Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage

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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.



  • Cecilia Escobar, Chairperson
  • Bill Tesen, First Vice Chairperson
  • Ken Bhuva, Vice Chairperson
  • Susan Schwandt, Immediate Past Chairperson
  • Jill Engel, Partnership for Arts & Humanities Representative
  • Thomas Paden, Chamber of Commerce Representative
  • Patrick Williams, Township Board Representative
  • Anthony Davis
  • Sharon Dillenbeck
  • Sue Dodson
  • Darian Moore
  • Samar Sakakini
  • Herb Scott
  • Kira Macyda
  • Nikita Pandya

Canton Township Staff

Celebrate the 7th Annual Canton Acts of Culture Week

Save the Date: April 28 - May 8, 2017
Click here for a complete schedule of 2017 Events.

Each year during the first week in May, the Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage hosts, "Acts of Culture Week" to raise awareness and showcase unique facets of the arts. Community organizations and area businesses are encouraged to participate in the week-long celebration throughout Canton to showcase our cultural resources and partnerships, celebrate our diverse cultures, and promote local arts. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Come experience the vast talent that our community has to offer!

Featured events, from year's past have included:
  • Canton Historical Society's History of Culture Exhibit
  • Michigan Opera Theatre Children's Opera
  • D & M Art Exhibition and Opening Champagne & Desserts Reception 
  • The Michigan Philharmonic’s Youth Orchestra's performance Spring Concert
  • Cinco de Mayo Kindermusik Playdate Evola Music Center
  • Annual Mother/Son Dance Canton Leisure Services
  • Free Drawing Classes for Veterans D & M Art Studio
  • Plymouth Community Arts Council Art Workshops & Fine Art Exhibit
  • Interfaith Community Outreach's "Lunch, Laugh, and Learn Geneva Presbyterian Church
  • Acts of Fashion Show Village Theater at Cherry Hill
For additional information on this Canton Community celebration, please call 734/394-5360 or by email.

2016 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 on June 18, 2016, guests were invited to enter a drawing for one of two gift baskets generously donated by members of Canton's Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage. Both baskets included restaurant and business gift certificates, tote bags, water bottles, books, tickets to Leisure Services' events and many other prizes. This year's winners were Ella Zhang and Jamie Stathopoulos.

Join us next year for the 26th Anniversary of Liberty Fest on June 15-17, 2017.

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

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International Fest 2016 Drawing Winners

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