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The Mineral Area Council on the Arts Story
Mineral Area Council on the Arts (MACOA) is an organization of volunteers dedicated to providing quality professional arts programming
to local venues at an affordable price. The MACOA office is located on the campus of Mineral Area College. The Council is a not-for-profit organization governed by a board representing several area communities.
Founded in the 1980s by a steering committee developed by former Mineral Area College President Dr. Dixie Kohn, MACOA presents
an annual performance series which includes a variety of artistic genres. Past performances have included the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, a classic film festival, Shakespeare in the Parkland, the Fabulous Motown Revue, French Creole fiddler Dennis Stroughmatt, Celebrate Local Authors, and a variety of lectures, exhibits, concerts and plays featuring national and local artists and performers.
MACOA awards the Karsch-Hawn Fine Arts scholarship annually to a Mineral Area College student. Applications are available
in the Mineral Area College Financial Aid Office. The Council also hosts the popular K-12 Student Art Show,with over 1000 pieces of student artwork on exhibit each spring, partners with the City of Farmington on a student banner display on downtown light poles, and brings children's programs to Parkland schools.