12 months of free art programming announced by the Anton Art Center

Art lovers rejoice! The Anton Art Center has announced new programming for 2019 – SatARTdays! The events, which are presented by First State Bank as part of the center’s 50th anniversary, are free and feature a variety of art activities and performances for the community.

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“As a reflection of our longtime commitment to enrich and inspire people of all ages through the arts, we are excited to unveil this new program during our 50th anniversary year,” said Anton Art Center Executive Director Phil Gilchrist. “The interactive nature of many of these programs will provide many unique opportunities to experience the arts firsthand, and thanks to the generosity of First State Bank, our community will be able to participate for free.”

antonActivities will take place on the second Saturday of each month in 2019 at the Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens. The first three events include:

Saturday, January 12, 2019, 5-9pm: Body Marbling Activation with BL Visuals
From the Black Light Visuals website (www.blacklightvisuals.com): Black Light Visuals was created by College for Creative Studies alumnus Brad Lawrence. Diagnosed with chronic tendonitis in his wrists at the age of 23, Brad could no longer draw or sculpt. Motivated by friend and Purple Heart Marine Michael Zach, Brad revisited abstract painting as art therapy. The duo debuted Body Marbling at Electric Forest Festival in 2013; traveling and painting became their road to rehabilitation.
*Please note: This is a drop-in event. Attendees can participate in an activity during their time at the center.

Saturday, February 9, 2019, 7:30-9pm: Michigan Opera Theatre
From the Michigan Opera Theatre website (www.michiganopera.org): Michigan Opera Theatre is the premier multi-disciplined producer and presenter for opera, musical theatre, and dance in the Great Lakes Region. Based in the city of Detroit, the organization engages artists of national and international stature for stellar main stage and outreach performances, and provides compelling cultural enrichment programs for the diverse audiences and communities that it serves, making it one of Detroit’s pillars of arts and culture.

Saturday, March 9, 2019, 6-8pm: Detroit Children’s Choir
From the Detroit Children’s Choir website (www.detroitchildrenschoir.org): The Detroit Children’s Choir is made up of more than 300 students in grades 3-12, who have a passion and love for singing. Choir members come from a variety of cities in Southeast Michigan, representing a range of diverse cultures and backgrounds. Children receive music literacy, sight reading skills and vocal technique along with the opportunity to perform on stages in the Detroit metro area. The Detroit Children’s Choir is committed to developing young leaders who will bring about positive change across our city and region.
*Please note: This event will feature a 45 minute performance by the choir. Exact timing of the performance is TBD.

For more information on SatARTdays, visit http://theartcenter.org.

The Anton Art Center is located at 125 Macomb Pl., Mount Clemens, Michigan, 48043. It is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and admission is free. To learn more, check out the center on Facebook (AntonArtCenter), Twitter (@AntonArtCenter) and Instagram (AntonArtCenter).

Megan Ochmanek is a communications specialist for the Macomb County Department of Planning and Economic Development.

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