McConnell Arts Center – Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who is Peggy R. McConnell?
A: The Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center (MAC) is named after Mr. John H. McConnell’s late wife, Peggy (Rardin) whom he married upon discharge from the Navy in the mid-1900’s. In 2007, Mr. McConnell made a generous $1.0 million contribution to promote the development of the MAC in honor of his art-loving wife. John H. McConnell is recognized as one of central Ohio’s most charitable citizens, investing $80 million to bring the Columbus Blue Jackets hockey team to Columbus in 2000 and donating more than $15 million to construct the McConnell Heart Hospital at Riverside Hospital. Mr. McConnell was a business leader, noted philanthropist and beloved community leader, he passed away on April 25, 2008 at the age of 84.
Q: What is the purpose of the MAC?
A: The MAC was established to enhance and secure the future of the arts and culture for the greater Worthington community through a partnership of the Worthington Arts Council, the City of Worthington, and the Worthington Schools. The MAC brings community members together through performances, exhibits, receptions, classes, community forums, social events, lectures, and dialogue; expand on arts and cultural opportunities already provided in the city; rejuvenate the culturally significant, historic Packard Annex, carrying its heritage as a community gathering place into the future; contribute to making Worthington a destination location and enhance its reputation as one of northern Franklin County’s leading suburbs; and offer a range and variety of arts experiences that are accessible to all members of the community.
Q: Who took the initiative to establish the MAC?
A: Following a three-year exploration by the board of the Worthington Arts Council (WAC), the City of Worthington, and the Worthington School District a partnership was formed in 1998 to determine the feasibility of establishing an arts center. At that time, a Core Planning Committee of nineteen members was formed, comprised of representatives from the Worthington City Council, Worthington Schools, area arts organizations, practicing artists, local businesses, the community-at-large, and the banking, architecture, design, and construction industries.
Q: Who led the capital campaign for opening the MAC?
A: The campaign was co-chaired by Dr. Nancy Goorey and Larry France. The committee worked in tandem with the Worthington Arts Council’s Board of Trustees. Dr. Goorey was recognized in 2006 as the Association of Fundraising Professionals Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year for her efforts on this project. The other members of the capital campaign committee were: John Bader (Attorney-at-Law), Michael Ball (Karlsberger), Martha Burton, Michelle Geissbuhler (Goathill Productions), Lou Goorey, M.D. (Worthington City Council), Elizabeth Jewell (Worthington Arts Council), Jerry Katz, James Lorrimer (City of Worthington), Harvey Minton (City of Worthington), Darnell Perkins (Lincoln Financial Advisors), Steve Potter (Potter Construction), Rosemary Pomeroy (Attorney-at-Law), Milton Schott (The Schott Foundation), and Marlene Wells (Campaign Administrator).
Q: Who are the current members of the MAC Board of Trustees?
A: Current members of the MAC Board of Trustees are: President, Parker MacDonell (Invergarry Partners), Vice President, Michael Ball (URS Corp.), Secretary, Michelle Geissbuhler (Goathill Productions), Treasurer, Paul Watkins (Community Volunteer), Immediate Past Chair, Cathy Lyttle (Worthington Industries), Martha Burton, (Community Volunteer), Lou Goorey, M.D. (Worthington City Council), Bob Horton, (The Ohio State University), Neil Mortine (Fahlgren Mortine), David Norstrom (Worthington City Council), Darnell Perkins (Lincoln Financial Advisors), Milton B. Schott, Jr. (PT International), Bradley Sowash (Musica Educator/Composer/Musician).
Q: When did the MAC officially open?
A: The official ribbon-cutting ceremony occurred on Sunday, November 8, 2009 at 2pm.
Q: What kind of programming happens at the MAC?
A: Four major program categories are offered at the MAC:
- Art Education – Children and adult classes/workshops areoffered on a fee basis to the community. These classes will range from beginner to advanced levels.
- Visual Arts – A formal exhibition program includes opportunities to show work from artists who have a local connection.
- Performing, Literary and Cinematic Arts – Presented throughout the facility, but in particular to the Bronwynn theatre.
- Outreach & Community Support – These programs will be designed to enhance the MAC’s relationship with the schools, local artists, arts organizations, and other civic groups.
Q: How is the MAC supported and sustained?
A: Earned revenue is generated from class registration fees and ticketed events at the MAC, along with facility rental and use. Through the generosity of the City of Worthington, State of Ohio, Foundations, Corporations and the hundreds of members and individual contributors, donations provide to support the prolific programs at the Center.
Q: Can I host an event at the MAC?
A: Yes, the MAC hosts many public, private, and community events. A facility reservation request sheet can be downloaded by clicking here.
Q: Is there an admission cost to visit the MAC?
A: No, there is no admission fee to visit the MAC. However, donations are always welcome and fees may apply for performances, special events and classes/workshops.
Q: What are the rates for renting at the MAC?
A: Please download the following pdf that will show all rates for spaces within the facility.