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1150 Canton Center Rd. S
Canton, MI 48188
Hours: 8:30am - 4:30pm


  • Anthony Davis, Chair
  • Robert Mosher, 1st Vice Chair
  • Susan Schwandt, Vice Chair
  • Sharon Dillenbeck, Immediate Past Chair
  • Elizabeth Carlson
  • Sue Dodson
  • Jill Engel
  • Cecilia Escobar
  • Darian Moore
  • Thomas Paden
  • Fanny Raina
  • Deana Salhaney
  • Herb Scott
  • ReGina Shamberger
  • Karen Siegel
  • Donald Soenen
  • Patrick Williams, Twp. Board Representative

Canton Arts

Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
2013 Student Art and Essay Contest

Deadline for Submissions: Friday, December 20, 2013 4 pm

All K-12 students in Plymouth, MI and Canton, MI are invited to participate in its upcoming 2014 Celebration of the Life and Legacy of Dr. King by entering a special art and essay contest.

One art winner and one essay winner will be selected in each age category: elementary, junior high and high school levels.

Cash prizes

  • High School winner: $100 scholarship
  • Middle School winner: $50 award
  • Elementary School winner: $25 award

Winners will be recognized during Canton Celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, January 20, 2014 at The Village
Theater at Cherry Hill

Click here to learn more


This contest is presented by the Canton
Commission, for Culture, Arts,
& Heritage.



2013 Canton LibertyFest Fun!

On Saturday, June 16, the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts, and Heritage hosted the International Festival - spotlighting local diversity through music and dance performances.

As part of the celebration, guests were encouraged to enter raffle contests. One challenged entrants to guess the number of mini-globes stuffed into a jar: Tania Arras, a Canton resident, correctly estimated 243 globes. The only person to do so, Ms. Arras won a $50 gift certificate, good at Mexican Fiesta's Canton and Dearborn locations; a Black and Decker Quesadilla Maker; and a gift basket full of taco night goodies.

Two additional gift baskets containing various items & gift certificates, donated by Cultural Commission members, were awarded to two lucky winners who were randomly selected from the remaining entrants.

This year's International stage presentation was a great success, featuring 327 performers representing twelve countries through a myriad of performances.

Choral acts featured Barbershop music, Chinese and Italian Opera, Classical Chinese, Classical Indian and songs from the Polynesian/Hawaiian Islands. Instrumentals were represented by Sitar with Tabla, Piano, and Ukuleles. Dance was well represented in the various forms: Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical Ballet, Tap, Chinese, Indian, Steppers, and Traditional Irish Dance.

All of the cultural representatives came together when the Canton Multicultural Committee lead the crowd in "America the Beautiful".

Honoring and Preserving our rich history

Canton has a rich history that we are committed to preserving and are privileged to honor. In Canton, we look to where we came from to help shape the community we know today, and to guide our growing community into the future.

Leisure Services is proud to partner with the Canton Historical Society, as we continue to incorporate their commitment to preserve our heritage in to our programs and services.

The Historical Society hosts many of Canton's favorite locations, including their Museum located on Canton Center Road, as well as the Bartlett-Travis House and The Cherry Hill School.

The museum is open March through December on Tuesdays 1pm - 4pm,
Thursdays 6-8pm, and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

For more information or to join the Canton Historical Society please visit their website or call 734/397-0088.

Culture and Heritage
The arts are alive in Canton!

The Village Theater in Cherry Hill features arts for everyone to enjoy.

This cultural arts center encourages audience development for the arts through innovative partnerships among community and regional organizations. Nestled in the heart of Cherry Hill Village the theater is adjacent to the historic Cherry Hill School which is available for rent along with the renovated Bartlett-Travis home.

Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage

The Commission for Culture, Arts, and Heritage serves as advocates in promoting public awareness of culture, arts and heritage in the greater Canton community.

This Commissions members are a very dedicated group of volunteers who are striving to encourage high quality programs for the culture, arts and heritage that are accessible to all. Programs include, but are not limited to, visual arts, drama, music, dance, historical heritage, and humanities.

Through the implementation of its Strategic Plan, adopted in 2004, this commission has established numerous active sub-committees to sponsor various community projects, which embrace all aspects of culture, arts and heritage.

Canton has a rich history that we are careful to preserve and obligated to honor. In Canton, we look to where we came from to help shape the community we know today, and to guide our growing community into the future.

Embracing Our Multi-Cultural Community
Councils and Sub-Committees

Art Exhibition Committee

This group is responsible for identifying public art exhibitions from local, regional and national artists and making recommendations on scheduling the exhibits. They have developed a calendar for exhibitions through 2006 selecting artists, establishing guidelines for exhibitions and will make recommendations for future exhibits at The Village Theater.

Artists Advisory Council is comprised of representatives of the Village Theater resident art groups and visual and performing arts, this council provides input to the Commission on creating an environment that is supportive of artists and arts organizations. The council makes recommendations for programs, practices and ideas that will promote the arts in Canton.

This committee has used their time together to form partnerships that will enhance arts in the community and cross marketing. They have worked diligently to build the Village Theater calendar through 2008.

Asian Pacific Program


Canton offers a program for our new Americans that provides English classes and social get-togethers. The Asian Pacific program is sponsored by the Association of Chinese Americans. Please contact the Senior Adult Program at 734/394-5485 for more information.

MLK Day Sub-Committee

MLK Observance events ran from January through the month of February. The January show included a photo exhibit, speech, chorus presentation, and a Rosa Parks video. The photo exhibit held public viewings throughout February and was visited by over 8,000 people. Over 900 students from various schools participated in their school field trips to view the photo exhibit and enjoy the diversity activities.

Multi-Cultural Committee

This newly established committee's vision is "Building relationships with our neighbors through the arts." A future production/event is being planned at The Village Theater to bring together all the theater art organizations to produce a multi-cultural show.

Partnership for the Arts and Humanities

The Partnership for the Arts and Humanities is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) cultural arts organization established to serve as the funding arm of the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage.

The Partnership provides support to local artists, arts organizations and cultural activities through a grant making process. Additionally, the Partnership helped fund the construction of the Village Theater and will continue its fundraising efforts to support not only programming, but an endowment.

By contributing to the Partnership, you are supporting its mission and that of the Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage to ensure high quality cultural arts that are accessible to and sustained by the greater Canton community.

For more information, please visit their website, or to make a donation, please call Director of Development, Jill Engel at 734/765-7061 or

Quilters at Cherry Hill

Join a group of fun quilters in Canton. You can piece and quilt by hand or machine - the fun is being together and sharing skills.

The “Quilters at Cherry Hill” is a casual group of all skill levels that meets weekly on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Village Theater at Cherry Hill.

Arrive and leave at your convenience and come as often as fits into your schedule. Coffee/tea is provided, you bring a snack lunch. Non-quilting needle artists are invited to sit and stitch.

Diane Cuper is the volunteer organizer and can be reached at 734/340-4807 to answer questions. Be sure to call Diane before your first visit!

No online registration. Ages: 16 years and up. Fee: $20. The Quilters at Cherry Hill meet all year long.

Coming Up in Canton
BLOCK Teen Center: Spring Break

BLOCK Teen Center: Spring Break

Board of Trustees Board Meeting

BLOCK Teen Center: Spring Break

Canton Senior Center: Senior Pocket Billiards Tournament

BLOCK Teen Center: Spring Break

BLOCK Teen Center: Spring Break

Christmas in Action

Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Canton Senior Center: Mott's Hospital Shower for the Children and Babies

More Community Events ....

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