MVAAC Presents Mount Vernon High School Students with Scholarships

The two recipients of the Mount Vernon Area Arts Council 2017 scholarships from Mount Vernon High School were Stacey Jaeger and Ethan Wenz.


Kirk Wischmeyer presents MVAAC scholarship to Ethan Wenz

Kirk Wischmeyer presents MVAAC scholarship to Stacey Jaeger.

MVAAC Mural Ribbon Cutting Ceremony May 2017

The Mount Vernon Area Arts Council is proud to present the finished Mural in downtown Mount Vernon, IA.

Mount Vernon High School graduate Strider Patton, now an educator and muralist in San Francisco, facilitated the project. Strider met with Mount Vernon art teachers as well as students and the community to develop designs for the mural.  Painting was completed in May 2017. 

Denise Murphy, MVAAC VP, stated that “many from the community supported the designs, painting and celebration of this fantastic event”.  She also stated that “hundreds of community children and families took part in hands on painting.”

Community murals have been shown to underscore economic development as well as enhance community spirit and cohesiveness.

The mural is located south of the Main Street shops in the public parking area.


Dale Beek’s performed at ribbon cutting ceremony

Ribbon cutting ceremony

Strider Patton and his mom during ribbon cutting ceremony

Strider Patton, Mural artist

2017 Lincoln Highway Arts Festival Applications Available

Artists the 2017 LHAF application is available. Sign up at the following location:

Sneak Peak of some of the phenomenal art:

Frances Luke Accord returns May 6

Frances Luke Accord will play the First Street Community Center Uptown Theatre, 221 1st St. NW, Mount Vernon, on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m.

The independent Chicago-based duo are originally from South Bend, Indiana. Both dedicated multi-instrumentalists and meticulous songwriters, Nicholas Gunty and Brian Powers distinguish their music with genre fluidity, buttery harmonies and acoustic ensembles.

Since forming during their senior year at the University of Notre Dame, Frances Luke Accord’s approach to music has marked a boundless evolution. In December of 2012 the duo released their first record, Kandote, a not-for-profit, intercultural collaboration with the Barefoot Truth Children’s Choir of Kkindu, Uganda — an endeavor that continues to support the primary education and musical aspirations of the choir. Bringing their world/folk sound to Chicago in the summer of 2013, the duo quickly garnered local and regional attention for their captivating live performances and stunning self-produced releases, including the Queen for Me EP (April 2014), Live @ Strobe (April 2015), and, most notably, their debut full-length album, Fluke (May 2016).

Tickets to the show are $15, and are available at Bauman’s.


MVAAC presents Mural Designs

The MVAAC is proud to present the mural designs for the wall south of Main street.  A ‘buzz’ is starting with the outline of the train taking shape and the anticipation of the children starting to paint tomorrow.  Go to for more information.  Participation of community members is appreciated.


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