Denise Brown hosted the Jackson Rotary Club program for Tuesday January 10th. Mrs. Brown invited Jennifer Hughes of the Southern Hills Arts Council to review some of the exciting events and activities scheduled for the Markay Cultural Arts Center in 2017. Jennifer Hughes is the Director of Operations for the Southern Hills Arts Council. A number of special events are planned for the Markay Cultural Arts Center this year including the return of classic movies and popcorn. The first classic movie will be presented on a new 24 foot movie screen on Saturday, February 11th.
Arts festivals, gallery events, children’s performances, tap dancing, tribute artists and bands, country, bluegrass, community choirs, comedians, classical guitar, and much more will be going on in Jackson thanks to the Southern Hills Arts Council. The works of both regional and local artist will be on display in the Markay’s gallery again this year. A total of 11 gallery shows have been scheduled for the Markay this year. In addition to new performers such as the Hotel California-Eagles Tribute Band, several very popular performers such as the Madcap Puppets and Elvis Tribute artist Dwight Icenhower will return to the stage of the Markay in 2017. Dwight Icenhower’s performance last year was the Markay first sold-out event, so you are encouraged to get your tickets early for Dwight Icenhower’s June 17th show.
The Southern Hills Arts Council was established as a non-profit organization in June of 1981. It accepted the challenge of bring the Markay a 1930’s Art Deco theater back to life in 1996 when Rotarian Tom Evans was Mayor of Jackson. The arts council entered into an agreement with the City of Jackson to lease the theater for one dollar a year. The Markay was transferred to the arts council with the charge to renovate, maintain, and operate the Markay. Council members set out to return the Art Deco theater building to good operating condition with an eye to renovation, not restoration and it was always the intent of the arts council to save as many of the original features as possible and work without accruing debt. The renovation process took over the 18 years and two million dollars to complete. The grand reopening of the Markay took place in August of 2015 and today the gallery and 280 seat theater servers our community.
Detailed program information is available by calling (740) 577-3811 or by checking the Markay’s website at www.markayjackson.org