for the heartbeat of arts and culture in Moab? Look no further
than the Moab Arts and Recreation Center in downtown Moab.
Since its formation by the City of Moab in 1997, the MARC has
become the center for creativity-based recreation. Housed in
a renovated 1920s era church, the building has been lovingly
remodeled to offer a performance stage, a gallery, a pottery
studio, classrooms and the only wooden dance floors in town.
Each year approximately 20,000 people use the arts center for
a variety of artistic endeavors. At any given time of the day
you are likely to walk through the MARC and hear children practicing
on the guitar or piano. In other rooms you’ll find yoga,
tai chi, chi gong, ballet, salsa and other movement arts. During
winter months, the MARC offers classes in watercolor, oil painting,
pastels, ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, woodcarving and
more. The gallery hosts community shows as part of the second
Saturday of the month Art Walk. On the last Thursday of every
month the Moab Film Society selects an independent film to
screen at the MARC. The last Friday of the month is the time
to kick up your heels and join the contra dancers who spin
to the music of the Moab Community Dance Band.
the MARC is owned and operated by the city, about half
of the revenues to run the programs and sustain the arts
must be generated by rentals and fundraising activities.
Three big fundraisers populate the MARC’s busy calendar:
The Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair in December, a mystery
dinner theatre in November and the Western Stars Cowboy
Poetry Gathering in February.
This year the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair is on Saturday,
December 2, which coincides with the annual Electric Light
Parade and tree lighting ceremony downtown. After the lights
are on and the parade passes by, the MARC kicks off the holidays
with another contra dance.
those rare times when someone isn’t pirouetting,
painting or practicing yoga, the MARC is a favorite place
for weddings and small private parties. Rental space is
also available for meetings or for a temporary base camp
for seasonal activities or events that come to Moab such
as 24-hours of Moab bike race. Visiting dancers, photographers
and writers often use the facility for workshops. Last
year the MARC initiated their first “art swap and
flea market” offering a place for artists to sell
and buy leftover arts and crafts materials.
Another way the MARC is supported is through the generous donations
of the community. Memberships are also sold. A regular individual
membership is $25.00. A regular family membership is $50.00.
This membership entitles the member to the MARC newsletter
and a 10 percent discount on all MARC sponsored classes and
events. For a $40 value-added individual membership, MARC supporters
receive the above benefits plus a 20 percent discount at Back
of Beyond and Sgt. Pepper’s Music Store. A family membership
at the same level is $80.00.
Whether its visual art, literary arts, movement arts, clay,
wood, rock or steel, there is always some kind of art happening
at the MARC. For more information call Janet at 435/259-6272
or visit www.moabcity.org and
select Arts Programs.