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Our Mission
Together we are inspiring dreams; teaching skills, instilling confidence and courage; and ensuring quality affordable live theatre. Our core values are all-volunteer, audience-driven, fueled by passion, quality, and innovation.

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janis presentationWHO WE ARE

MTVarts is an all-volunteer, non-profit community theatre production company with proven success providing quality, affordable entertainment to our community while continually building organizational infrastructure to assure long-term survival.

WHAT WE DO

MTVarts' business plan is fluid, staying true to our pledge to be audience-driven.  Our programming includes our Summer Musical Series sponsored by First-Knox National Bank; our educational outreach presenting the works of American playwrights, The Classics Series; youth-oriented performance-based workshops done under the banner of artsIQ; and our Senior Theatre, producing works that speak to the issues facing mature adults.
 
MTVarts reacts and adapts to our audience with special projects like educational workshops, one-act festivals, kids breakfast club, interactive theatre, musical revues, partnership events, and special projects like 2013’s The JJ Project – making a boy’s dream to direct a reality.  We provide production assistance to schools, theatre groups, and community events. We participate and have earned awards at OCTA and AACT festivals.

OUR HISTORY

Originally designed as a communication tool, MTVarts grew from a local theatre troupe, Bruce Jacklin & Company which offers dinner theatre at The Alcove Restaurant, a 100 year old institution in historic Mount Vernon. Our first venture outside the dinner theatre realm was a 2007 production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. In 2008 MTVarts was granted Public Charity Status 509 (a) (2) and is tax exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS. Your contributions to MTVarts are tax deductible.

OUR ORGANIZATION

MTVarts is governed by an all-volunteer Board of Trustees (changed only by resolution) to ensure continuity of vision and purpose.  An operational board was established for the purpose of day-to-day managment of facilities and productions. MTVarts is blessed with a core of dedicated volunteers who donate hours of time, goods, and services.

We are funded through ticket sales, donations, private foundation grants, and corporate support. 

The MTVarts logo was designed by BlackCatCreative to represent the fingerprint each artist leaves on their work. A tree was chosen as our graphic identity to visually illustrate there is as much unseen as there is seen and our audience-driven organization pledges to remain green and growing. Our tag line best describes all that is MTVarts . . . Imagine more, together!

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE

With the support of The Ariel Foundation and Knox County Properties, our dream to lease a space for rehearsal, workshops, and costume/prop storage became reality in 2014. MTVarts continually works to renovate the facility for maximum efficiency.  We also continue to work with the City of Mount Vernon and other community partners toward the creation of a working place where art and science meet the community in historic Blackberry Alley.

Our dreams and goals are as diverse as our volunteers but we continue to dream of a fully-accessible, community-inclusive venue to increase resources for educational and instructional programs, and provide a smaller, more intimate venue for the performing arts in Mount Vernon and Knox County.  Perhaps it is a pipe dream but at MTVarts, we believe in dreaming.


DREAMS BECOME REALITY . . .

Because of the dedication and hard work of some very passionate and talented volunteers.

Because foundations and corporate sponsors believe in community theatre.

Because businesses purchase advertising.

Because individuals donate and volunteer.

Because people buy tickets and come see our shows.

. . . because you believe!