Have you noticed the many ways people pull together during trying times? Our community offers myriad examples of organizations and individuals adapting and working side-by-side to strengthen our beautiful coastline region during the current economic challenges.
After 95 years in existence, the Mystic Arts Center (MAC) is both adept at adaptation and enjoying a renewed surge of collaboration with some of the fabulous organizations of our region. Together we work to improve and diversify our offerings to community members and the visitors who come to explore our lovely region.
The MAC has forged a very successful relationship with Olde Mistick Village Art Cinemas which now hosts our monthly Artists Cinema Series featuring one-time showings of critically acclaimed art films. Special introductions and post-film discussions are then led by local film experts or enthusiasts, providing background on artists, films and filmmakers.
The film series offers inexpensive entertainment and a fun way to get lost for several hours while learning about the often infamous antics of famous artists. The first film is “Carrington,” screened on February 22; and continues with “Surviving Picasso” starring Anthony Hopkins on March 22, and “Factory Girl” starring Sienna Miller on April 26. For more information about tickets and show times, visit www.mysticarts.org.
Another new collaboration began recently between seven downtown Mystic art galleries. Arts In Mystic is a monthly gallery stroll, held from 6-8pm on the first Thursday of each month, when the galleries extend their hours and offer refreshments or music for art lovers. It’s a great way to take in a wide variety of exhibitions and gallery styles. For more information about this gallery stroll, visit www.artsinmystic.org.
On February 7th, the MAC is proud to partner with the Mystic yoga studio Yoga Shala to host a three-hour chanting workshop with acclaimed singer/chanter Krishna Das. The afternoon workshop includes call and response chanting, talks about the spiritual path, and a forum for questions and answers. This is something very unique for our area, and an exciting enrichment opportunity for all who attend.
And there is so much more! We hope you will dabble in the incredibly diverse array of activities offered throughout our region. Creativity is a very effective stress reducer in busy lives. The Mystic Arts Center is a non-profit community arts organization dedicated to serving the region’s artistic, cultural and creative needs through studio education, exhibitions and educational outreach programming. We hope to see you in the galleries! Please visit us at 9 Water Street, Mystic, www.mysticarts.org or call 860.536.7601.
Director of External Relations
Mystic Arts Center