Reason #2 - We’re Connected to the CommunityWhen you come to the Madden Arts Center for a gallery exhibit, a drawing class, or a performance, you may notice offices on the first, second, and third floors. Some really important work is being done for our community in these offices by the Community Foundation of Macon County, the Education Coalition of Macon County, and, of course, the Decatur Area Arts Council.
A major goal that these three groups share is improving the quality of life in our community. Quality of life can mean a lot of things, but shouldn’t be confused with the idea of standard of living, which is based mainly on income. The quality of our lives has to do with our personal goals and the ability to make them happen.
The Decatur Area Arts Council’s office is on the first floor. DAAC introduces and promotes the arts, enhances arts educational opportunities, and increases the impact of and access to the arts to improve the quality of life in the community. Over the past 10 years, an average of 1,000 kids and adults every month have enjoyed exhibits, classes, performances, meetings, and more, in the Madden Arts Center. But we don’t just coordinate the activities inside the MAC. The building also serves as our home base when we reach out into the community with great programs like the Performing Arts Series for Students (PASS), community arts grants, and Arts in Central Park.
On the second floor, the Community Foundation of Macon County is the center for both philanthropy and nonprofit groups working to improve the quality of life (there it is again) in Macon County. The folks at the Community Foundation help generous people in our community identify important needs, educate them on how they can help, and figure out how their giving can have the greatest impact. Being downtown in the Madden Arts Center puts them close to many of the businesses, banks, attorneys, and non-profit groups that are part of all this.
The Education Coalition of Macon County is on the third floor. EdCo was created by the Community Foundation to improve the (you guessed it) quality of life in our community by helping our kids learn at higher levels and prepare for their futures. Involving educators, parents, business, and others outside the school room is the key to making this happen and having a place in the middle of town to meet and plan is a big plus.
Having these three organizations under one roof is a powerful thing. Our programs compliment and reinforce each other, increasing our ability to (say it with me) improve the quality of life in our community. The fact that we can just walk up or down the stairs to coordinate our plans, share some new information, or get a bit of advice makes that a whole lot easier.
Decatur Area Arts Council