In a large factory compound situated on a hilltop overlooking the Mediterranean sea and the picturesque Adonis Valley, colored wax crayons, white and colored chalk sticks and school boards in all sizes for children and schools were produced. In an adjacent factory, multi-layered craft paper bags for cement and hydrated lime were manufactured. These two factories were refurbished and transformed into a dynamic museum. This outstanding achievement was realized by a non-profit society, which was founded in December 2012 for the sole purpose of establishing a museum, MACAM (Modern and Contemporary Art Museum), the first of its kind in Lebanon.
The society received as a donation these two factories with an area of four thousand square meters and ceilings that reach more than seven meters high. The area of the land amounts to ten thousand square meters in Alita, in the Caza of Jbeil, seven kilometers up the mountain on the road to Qartaba from Nahr Ibrahim. The society also received a library collection of more than one thousand books and catalogues about art in Lebanon. This library is the RectoVerso library in Monot Street in Beirut, well known as a reference library by artists and art lovers.*
* Text and pictures from MACAM’s website