In 1978, after perceiving a tremendous need for a performing arts series in the Emporia-Greensville area, a group of concerned citizens formed the Meherrin River Arts Council (MRAC). The MRAC–named after an historical river that runs right through the heart of the City of Emporia and Greensville County–took on the unusual task of bringing national-quality arts entertainment to a small-town setting.
The group’s goals have been two-fold: create a series that showcases a variety of entertainment styles and genres while keeping tickets affordable to all segments of the population. In fulfilling this mission, an annual concert series of four performances began in 1979. Over the past thirty-eight seasons, the MRAC has produced over 150 performances. Audiences have enjoyed everything from the opera and ballet to plays and symphonic concerts. National and international stars have brought the sounds of jazz, country, contemporary and popular music to the region.
Who We Are
OUR ALL VOLUNTEER BOARD
Officers Wilson Clary, President Steve Bloom, 1st VP Meredith Thomas, 3rd VP Jean Cobb, Treasurer Barbara Moore, Secretary
Directors Diana Blick Earl Blick Whitney Bloom Steve Browder Tom Burch Jo Fannin Peggy Martin Scott Martin Mark Novey Kendall Nunnally Linwood Pope Brenda Pultz Katie Richardson Betsy Robinson Missi Sadler Tom Slippy Allen Thomas Robin Whitman Gene Wiley