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.
the Merced County Arts Council administers several
different programs in addition to our ongoing in-house
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.
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.
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.
Art Center Galleries
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
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
Merced Multicultural Arts Center
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.
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.