Monthaven Art and Cultural Center

Monthaven Arts and Cultural Center
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Arts Outreach

Commitment to Community

Arts For All

As part of our mission to make the arts available to everyone, the MACC offers FREE art lessons to organizations that serve under-resourced youth, families, seniors and veterans living in Middle Tennessee.

Flagship Program

Exhibition Connect: Community Outreach

Our flagship program, Exhibition Connect: Community Outreach (EC:CO), provides students of all ages with immersive art-making experiences. Lessons are often inspired by current exhibitions at the MACC, allowing students to indulge their imaginations while learning important creative skills.

What We Do

In Our Community

Each year, our art instructors, historians and exhibiting artists engage over 3,500 participants in free classes and workshops. MACC art teachers currently provide free art lessons to youth at Children Are People, Cottage Cove and Shalom Zone. Free art lessons are held for seniors at Traditions of Mill Creek and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9851. Free healing arts programming is offered to participants from Grace Place, Hope and Healing at Hillenglade, and Veterans Recovery Center. If your organization is interested in participating in our free arts outreach programming, please contact Eva Rabin at [email protected] or Tonya Mirtes at [email protected].:

Find Out More

For more information about our Arts Outreach Program, contact us.

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.