The Mission of the Arts and Music Guild is to offer exhibition, training, and performance opportunities for its members and guests, bringing the creative process before the public in meaningful ways.
The Arts and Music Guild is a non-profit organization begun in 2010 by a group of artsy friends interested in a fresh approach to fostering the art community in McKinney, Texas. Guild membership involves service to the community in several ways, including hosting collaborative arts events, mentoring young people in the arts, and the development of a public arts collection.
Membership in the Guild
Guild members join with the understanding that they will serve the community and the youth members as artist-mentors. Adult members: Annual dues of $25.00 and 5 hours of volunteer service. Guild Apprentices (under 18): Annual dues of $5.00 (their own money, please) and 10 hours of volunteer service.
There are no monthly meetings. Communication and feedback is through an efficient email system and an ever-developing website that gives members and apprentices an opportunity to design their own webpage. For more information about membership, please click here.
Guild members focus their energies on three annual events: an art competition, a music camp, and a fall event that brings artists, musicians, and poets together. All three events are opportunities for Guild Apprentices to become involved in the creation of arts events for the community, building the next generation of “givers.”
Music in Motion: An Artful Journey of Sight and Sound
This unique music and art festival brings an eclectic mix of musicians and artists performing live at Chestnut Square Historic Village in McKinney, Texas. Music includes jazz, blues, bluegrass and contemporary performances.
Festival guests will also enjoy meeting visual artists in the Guild who will be on site exhibiting their works, and providing demonstrations of their respective art forms. This year the festival is on October 5, 2013, from 2 p.m. to10 p.m. For additional information and a list of performers please click here.
Summer Music Intensives
Each summer, the Guild hosts this outstanding program designed to bring young musicians of intermediate to advanced level in their instruments, together with accomplished performer/teachers, to work side by side, creating music of several genres in small ensembles. For more information about this program, please click here.
Unique by Nature Juried Art Competition and Show
This juried art competition is coordinated by the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC) and the Arts and Music Guild. Substantial Purchase Prizes are awarded to outstanding works of art that then become part of the permanent art collection at MPAC. For additional information please click here.
Guild Apprentices at Work
Chester of Chestnut Square is a children's book produced by Guild Board Member L.C. Tobey, who had some major help from Guild apprentices Logan Larsen, Carissa Pelouch, Stevie Glew, and Madison Doak. Purchasing the book helps both the Arts and Music Guild and Chestnut Square Historic Village. Click the picture to the right for purchase information, or contact L.C. Tobey at www.dreamartglass.com. A sequel is in the works already!