by: Lensy Shutters