Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
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Hendersonville, Tenn. (April 10, 2023) – Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, Sumner County’s premier arts organization, is thrilled to announce the launch of its new website, The new site offers a comprehensive listing of the MACC’s exhibitions and events as well as links to register for the organization’s popular art camps and classes. The site also features a new blog along with expanded video and podcast features.

“Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center has grown exponentially since we launched our first website nearly five years ago,” says MACC Executive Director and CEO Cheryl Strichik. “We’ve gone from having about 30 art students in our school to over 700 today, and we have introduced major arts outreach and healing arts programs for underrepresented youth, families and military veterans. These programs and more are now fully represented on our new website.”

Parents and students alike will find much to admire in the website’s new, streamlined class pages. Visitors will now be able to quickly review art classes for children, adults and seniors with just one click. The MACC’s expanded course offerings in the healing arts and specialty workshops are also easy to find and use.

A new art blog will provide visitors with interviews and stories detailing Middle Tennessee’s rich cultural life. New podcasts and videos will provide vivid insights into the creative processes of local, regional and national artists.

The MACC’s commitment to community programming is well-represented on the new website. Information about the organization’s outreach programming, healing arts initiatives, veterans arts programming and senior arts classes are thoroughly presented.

Visual art fans will be able to plan their museum trips, thanks to a new exhibit tab that lists upcoming exhibitions months in advance. Similarly, music fans and festivalgoers can map out their itineraries with the help of the website’s improved events tab.

Navarro Creative Group, a website design, SEO and internet marketing company located in Hendersonville, created the MACC’s new website. We invite our visitors to explore the new site and discover for themselves why the MACC is Sumner County’s creative town square.

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is a jewel-box art museum and education facility housed in one of Tennessee’s most spectacular antebellum mansions. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the MACC has staged exhibitions featuring everything from the ceramic art of Pablo Picasso to the evening gowns of Princess Diana. The artwork of local artists and military veterans are also on frequent display. As an art school, the MACC offers classes to more than 600 children and adults each year. The MACC also provides free arts outreach and healing arts to underserved children, families, military veterans and first responders. For more information, visit or call (615) 822-0789.

Kaylin Warden

External Affairs Coordinator

Kaylin Warden joined the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center staff in 2024 as External Affairs Coordinator. In this post, she organizes special off-site events and manages the organization’s external communications. She also works with the development department by updating the MACC’s customer relations database, and she assists the executive director in setting up exhibitions. Above all else, Kaylin is passionate about the arts. It comes as no surprise, then, that she is now pursuing a master’s degree in art history. When she’s not at the MACC, you can find her reading her favorite books (especially ones dealing with maritime mysteries), cooking, gardening, playing with her cat and two dogs, and cheering for the Nashville Predators.

Ruth Chase

Regional Arts Director
Ruth Chase is the Regional Arts Director of Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center, joining the team in 2023. For Ruth, the job is all about community, bringing people together to uplift and educate artists and art lovers alike. Her role at Monthaven is to strengthen the local artist community and build connections that will enrich Hendersonville and our surrounding communities through art exhibitions, art education, and opportunities for regional artists.
Prior to joining Monthaven, Ruth worked in the arts for over 30 years and is a multimedia artist and graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute. Her artistic practice is inquiry-based and engages in community bridge-building. She was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the City of Los Angeles, curated and juried exhibitions, and has taught at the Crocker Art Museum.
Ruth was awarded an Artist-in-Residence for Artist Activating Communities through a grant from the California Arts Council for three consecutive years. Her film Belonging screened at both the 18th Annual Nevada City Film Festival and Wild & Scenic Film Festival. She has received the Legendary Female Artist of Venice award, and she has exhibited in The Crocker Kingsley, the Museum of Northern California Art, and the Diego Rivera Gallery at the San Francisco Art Institute. Ruth also continues her work as a Curatorial Consultant and Art director for the Californian Indigenous Research Project, where she has worked with the local tribe since 2018.