Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
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About Monthaven and it's community.

The Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center (MACC) is Sumner County’s premier arts organization. A nonprofit launched in 2017 and located in Hendersonville, Tenn., the MACC offers art classes and stages world-class art exhibitions in our headquarters at Monthaven Mansion, a spectacular antebellum home built in the 1850s. Once serving as a field hospital during the Civil War, Monthaven’s galleries and halls now exist to create vibrant arts and cultural experiences for people of all ages.

Our Vision

The vision of the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is to be a creative town square that inspires everyone to indulge their imaginations and be their best.

Our Mission

The mission of the Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center is to educate, elevate and encourage our community through the transformative power of the arts.


What We Believe

The MACC believes that the arts are for everyone, and it is therefore committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Our exhibitions and outreach programs are all offered free of charge. And we routinely engage with youth, seniors, residents with mental and physical disabilities, and families of color at a substantially higher rate than the county demographic.

The MACC’s goal is to serve our community through culturally enriching exhibitions, art classes, outreach programs and the healing arts. We are a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, so your generous gifts in support of our programs are all tax deductible. To find out more about supporting the MACC, please go here.

Jonathan Bradley Community Member

Fantastic space and wonderfully informative and helpful staff. (Thanks, Emma and Bonnie! 😊) They host some wonderful artworks and have a great gift shop--check it out!

Brenda Wilson-Lowery Visitor

Beautiful grounds packed with arts and crafts , music! One of middle Tennessee’s hidden gems!

Kali Dake-Wheeler Art Mom

My daughter loves taking art classes at Monthaven! We LOVE Mrs. Holly! Definitely recommend taking classes here and we especially love all their art exhibits! Wonderful experience time and time again and it’s so nice to have this so close to our home

Leslie Ann Pace Modena Art Enthusiast

Wonderful place, knowledgeable staff, amazing exhibit of Picasso

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.