Our Mission

The mission of the Mystic Arts Center is to foster the creation and to promote the understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the arts for the broad public.

 

To fulfill this mission we will:

  • Operate and maintain galleries and studios to support exhibitions and broad based arts education programs.
  • Promote and be a venue for sales of works of art for elected artist members and exhibiting artists.
  • Maintain an art museum and permanent collection of works by important regional artists.
  • Provide an understanding of the role of the arts in the enrichment of community life and cultural heritage.
  • Be dedicated to standards of excellence.

Mystic Arts Center, a part of the Connecticut art scene for 100 years, is a place where culture, tradition, and the charm of small town New England converge. Founded in 1913 by a group of prominent artists rooted in the philosophy of the 19th century French landscape painters, Mystic Arts Center today serves as an arts and culture center for southeastern Connecticut.

MAC’s galleries are open year-round, seven days a week, from 11:00am to 5:00pm. To support its mission as an educational, non-profit organization, open to all, Mystic Arts Center maintains a historically significant gallery built in 1931 on Water Street, one block from downtown Mystic. Located on the west bank of the scenic Mystic River, the air conditioned gallery operates as an education center for the arts. The museum houses four art galleries, state of the art studio space, classrooms, and an art reference library. The property includes access to the waterfront and an ample parking facility. In addition, the gallery, education center, parking lot, and terraces are fully accessible for disabled patrons.

Mystic Arts Center’s comprehensive education program offers classes for both children and adults and provides educational outreach programs to regional schools including Groton, Stonington, New London and Norwich.

We conduct a regularly scheduled series of juried, open, and invitational exhibitions throughout the year, present a variety of programs in the performing arts including literary events and musical performances, offer fine art for sale, and maintain a museum quality archive department and permanent collection. MAC’s magnificent location and beautiful gallery and grounds form the backdrop to numerous events throughout the year, including weddings, benefits, and other private functions.


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