About the Monroe Arts Council

The Monroe Arts Council Monroe Arts Council (MAC) of Monroe, Washington. We are a nonprofit, grassroots corporation founded during Monroe's Centennial Year by citizens who recognize the importance of the arts in lifelong learning, family activities and quiet inspiration.

Monroe Arts Council Mission Statement

"Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" (Life is short, art endures)
- Hippocrates

Monroe Arts Council Supports


More on the Monroe Arts Council philosophy

Art Enhances Life Theatre, music, dance, painting, sculpture and literature give expression to our joy, sorrow, hope and fear, and reveal the human condition in all its complexity. The arts, in all their many vibrant forms, impart universal understanding among people, cultures, and nations, and therefore enhance quality of life experiences.


Building Community Together Through Art

People from diverse cultural backgrounds are making the Monroe area their home. Monroe’s small-town atmosphere, proximity to Seattle, and surrounding natural beauty, are just some of the area’s many attractive features. Recent and future growth makes the need even greater for enhanced visual, literary and performing arts, as art helps to create community by drawing people together. It is a ripe time in Monroe’s development for expanding the arts including summer picnic concerts in our local parks, commissioning public sculpture and additional art murals, reviving summer garden tours and children’s concerts, and bringing artistic, foreign and other notable films to the local theater.


Instilling Passion for Art

The Monroe Arts Council (MAC) is a non-profit, grassroots corporation founded during Monroe’s Centennial year by citizens recognizing the importance of the arts in lifelong learning and inspiration. An energetic, imaginative, and diverse Board of Directors leads this organization. Membership is voluntary and encouraged within the local community. The MAC’s first project was remarkable: a 130-foot long mural in historic downtown Monroe depicting local underwater river life and painted by two regional artists. This mural, entitled "The River of Life Centennial Mural, signifies the city’s establishment at the confluence of two beautiful rivers and features the area’s indigenous salmon – a Pacific Northwest icon.

River Of Life mural
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