This special week, presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage, will begin on Sunday, May 1 and run through Sunday, May 8, 2016 at various community locations.
Some of the many goals of Canton's Acts of Culture Week include: showcasing community cultural resources and partnerships; celebrating diverse culture offerings; raising awareness of arts accessibility; instilling an appreciation of local arts organizations; and promoting the arts and heritage in and around the Canton community.
In celebration of the arts, a variety of events will be held, some of which include:
• The Michigan Opera Theatre’s “How Nanita Learned To Make Flan” will be performed on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m. at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill. Presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage in partnership with the Village Theater and Michigan Opera Theatre Community Programs Touring Ensemble. This delightful 45-minute opera for children will be sung in English (with some Spanish) by Michigan Opera Theatre Community Programs touring ensemble. Join a little girl on a fairy tale journey filled with discovery, danger and delicious flan! Nanita’s papa, a shoemaker, works so hard he doesn’t have time to make his daughter shoes. Nanita’s First Communion is coming up, so Nanita decides to make the shoes for herself, but somehow her odd little creations turn out to be enchanted, and they sleepwalk her far away. When she awakens, she is lost. How this feisty heroine finds her way back home is sure to delight all, as will the recipe for magical flan. Flan, made by Los Amigos Restaurant, will be sold following the performance: $3 ea. or 2 for $5. Tickets: $6 available on-line at www.cantonvillagetheater.org or by calling 734/394-5300.
• The 6th Annual Ladies Dillenbeck Art Exhibition Reception at D & M Art Studio, located at 8691 N. Lilley Road, on Sunday, May 1, from 2 to 4 p.m. Hosted by D & M Art Studio, this exhibition and sale of select original artwork features pieces that were created by some of the finest local women artists. Art will include drawings, paintings, and photography by artists, including: Sharon Lee Dillenbeck, her daughters Erin & Kristin, her sister Donna Knight plus Marilyn Meredith, Vivian Hewitt, Elizabeth Gullikson, Deana Salhaney, Kyla Suchy, Kay Masini and more. This exhibition is free and will run through May 31. For more information, visit www.dmartstudio.com.
• "Acts of Fashion - Fashion Show" on Saturday, May 7 at 7 p.m. at The Village Theater at Cherry Hill, located at 50400 Cherry Hill Road, Canton, MI 48187. Doors open at 6 p.m. This charity runway fashion show and shopping experience will present an exquisite spring/summer lineup of high end fashion wear and accessories from the hottest new, local and upcoming designers. Enjoy a shopping experience of fashion pieces and witness the latest trends from nationally known brands, Carson's, Rue 21, & Al Wissam among others. Special performances by Kelsey Rose, Central City Dance, The Detroit Tap Repertoire and others. Tickets are $15 per person and are available at www.cantonvillagetheater.org. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the WWII Veterans Dormitory via the Partnership for the Arts and Humanities. For more information, visit www.actsoffashion.com.
A complete calendar of the 6th annual Canton Acts of Culture Week events is available at www.cantonfun.org. For more information on this Canton Community celebration, please call 734/394-5360.