MVAAC Sponsored Farmer’s Market Music September 29th, 4 – 6 pm.


What: Jazz Music Duet

Where: Mount Vernon IA Community Center

Who: Musicians Martin and Beckett will play Jazz, drums and upright bass.  Please come out and support them and listen to some Jazz.

Time: 4 – 6 PM


The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council Mural project kicked off Sept 24th, 2016

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council Mural project kicked off Sat, Sept 24th, 2016 at the LHAF 2016 event.  Steve Maravetz, MVAAC President stated “This mural will help us learn about ourselves, each other, and our community.”


The Arts Council and sponsors are excited to bring this to our community. This will be a collaboration between the arts council and residents in our community. The art teachers in the community will work with the students on design aspects for the project and Strider Patton will hold town halls to gather input from the community.

Steve also said “Art is part of the fabric of Mount Vernon. It brings us together and helps define us.”

Please continue to look for ways in the coming months you can be involved in the MVAAC mural project.

Lincoln Highway Arts Festival 2016 sponsored by the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council

The LHAF 2016 is in the books now…

Thanks to all the artists, volunteers, musicians, dancers, demonstrators, patrons, restaurants, businesses, and sponsors for making this year’s event the best year ever. As the chair of this year’s event I am overwhelmed by the help received and attendance in a time that our surrounding towns are faced with preparing for the flooding.

We had volunteers up at 5 am lining the streets and setting up for this event. It takes a lot of time and energy from all to make this event successful each year.  Thanks also to all of the Mount Vernon High School students and Cornell students that volunteered their time and did anything I asked, you were troupers.  Some of the jobs aren’t pretty…

It is awesome to see a community with such talented artists that come out year after year. It was also nice this year to have so many new artists to the show.

The weather was perfect as ordered!

See you next year on September 16th, 2017.

MVAAC Chair 2016

Denise Murphy


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MVAAC Thank You to Our Sponsors!!!

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council (MVAAC) wants to say Thank You to our sponsors for 2016 – 2017.  We appreciate the business and community sponsorship of our events!  We have an exciting year planned with Saturday’s Lincoln Highway Arts Festival (Sept 24th), the kick off of our new Mural project (Sept 24th), Music events, Lisbon After School art program (Sept – April) and much more!!!


Thanks to Our 2016-2017 Sponsors

Iowa Arts Council/Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

The McIntyre Foundation

Maurice Foundation

Mount Vernon-Lisbon Community Development Group


Hands in Harmony

Mount Vernon Bank & Trust Company


Fuel Art & Espresso

Koppenhaver & Associates, PC

Stewart Baxter Funeral & Memorial Services

Zoe’s Pet Deli

East End Art

Hills Bank & Trust Company


Bon Appétit

Bridge Community Bank

Lincoln Wine Bar

First Brick Arts

Lynch Ford Chevrolet Inc.

Mount Vernon Ace Hardware

Robert Murphy Family

Silver Spider


Alice’s Wonderland-Antiques

Mount Vernon Eye Clinic

Rick & Trude Elliott


 In-Kind:    Gary’s ● Palisades Café ● Perfect Blend● Brother’s Market


Also, thanks to the many businesses and individuals who purchased artist tokens!

Lisbon Afterschool ART Program Sept 14th 2016

Teresa Sullivan kicked off this school year’s after school art program at the Lisbon After School program at the Lisbon Library on September 14th, 2016.


Teresa Sullivan – Artist

This program allows for students to receive an hour long art demonstration and hands on activity focused on the visual arts.  Teresa presented a how to on making puppets.

This event is sponsored by the MVAAC.




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