Empowering the Arts

Maricopa ARTS Council

֎ Empowering the Arts ֎

   Mission: Founded in early 2013 by Maricopa’s creative community as an independent entity established to coordinate, promote, and support Arts events and creative expression in our city by both Arts organizations and Artists across the \entire artistic spectrum in their continuing search for excellence.  And to enhance the quality of life in our city and region, plus raise local consciousness concerning the many ways in which an active creative sector enriches its host community by working to increase public access to the Arts live. 

  • In short: Do much (with little available) to promote and increase the presence and impact of the city’s Arts and Artists on community consciousness.
  • MAC has introduced the following Arts events to the City of Maricopa for the first time — and most of them have now become welcomed favorites every year:

►Poetry Slams

►Studio Crawls

► ‘Inside the Creative Mind’ lecture series

►Group Artists’ Galleries

►Young Choreographers Competition

► Silent Reading Parties

►Online Abstract Art Contest


Artist Bonnie Del Turco and Composer Judith Lang Zaimont agree that 10 years after incorporation the city of Maricopa is ready for an ARTS Council – to celebrate, promote, and put in sensible ordering its many and varied ARTS events already in place, and inaugurate new ones. They call for a private meeting in March solely for Maricopa’s creative
community: an Artists Rabble-Rouser

Come to a PRIVATE EVENT just for Copa Creators

SUNDAY afternoon, March 10, 2013
2:30 – 3:30 PM
at Seven Cups Coffee

are meeting to:

  • Endorse the creation of a MARICOPA COUNCIL on the ARTS
  • Endorse the inauguration of a location to serve as ArtSpace Maricopa
  • And to bring our city’s Community of Creators to full
    – and continuing – notice by the Business and
    Governmental sectors that power Maricopa’s growth
    Let Everyone hear YOUR VOICE
    Let us all, together, make 2013 Maricopa’s VEAR of the ARTS
  •  SIGN the Petition creating a MARICOPA ARTS COUNCIL 

The petition was signed by 107 Musicians, Dancers, Theatre professionals, Artists and Artisans, and presented to the Mayor and City Council in April 2013. • The Mayor issued a June 2013 Proclamation favoring the Arts, and MAC became a nonprofit corporation in 2014.

Maricopa Arts Recognized by Proclamation June, 2013.

On June 18, 2013, City Mayor Christian Price issued a
Proclamation favoring the ARTS which said
“Whereas the arts nourish human development and that artistic expression of all kinds connects and strengthens our city; Whereas, the arts enhance the City’s reputation and can be an effective catalyst for economic development
“Now, therefore, be it resolved that I, Mayor Christian Price, do hereby proclaim support for all artists, arts organizations and art and culture events in the City of Maricopa.”

Local print and video media covered the first season of MAC events, including the Chandler Republic:

MAC is a membership organization and has both individual and organizational members. Over time MAC has

      ►Published the book Artists on Creativity and the Creative Life

      ►Introduced the Youtube channel Celebrating Maricopa’s Arts

Additionally MAC has mounted two year-long celebrations of the Arts featuring every city Arts organization in public showcases, plus several special events (exx. World-Music Showcase, Poetry Slam 101, Performance GALA):

                             ► 2016-2017  All-Arts EXPO – Got ARTS, Maricopa?

                              2019-2020  ArtsFEST Maricopa

MAC’s logo was designed by graphic artist Carl Diedrich, the winning entry from a city-wide 2013 contest sponsored by Wells Fargo. 

            MAC has been supported by local donors and local and state organization sponsors, and for more than five years through Community Investment Grants from the Arizona Commission on the Arts.