Mackay has an active and vibrant arts community and offers many initiatives for people to become involved. 

Initiatives include:

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens also has regular events and activities that often have an arts and cultural focus. 

Information regarding arts and cultural activities is available from the quarterly publication of the Creative Mackay e-bulletin. Submission of events to be included in the calendar is encouraged with listings free of charge. 

Council also supports the arts through a variety of grants and sponsorship opportunities such as the Regional Arts Development Fund.

Arts and culture are vital to the Mackay region's liveability and cultural expression and is an important part of the community. Mackay Regional Council is pleased to implement the 2011-2015 Cultural Plan, as it will help to provide a strong and vibrant direction for the community in regards to supporting cultural and artistic development.