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Celebrate the 9th Annual Canton Acts of Culture Week

Embrace Arts and Culture during this special celebration from May 10-18, 2019.

Canton will once again focus a spotlight on arts and culture during the 9th annual Canton Acts of Culture Week. This special week, presented by the Canton Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage, will begin on Friday, May 10 and run through Saturday, May 18, 2019, at various community locations.

Special events and programs will showcase community cultural resources and partnerships. celebrate the heritage and diversity of Canton, raise awareness of arts accessibility, while promoting local arts advocates and organizations in the Canton community.

A complete calendar of the 9th annual Canton Acts of Culture Week events will be available here (Calendar of Events PDF)

For more information on this Canton Community celebration, please call 734/394-5360.

Commission Overview

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 commission's 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.

For more information, please email the Commission for Culture, Arts and Heritage.



  • Darian Moore - Chairperson
  • Ken Bhuva - Immediate Past Chairperson
  • Bill Tesen -  (Historical Society rep)
  • Samar Sakakini - Secretary (Partnership for the Arts rep) 
  • Sommer Foster (Township Board rep)
  • Thomas Paden (Canton Chamber of Commerce rep)
  • Yvonne Alford
  • Anthony Davis
  • Sharon Dillenbeck
  • Sue Dodson
  • Kira Macyda
  • John Mullinax
  • Nikita Pandya
  • Susan Schwandt
  • Elena Semenov
  • Virginia Thorne-Herrmann (Plymouth-Canton Community Schools rep)

Canton Township Staff

2019 International Fest: Commission for Arts, Culture & Heritage

Each year during Canton's Annual Liberty Fest, performers and groups take the stage to showcase the many cultures of the Canton area. The festival takes place the Saturday prior to Father's Day in June.

As part of Canton's International Festival celebration, guests are invited to enter a drawing for a gift basket generously donated by members of Canton's Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage.

Join us for an opportunity to travel the globe through song and dance from around the world when International Festival performers will appear on the Canton LIVE! Stage on Saturday, June 15, 2019, from 11:30 am to 6 pm. Bring the whole family!

Acts of Culture Week at the Historical Museum: photos by Cecilia Escobar

International Fest 2016 Drawing Winners