In the Summer of 2006, several artists who had lived for many years in the Mount Horeb Area, gathered to discuss the prospects for creating a Tour event. With great interest among so many talented artists a new arts organization, the Mount Horeb Area Arts Association, was formed and incorporated in February of 2007. The Spring Art Tour is the main activity of this organization whose artist members live/show artwork within a radius of about 20 miles of the Mount Horeb area. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is a boundary which has been extended to include artists in Sauk City/Prairie du Sac, Ridgeway, New Glarus, Blanchardville, Belleville, West Middleton, Paoli, and areas in between - as well as the original areas of Verona, Cross Plains, Black Earth, Blue Mounds, and Mazomanie.
By word of mouth the list of interested artists grew and The Spring Art Tour, an annual open studios event, was created and launched in June of 2007. This event showcases the excellent artists and the beautiful area of western Dane County. The innaugural launching of the Tour was a huge success and enthusiasm for the event continues to grow.
The specific purpose of this Organization is to receive, acquire, hold, manage, administer and expend property and funds for charitable and public purposes. This includes, but is not limited to, providing continuing education Art Scholarships for graduating senior students in the area of the MHAAA sponsored annual Spring Art Tour. All projects are focused on enhancing public awareness of and participation in the arts in the greater Mount Horeb Area (which includes a 20 mile radius around Mount Horeb).