The aim of art is to represent not
the outward appearance of things,
but their inward significance - Aristotle
Mountain Home Arts Council

Mountain Home Arts Council, INC.

"Our performance season is made possible by a generous community of funders who support our efforts to promote & present varied artistic and cultural events. Please join us in thanking them for their support of the arts and their commitment to arts education."


The Mountain Home Arts Council

MHAC was started as a performing arts series in 1977, and has progressed to an arts council so as to include all of the arts: visual, literary and performing. The Arts Council has been involved in the Mountain Home community for thirty-two years.

Some of the programs and services provided by Mountain Home Arts Council include scholarships for local students, acting as a coordinator between community groups and artists, and presenting a series of events that bring professional performers into the community that would not otherwise be available to this area. Mountain Home Arts Council is managed by nine elected officers; one part-time salaried executive director, and over twenty volunteers whom represent the community. "The Hub of Elmore County," Mountain Home is the largest of 5 small farming and ranching towns and a U.S. Air Force Base in a radius of 45 miles. Mountain Home and the immediate area have a population of about 16,000. An additional 5,000 live at the neighboring Mountain Home Air Force Base. The Air Force base is the primary economic factor followed by farms, ranches and family businesses. Over 75% of land in Elmore County is State or Federal property leaving less than 25% taxable for local needs. This is a unique situation to Mountain Home's economy. Providing groups with true artistic merit to the community is rewarding in that it would not be provided by any other source if it were not for the local arts council.

The Necessity Of Art

If there is one thing that Mountain Home cannot afford, it is the shortsighted view that the arts are not important to the well being of its citizens. Art not only broadens the human experience, it humanizes our environment and deepens our understanding of the world around us. It is through the personal experience of art, in its many forms, that each and every one of us can express our own perception of things in creative and meaningful terms, making it possible to achieve a common ground among people of different cultural backgrounds. Keeping the arts an integral part of our environment is more important today than in any part of our history. Without creativity, we cannot combat the brutalizing and desensitizing effects of crime and violence that is rampant in our society. Creativity is both the hope and the dream, and therefore the promise of a better tomorrow.

It is time that we, as a society, re-evaluate the importance of the arts. We need to foster a sense of beauty and creative vitality that will truly reflect the full potential of a society that understands the significance of the arts in our lives. Without creativity today, the future will be devoid of the civilizing influence of the arts. Our children will inherit a world more brutal, more insensitive, less human, less compassionate, and less able to respond to all that is beautiful and good. Our society will be no better or worse than the value we place on the arts.

We, the citizens of Mountain Home, must come to our senses and do what we can to keep beauty and creativity alive and well in our city and in the hearts and minds of ourselves and future generations.

Arts Council Voice of Joy Radzik