he Media Arts Council works to further its mission to actively support local artists and integrate a wide range of arts into the life of the entire community.
M.A.C. seeks to:
- Support artists by increasing opportunities to exhibit or perform their work in Media
- Create opportunities to communicate information about art happenings throughout the area
- Contribute to community arts events that appeal to all members of the community
Our overriding passion is the importance of arts in the community, and the Media Arts Council seeks to support all who take part.
group of artists and residents of Media and surrounding communities met during 2004 to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing artists, art supporters and the community at large regarding the role of the arts in the community. This group evolved into the Board of Directors who moved to incorporate the organization as a 501c3 non-profit and establish it as a resource for the community. The Media Arts Council now has 14 volunteer board members and several volunteers working on multiple committees and connecting with other regional organizations to promote the arts where possible.
In 2010, the Media Arts Council hired its first Executive Director, Judy Fowler, one of the original founding members and first president of M.A.C.
Many M.A.C. events are in their fifth annual rotation and 2nd Saturdays have been a continuous monthly event since 2006 – celebrating its sixth year and 72nd event in March of 2012.
Board of Directors | 2015
Brian Kors, President
Sara Painter, Vice-President
Wilbur Briones, Secretary
Mike Berman, Treasurer
Mary Beth Rim
Borough Council Liaison
Brian Hall, Borough Council President
hat does M.A.C. really do? Our work is organized into several committees made up of dedicated volunteers who bring their skills and enthusiasm to their teams. We have a lot on our plates, but recognize that we’re in it for the camaraderie too. We’re always looking for new volunteers, so please let us know if you’re interested in learning more about our committees.
Coordination of our monthly Arts Stroll has become the heart and soul of M.A.C. In conjunction with Media businesses and the Media Business Authority, the 2nd Saturday committee helps match businesses with artists and musicians each month, and coordinates logistics and communications to make it a highly visible and exciting event.
Within the committee, the 2nd Saturday Coordinator, Artist Coordinator, and Business Coordinator are rotating, annual positions, and we’re always looking for enthusiastic people to join the team.
The committee meets once a month, with a flurry of activity two weeks prior to the event, to prepare promotions leading up to 2nd Saturday. To help with our monthly arts stroll, please email our Second Saturday Committee Chair.
At the forefront of our relationship with local artists, the committee manages our Artist Registry and drives the development of events and educational programs such as our ongoing M.A.C. Window Gallery at Bryn Mawr Trust, This Space for Rent Art Exhibit, Media ICONS Photography Contest, and other activities that engage local artists and provide exposure for them to exhibit and sell their work.
The Artist Committee meets once a month, usually the last Wednesday night of every month. To join our Artist Committee, please email our Artist Committee Chair.
Bastille Day is our most exciting 2nd Saturday event and requires an extraordinary amount of coordination, creativity, and energy. The committee plans and coordinates all aspects of the event including work with the Media Borough, Media Business Authority, and various local organizations, as well as event logistics, creative execution, publicity, and more.
The Bastille Day Committee meets frequently from January through July. To get involved with our Bastille Day Celebration, please contact our Bastille Day Coordinator.
Promoting M.A.C. events and artists in many ways, the communications group handles advertising, public relations, our own web site, blog, Facebook™ page, presence on the Philly Fun Guide™, and more. We’re always looking for writers, graphic designers, and anyone interested in helping to spread the word.
This committee typically meets the first or second Monday of every month. For more information, please contact the Communications Committee Chair
Managing the finances of M.A.C. includes managing the budget, paying bills, filing our taxes and more. Volunteers who can lend accounting or administrative skills are welcome. For more information, please contact the Media Arts Council Treasurer
Our fund raising efforts keep M.A.C. events and activities free or low cost to the public, and have enabled us to continue to support artists and arts activities for several years. The committee leads all of these efforts by seeking sponsorships, grants, and general donations through a variety of organized initiatives of all sizes. We might spend our time shaking hands on State Street, on the phone with potential donors, or even planning a party to raise funds. Diverse skills are needed to help us keep M.A.C. strong. For more information, please contact the Fundraising Committee Chair
The film festival attracts enthusiasts from all over the area to participate in our Film Fest committee. This group plans the entire event, from setting the criteria, judging film submissions, coordinating all event logistics, getting sponsorships, designing workshops, and more. They’ve truly exemplified our approach of building things from the ground up, and are always looking for more willing volunteers.
The Media Film Festival Committee meets frequently throughout the year with more frequent meetings in the beginning of the year. Please contact our Media Film Festival Committee Chair to see how you can get involved.
As you can see, the Media Arts Council does a lot and needs your help to keep the ball rolling. Visit the Volunteer and Support the Arts pages for more information. And as always, we encourage everyone to become a patron of M.A.C. Your contributions go a long way to further the arts in our community.