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


Commission For Culture, Arts & Heritage


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

Canton Arts

International Festival Highlights

On Saturday, June 14, the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage hosted the International Festival - spotlighting the arts, music, dance and traditions of our diverse community's various cultures. This year's International stage presentation at Heritage Park Amphitheater was a great success, featuring 300+ performers representing twelve countries.

Choral acts featured Chinese and Italian Opera, Classical Chinese, Classical Indian and songs from the Polynesian/Hawaiian islands. Instruments played included Sitar with Tabla, Piano, and Ukuleles. Audiences enjoyed dance performances in various forms of Hip Hop, Jazz, Lyrical Ballet, Tap, Chinese, Indian, Steppers and Albanian Folk Dance.

This fun global celebration also included cultural exhibits on display featuring worldly and exotic items for sale creating a festive international atmosphere.

It was quite exciting to introduce the Michigan Shakespeare Festival, which will be coming to the Canton Village Theater in 2015! For more additional information about the Michigan Shakespeare Festival's collaboration with The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, please visit or call 734/394-5300.


2014 Liberty Fest Raffle Winner!

As part of Canton's International Festival celebration at this year's Liberty Fest, guests were invited to enter a drawing by guessing the correct number of 'Flags of the World' bouncing balls stuffed into a jar. Six entrants correctly submitted the right amount - 96 bouncing balls!

The gift basket was awarded to lucky winner Pam Priess, whose name was drawn from the six correct entries. Pam's gift basket contained $200+ value of area restaurant/business gift certificates along with t-shirts, water bottles, sunglasses, golf balls, tote bag & lots of other goodies.

Thank You to all who participated and continue to support Canton's art & cultural history!

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
Farmers Market

Health Series- Sexuality as we age

Olympic Feedback

Merit Commission Meeting - Canceled

Planning Commission Meeting

Board of Trustees Board Meeting

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