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Since 1978 the Merced County Arts Council has been striving to offer effective, affordable, and engaging arts programming in our area. We believe that the arts are an indispensable component of both a healthy and thriving community and a fully experienced life. As such, we endeavor to offer programming that can fulfill our mission while reaching the broadest category of people and tastes.

Currently, the Merced County Arts Council administers several different programs in addition to our ongoing in-house arts education classes.


Our longest running program is Artree. Founded in 1984, ARTREE is a program designed to enhance fine and performing arts in the school districts of Merced County. Its purpose is to stimulate creativity and excite curiosity in all the arts by placing professional artists in classrooms to facilitate workshops, give performances, conduct teacher inservices, and assist in curriculum development.

The Enrichment Center

The Enrichment Center is an arts-based adult day program for people with developmental disabilities. Established in 2000 as an option for medium to high functioning adults who had a desire to participate in the arts, the program operates under the premise that the arts are a valid, qualitative means of human expression, knowing, and understanding of ourselves, each other, and how we live in the world.

The Enrichment Center operates under the belief that expression through the arts is the most primal method of communication and understanding shared by humans. Every day, The Enrichment Center provides instruction and a forum for exploration in the visual and performing arts for adults with developmental disabilities, because without experience in the arts, they may not have the tools they need to express their humanity.

The Art Center Galleries

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center features four gallery spaces. Exhibits are rotated every three-four months with special emphasis given to showcasing the best in local, regional and statewide artistic talent.

A major component to our gallery programming is our annual juried printmaking exhibit. Started in 2007, this juried group show is open to all printmakers currently living in California. Held each year from April – June it has begun to make a name for itself in California printmaking circles and continues to be one of our most popular exhibits.

The Merced Multicultural Arts Center

Though not technically a program, our building at 645 W. Main Street in Downtown Merced is by far our most recognizable component and as such requires the lion’s share of our attention and resources while at the same time making many of the things we do possible.

Completed in 1996 through a model of private/public partnership with the City of Merced, The Merced Multicultural Arts Center is a modern, open three story facility providing space and support for arts education, training, world-class performances, tours, and five galleries showcasing arts and cultural exhibits of local, regional and national importance. Included is the Arbor Gallery; a retail cooperative of over 30 regional artists.

Merced County Arts Council, Inc.

645 W. Main Street
Merced, CA 95340


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