Who We Are

Muskoka Arts & Crafts is one of the oldest and most well established arts organizations in Ontario, having grown since its inception in 1963 to include a diverse membership of professional full-time artists, part-time artists, hobbyists, amateurs, patrons and art enthusiasts that creates an dynamic environment where everyone can learn from each other.

MISSION 

Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a not-for-profit artist community growing and promoting visual arts & craft awareness across Muskoka community through MAC’s annual events and exhibitions.

VISION

MAC’s prestigious events will be nationally beloved with increased audience growth year after year.

MANDATE

We deliver on our Mission and achieve our Vision by:

  • MAC Brand Awareness & Audience Growth
  • Expanded annual large scale Arts & Crafts events
  • Creating lucrative avenues for our arts & craft community
  • Expanding our MAC Member offerings & education opportunities
  • Artist exposure outside of Muskoka
  • Support staff to enhance our resources

VALUES

  • High quality arts & craft 
  • Inclusive and accessible
  • Inspiring & progressive
  • Financial stability & transparency

The organization is the true heart of visual arts in the province’s favourite cottage and vacation area and has become an innovative force in the community at large.

Muskoka Arts & Crafts supports artists directly through its programming and resources and is also a champion of arts and culture in Muskoka, always striving to make the community a vibrant and culturally engaged destination for visitors, local residents and summer residents alike. Membership in Muskoka Arts & Crafts is open to any person who lives, works, owns property or has a year-round gallery representation in Muskoka.

Muskoka Arts & Crafts is a non-profit organization that is financially self-supporting. It mounts several annual shows, including the popular Summer Show, which has been a centrepiece of Muskoka summers since 1963 and attracts hundreds of artists from across the country and more than 16,000 visitors every year. The Christmas Show & Sale and Spring Members’ Show feature the work of members and the Chapel Gallery in Bracebridge hosts an ongoing cycle of juried exhibitions by local and visiting artists.

The Gallery is also home to the organization’s Permanent Collection. Throughout the year, Muskoka Arts & Crafts organizes workshops for all levels of creative development. 

In April of 2008, an initiative launched by Muskoka Arts & Crafts culminated in the District Municipality of Muskoka declaring Muskoka a Designated Arts Community, a testament to the vitality of the area’s arts scene and its potential as a fundamental building block for year-round art tourism in Muskoka.

The Team

Board of Directors
Virginia Hastings, President
Jodi Chapman-Good, Vice President
Miranda Britton, Treasurer
Jenn Walters, Recording Secretary

Pat Hillcoat, Director
Darrin Sutton, Director
Sarah Clarke, Director

Morris Cooper, Director

Serena West, Director

Staff
Executive Director: Nichole Kitchen

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