The mission of the MACC is to provide and facilitate opportunities to explore arts, culture, civic and educational activities that foster personal growth and benefit the community.
The Mountain Arts Community Center (MACC) is located in the historic building that once served as Signal Mountain’s first grammar school. The Signal Mountain Grammar School building, constructed in 1926, features a beautiful exterior comprised of mountain stone.
In May 1999, with the completion of a new school, Nolan Elementary, the Signal Mountain Grammar School was closed. It was then that a small group of dedicated citizens banded together to research, plan and raise funds to transform the old school building into a full-time art center for the Town. In 1999, the Mountain Arts Community Center opened its doors. In 2001 the MACC building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Today, the MACC offers classes in dance, music, theater arts, fine arts, pottery, sculpture, weaving, Yoga, Tai Chi and more. The halls hum with activity and are filled with friends and neighbors’ enjoying all the MACC has to offer.
A brochure listing class offerings is published in March for Summer Camps, July for Fall Semester and December for Winter and Spring Semester. Signal Mountain residents are automatically members of the MACC and are entitled to reduced tuition fees. Everyone else can become a member for a $30 annual fee, which entitles individuals and families to receive discounted rates on classes. To enroll in a class, fill out a Registration Form online or stop in to the MACC. For questions or more information about classes, scheduling, on-going programs and special events, contact the MACC at (423) 886-1959 or go to signalmacc.org. Also, like us on Facebook.
The MACC also functions as a multi-purpose facility that provides a home for clubs, organizations, civic gatherings and special presentations. The Signal Mountain Lion’s Club, the Garden Club of Signal Mountain and the Southeast Iris Society all meet at the MACC. Its 250 seat, fully equipped auditorium is the winter home of the Signal Mountain Playhouse.
During the year, the MACC offers a variety of special events. The MACC offers an eclectic concert series featuring a variety of artists. The art center also hosts art exhibits and sales, as well as offering other events for fun and entertainment. In the summer, the MACC oversees various “Summer Fun Camps” for kids.
Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 9:00 - 8:00; Friday, 9:00 - 6:00. Closed Saturday and Sunday except for special events. Holiday hours may vary slightly.
Individuals or groups can also rent space at the MACC to host weddings, receptions, anniversary or birthday parties, and meetings. A full kitchen is available for catered events, and by special permit (available at the Town Hall), alcohol can be served. For more information contact the MACC at (423) 886-1959 or the Town Hall at (423) 886-2717. Spaces available for rent are as follows:
*Individual meeting rooms (size 20 x 30)
*An auditorium with 250 seats, theatrical lighting, movie screen and a sound system
*A catering kitchen
Follow Hwy 127 up the mountain. Once inside the Town limits, take your first left onto Signal Mountain Blvd (just before the red light). The road will curve to the right (and change names to Maryland Ave). At the next intersection, turn right onto Kentucky Avenue. MACC is the first building on the left.
1114 James Boulevard
(423) 423-886-READ (7323) or FAX: (423) 886-3735
“The mission of the Town of Signal Mountain Library is to provide the community with a core collection of recreational, educational, and informational library materials and technology resources; to assure ease of access to materials; and to provide programs that stimulate awareness and use of library resources.”
In 1926, the Signal Mountain Library began as a volunteer library located in the Signal Mountain Grammar School, now the MACC. In 1954, the Library moved to the old Signal Mountain Post Office at the corner of James and Signal Mountain Boulevards until 1970 when it moved to its current location. The present Library building, constructed in 1987, was paid for by donations from mountaintop residents.
The Library operates as a department of the Town of Signal Mountain under the direction of the Librarian and her staff and receives no annual subsidy from the State of Tennessee or any other local governments. It is completely funded by Town residents through property taxes and donations.
The Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization, helps generate financial support above the annual budget provided by the Town for the Library’s operation. The Friends host an annual book sale; sell used books at the Book Nook on the lower level of the Library; and accept memorial donations and other contributions from individuals or groups wishing to support the Library’s collection and its programs.
The Mountain Library Foundation, which operates under the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga, encourages and receives large donations that are held for investment to finance capital projects and major new initiatives to achieve its mission to bring the Library to a level of excellence not possible with current town funding and to establish the Library as an outstanding community resource.
Town residents (including children in the 3rd grade and up) may obtain a free library card that allows them to check out materials and use the computers. Non-residents must pay a yearly fee of $70 per family to enjoy the same privileges.
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Corner of James Boulevard and Rolling Way
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The Signal Mountain Playhouse was established in 1972 to provide the youth in the community with a summer activity. Now the July production is a full-scale musical involving adults, teenagers and children ages 7 and up. Performances take place in a natural outdoor amphitheater behind the Town Complex at the corner of James Boulevard and Rolling Way. Over the years, seating, a band shell, lighting, sound equipment and storage buildings have been added to support the productions. Summer presentations have included plays such as “Oklahoma”, “South Pacific”, “Annie Get Your Gun”, “Peter Pan”, “The Wizard of Oz”, and “Oliver”.
In 1980, the playhouse elected to present a winter production as well. This performance takes place in February in the auditorium of the Mountain Arts Community Center. This production has an adult cast and is oriented for adult audiences. Winter presentations have included “Sweet and Hot! The Songs of Harold Arlen”, “Don’t Dress for Dinner”, “The Odd Couple”, “Harvey”, and “Daddy’s Dyin’, Who’s Got the Will?”
Signal Mountain Playhouse Presents "Greater Tuna"
Running February 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, the very popular comedy "Greater Tuna" will delight audiences from Signal Mountain and our area with its satiric glimpse at some well known Southern characters. Tuna is actually Tuna, Texas the "third smallest town in the state." The Playhouse is proud to have Michelle Ford directing this time around as she brings 20 years of experience in live theater, film, TV, and radio with her. The actors are Mark Oglesby and Dennis Parker, both veteran performers well up to the job of playing all 19 parts in the show! in addition to the fun of the show, some great local musicians are lined up for each evening's performance to play prior to curtain at 8 p.m. Amoung these are Jeff and Marcy Paulson, Paul Hendricks and his group, Spatial Effects with Tom Brown, Sharon Dunn and her group, and the Crest Band. "Greater Tuna" will be presented at the Crest Center of Signal Crest United Methodist Church, 1005 Ridgeway Avenue. The Crest Center is in the back of the church complex, on the right hand side as you face the church. The box office opens at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $15 and can be bought at the door or in advance from the MACC, 809 Kentucky Avenue, 886-1959. Included in the ticket price is dessert and coffee prior to curtain, with dessert service beginning at 6:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.smph.org or call Anne Rittenberry at (423) 886-5243.