When 17 Maderans were appointed to start the Madera County Arts Council 31 years ago, they immediately embarked on the council’s goals: to bring arts education to county schools, to create a cultural arts center for the county, and to offer continuing arts programs and events.
Thirty years after officially becoming a nonprofit organization, MCAC has met all of its planned objectives and continues to expand its programs to enrich the community through the arts.
How it all began
The Madera County Board of Supervisors appointed a 17-member council in early 1982 after the California Arts Council (CAC) and the state legislature established a state and local partnership designated to encourage local cultural planning and decision making for previously under-served areas.
The founders of the council were Diane Stavrum, Joachim Stenzel, Orval Robertson, Nancy Clute, Grace Justin, Isabel Bennet, Jeannie DeGroot, Larry Hibdon, Dave Musso, Franklin Secara, Dorrie Thurber, Fran Wheat, Shirley Driggs, Dennis Wash, and C. Dean McClure. Terry Brenna was a consultant and Nancy Redbump was a guest...