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The mission of the Mountain View Arts Alliance is to serve as a support group for fund-raising, programming and facility input to the staff of the art place - mt. view; to assist Cobb County in making our community a more desirable place to live by promoting and offering multi-disciplinary arts opportunities for the general public; and to promote and nurture arts and cultural endeavors in the East Cobb Community.


The Mountain View Arts Alliance (MVAA), was created in 1993 to assist with offering programs to the community in the East Cobb area of Cobb County.

The home of the MVAA is the art place - mt. view, a county-operated arts facility located in East Cobb.  Volunteers assisting with programs at The Art Place created the MVAA as a non-profit support organization for the arts center and the surrounding area of East Cobb.  As a non-profit organization, the MVAA could create its own programs, assist with TAP programs, lend assistance with capital projects needed for the center and offer support for new projects.

Letter from the President

Mountain View Arts Alliance was established in 1993 as a volunteer support group for the arts in Cobb County.  Membership in MVAA is open to anyone who is interested in supporting the arts in East Cobb.  The MVAA board is the governing body of the arts alliance and consists of up to 15 volunteer members who have agreed to donate their time and talents in support of the arts at the art place - mt. view.  Members of the board direct the activities of MVAA, plan programs for the upcoming year, volunteer at events, approve expenditures, and function in other ways as requested by the coordinator of the art place - mt. view.  We welcome your input through comment cards, by speaking to a board member and by attending meetings or joining our group.

We appreciate your invaluable support for our activities here at the art place - mt. view and welcome your suggestions for new programs.  Together we can make this a great place for arts education, entertainment, enjoyment and enlightening experiences.

Steve McConnell

President, MVAA

MVAA Special Events

Dinner Theatre Series

  During February and October, over one weekend, a gourmet meal with wine, appetizers and a play, OR dessert, coffee and a play are presented.  In March we will produce a show where the audience will bring their own food for a reduced price and enjoy a production with their meal.  These weekends are the biggest producers for The MVAA, funding much of the activities fro the rest of the year.

**Vegetarian option available upon request.  Please call (770) 509-2700 for a vegetarian meal.**

College Juried Exhibit

This event, held in the Spring, is co-sponsored by The MVAA and offers college art students in all visual media the opportunity to enter art work for judging and monetary awards.  During this event students also offer artwork for sale.  The MVAA supports this event by compensating the judges, providing the monetary awards and providing refreshments for the gallery opening.  

Summer Outdoor Concert Series

  At the request of the local community, The MVAA offers free outdoor concerts at The Art Place Ampitheatre.  The series includes performances by regional artists and a musical performed by area high school students and rising college freshmen. Tables are rented that seat 8 for $25. Concerts begin in mid May and end in September.

St. Nick's Cafe

Held annually the first weekend in December, this event features a light breakfast or lunch and a holiday performance with stores, singing and dancing.  The event concludes with a visit from Santa and presentation of a small memento for each child.  

The Empty Bowl Brunch

This event, held the second weekend in December, features unique hand-thrown bowls made by TAP pottery teachers, students and staff, and donated to The MVAA.  Patrons select bowls for gifts or personal use, and enjoy a lunch of soup or chili.  Proceeds from this event are donated to local charities. Over the last ten years, MVAA has donated over $20,000 to local charities.

Arts Scholarship

The MVAA offers a scholarship annually to students of visual or performing arts in an accredited institution of higher learning.  A copy of the scholarship criteria and application process may be obtained from any MVAA board member.  In addition scholarship has been established by the board of The MVAA in memory of Jefferey Armstrong Patterson, a photographic arts student at The Art Institute of Atlanta.  Donations for either scholarship in any amount are welcomed.

Other Activities

The MVAA sponsors Aspiring Artists class and show for elementary-aged children, Theatre Camps for children, Visual Arts Camp for high school students; and provides workshops, stipends, and funds for needed expenditures at the art place - mt. view.  Please consider volunteering with us to make our center a better place to enjoy the arts.

Mountain View Arts Alliance Board

 President    Steve McConnell - Actor; Songwriter; Human Resources, Publix

 Vice President
  Chris Cerny  - Independent Contractor, Set Design and Construction
 Treasurer    Jeffrey Bigger - Actor/Director; Sign Language Interpreter/Student
Secretary    Wynn McCurdy - Former Dance Instructor/Studio Owner; Real Estate Agent, Volunteer Coordinator for MVAA
 Members     Beth Anderson: Drama Instructor, Actress, Asst. Director Brookside Academy
    Dave Patterson: Medical Services, Patron and Supporter of the Arts
   Members at Large in Charge of EBB: Renee Speenburgh & Bill Ensign

Become an MVAA Volunteer: contact:

  • Work as a director, actor or backstage crew for a play
  • Help with table setup and clean up
  • Serve food and beverages at dinner theatre, dessert theare, gallery openings, St. Nick's Cafe, Empty Bowl Brunch and Summer Outdoor Concerts
  • Usher, man the box office or greet patrons
  • Use your artistic talents by making pottery bowls, Christmas ornaments or painting sets in the theatre

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