The Madison County Arts Council presents classes for kids and adults on a revolving basis. Our longest-running programs are First Stage Youth Theatre, Junior Appalachian Musicians, and our ballet classes. There are tuition assistance programs available for all of the kids programs offered by the MCAC.

For Fall 2020 online JAM Classes click HERE


In light of recent closures and health concerns surrounding Covid 19 in Madison County, we have decided to cancel FSYT for 2020. FYST offers free or low cost after school and summer theater and drama programs for kids. Participants have the opportunity to perform in productions and create their own scripts.  The FSYT mission is to provide the highest quality drama instruction with a vision of nurturing and developing in our youth an appreciation for the arts while developing life skills such as creative thinking, discipline, cooperation; and to make certain that this experience is available to those children who would not otherwise have these opportunities. We have three locations for FSYT Summer Camps – Mars Hill, Marshall, & Spring Creek. For more information about FSYT classes and camps, call us at (828)649-1301

Many thanks to the Glass Foundation for their gnerous support of First Stage Youth Theatre!

Dates for the camps are on our events page. 


madisoncountyjam      JAM is a regional after school program started in 2000 to offer musical instrument instruction to kids on Thursday afternoons during the school year. The MCAC is proud to offer this program to our community.  The classes include dance and instrument instruction, based around passing on the traditional music of the county and region to the next generation of pickers. The mission of JAM is that all children throughout the Appalachian Mountains have access to the joy of participation in the music of their heritage. The Madison County JAM program is proud to receive help from the D’Addario Foundation. We also run a JAM SUMMER CAMP one week summer.

Here is a great video about traditional arts programs in North Carolina:

It's Beyond an Art Form, It's A Tradition: The Story of North Carolina's Traditional Arts Programs for Students

Durham filmmaker Rodrigo Dorfman explores after-school programs in the North Carolina Arts Council’s TAPS (Traditional Arts Programs for Students) network. With their own local tradition-bearers as teachers and mentors, TAPS students discover a deeper love and understanding of themselves, their communities, and their history through the traditional arts.

Posted by North Carolina Arts Council on Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The latest JAM information can be found by calling the office at (828)649-1301


Thanks to the D’Addario Foundation for their support of Madison County JAM students!