In April 1996, Canton Township began investigating the need for a performing arts center. A recommendation was made to create a 501(c)(3) supporting organization under the Canton Community Foundation to coordinate major gift giving. Then in December of 1998, a small group of interested individuals were invited to participate in formulating that non-profit organization to assist in raising funds. The group named themselves the Partnership for the Arts & Humanities.
The Partnership’s initial efforts were centered on raising private funds for the construction of The Village Theater at Cherry Hill. The Partnership for the Arts & Humanities was successful in raising more than $5 million toward the construction and operation of The Village Theater, a 400-seat premiere performing arts center. The theater, owned by Canton Township celebrated its grand opening in the fall of 2004. The center is now home to a number of Western Wayne County performing arts organizations, including: an orchestra, band, chorale groups, youth, adult and senior drama theatre.
Since the opening of the theater, Canton Township, the Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage and the Partnership have worked together to expand art and cultural programs. The Partnership has awarded grant funding totaling over $1,200,000 to 15 local theater groups, local schools and Canton Township, including programs such as: Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Canton’s International Festival and Canton’s Acts of Culture Week. See past grant recipients. The Partnership continues to solicit funds through a variety of giving options to support the growth and development of cultural arts at the theater and now for the renovation and construction of the Village Arts Factory.
The Village Arts Factory property is located just one block west of The Village Theater in the heart of Canton’s historic Cherry Hill Village District. “The Village” is also home to one of the mid-west’s largest neo-traditional housing communities. The development of the Village Arts Factory will provide the community with a chance to save two nationally registered historic structures, as well as turn a now 17,500 square foot obsolete manufacturing warehouse into studio, gallery and retail space for visual artists. This project will offer the public opportunities to take art classes, view artists at work, visit art exhibits, purchase art and enjoy outdoor nature across eight acres. The Village Arts Factory will create a regional destination that will honor history and embrace the arts all in one.
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