Arts & Culture
Berkeley Springs—an arty town with a rich history!
Arts and culture are a main feature in the daily life of Berkeley Springs from public art and annual studio tours to a downtown historic district and vibrant nightlife.
Berkeley Springs Art Town & MAC
Berkeley Springs, art town began to flourish in 1977 when the Morgan Arts Council (MAC) was established. Today, the award-winning arts council makes its home in the Ice House, a former 40,000 square foot apple cold storage building currently being renovated into a community art center.
MAC programs range from free summer concerts in Berkeley Springs State Park every Saturday afternoon in July and August to an active Ice House Theater Project and changing exhibit gallery with meet-the-artists show openings. There are Ice House concerts, art classes, cultural lectures and an artists’ cooperative selling visual products. MAC has even published three volumes of local short stories.
All this activity, and the extensive community of working artists linked with MAC, has earned Berkeley Springs state, regional and national recognition. It is West Virginia’s first certified arts community, is listed among the 100 best small art towns in all four volumes of the book by that name, and reliably places among the top 10 art destinations among small cities and towns in America.
To know what’s happening in the art scene, sign up for email Art Alerts, check the arts calendar at www.macicehouse.org or call 304-258-2300.