By: Elena Lai Etcheverry, Founder/Executive Director, Charity Wings
The San Marcos Arts Council (SMAC) is a group of men and women that organized to promote and advance artistic activity in our community, primarily through education, exposing the public to the fine and performing arts, and serving the community.
Their mission is to foster and promote an arts environment that enriches the community and envisions a culturally exciting and artistically vibrant community where all forms of the arts flourish.
You may remember them from the Chicken Parade last summer? Or perhaps you have visited their booth at one of the local art events like San Marcos Art Walk? SMAC has a variety of programs that get our local community involved and creating!
In the coming months, SMAC will be sponsoring San Marcos Alive, an artists’ fair complete with entertainment and hands-on projects, sponsoring prizes for the Best of San Marcos photo contest, and starting monthly Artist Mixers to be held at the Charity Wings Art & Craft Center.
“We are not only supporting the arts in San Marcos, but our dedicated arts council has teamed up with the North County Arts Network to encourage collaborations, provide creative opportunities and to unite communities. There are many talented artists and art leaders in North San Diego County that you don’t have to travel far to buy a piece of art, take a stroll through an art walk, learn a new art skill or enjoy a beautiful performance!” says Huerta.
SMAC has supported many art programs and classes for the local community and is constantly looking for artists and groups to partner with.
“The Chicken Parade was the most exciting and interactive project I have ever been a part of. The SMAC team brought local artists together with local businesses and our community for months on end during the summer of 2014. The chickens brought smiles to everyone’s faces that saw them and they couldn’t help but ask questions and want to support local art in North San Diego County. We were able to raise the awareness of art as well as some money towards future involvement in local projects,” says SMAC member, Jody Hall.