Mount Vernon, Ohio Unveils 2023 Arts Season

MOUNT VERNON, Ohio (April 4, 2023) – A collective of arts organizations in Mount Vernon,
OH announced today the lineup for the Mount Vernon Presents 2023 Arts Season. Acts for the
year include an intimate performance with American country and bluegrass performer Marty
Stuart, an American classic stage show, tribute artists, country music singer- songwriter Pam
Tillis, holiday celebrations, and a three-day family-friendly music and arts festival with a headline
concert by famous 1980s rock band Starship featuring Mickey Thomas.
“All of the partners have been working very hard behind the scenes on our combined season,
and we’re thrilled to share the news with the public,” said Martin Booker, executive director of
the Mount Vernon Arts Consortium. “Each organization is dedicated to providing high-caliber
talent for our region, and demonstrating to people that Mount Vernon is a true entertainment
destination.”
Several arts partners hold long-standing roots in the area, including one organization for more
than 100 years. The Community Concert Association of Knox County is a membershipbased organization that hosts six shows annually featuring regional and national musicians of a
variety of genres, and has done so since 1919. Another is MTVarts, an all-volunteer, non-profit
community theater company with proven success in providing quality, affordable entertainment
to the community for nearly 20 years. Finally, the Mount Vernon Music and Arts Festival is in
its fourth decade of presenting a celebration of the arts and creating a long-lasting cultural
impact by uniting artists and audiences within the historic backdrop of Mount Vernon, Ohio.
Mount Vernon Arts Consortium, established in 2020, supports arts and entertainment efforts
in the county alongside key community partners to strengthen the local economy, cultivate
meaningful arts relationships, and assist with amplification of three key historic venues. The first
venue is the Knox Memorial Theater, is a central point in the community that is oversee by
Knox County Memorial Building, Inc., which strives to enhance the presentation of live theatrical
performances and create recreational and educational opportunities. Second, Ariel-Foundation
Park is an outdoor adaptive reuse facility maintained by Foundation Park Conservancy. Finally,
the Woodward Opera House is America’s oldest authentic 19th-century theater and is still
standing thanks to a vital restoration completed by the Woodward Development Corporation in
2019, and is under the care of the Woodward Opera House Conservancy.
The Mount Vernon Presents 2023 Season partnerships serve to elevate customer and visitor
experiences and to amplify exclusive arts and cultural opportunities in Mount Vernon, Ohio, an
easily accessible hometown in the midst of a lively revitalization with a history that runs
centuries deep. The area has outdoor recreation, many family-centric activities, and a vibrant
food scene. Visitors can also take advantage of a variety of lodging options that range from
boutique inns to contemporary hotels, offering the chance to turn any day trip to the region into
a weekend getaway. The season is offered in collaboration with tourism partners Experience
Mount Vernon and the Knox County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
“Through these partnerships and performances, we hope to enhance our already thriving
entertainment scene for the benefit of our community, collaborators, and audiences both in and
outside of our county. This, paired with our historic and intimate venues, really positions us to be
a leader in Ohio’s arts scene,” said Olivia Toth, marketing manager of the Knox County
Convention and Visitor Bureau.
For more information about this season’s upcoming shows and to buy tickets for events, visit
mvac.org/2023.

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