Commission for Culture, Arts & Heritage

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Celebrate the 8th Annual Canton Acts of Culture Week

Embrace Arts and Culture during this special celebration from May 12-19, 2018.
View the complete 2018 Calendar of Events (PDF) or look below for the At A Glance overview.

Each year during 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!

SPOTLIGHT ON: Canton Historical Museum
Did you know that Canton has an Historical Museum, located in an historic one-room schoolhouse located at 1022 Canton Center Road?  Learn more about Canton's history and the classroom culture from yesteryear when you visit the Canton Historical Museum on Saturday, May 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event is free; donations are appreciated!  For more information, visit 

Featured events, include:
For additional information on this Canton Community celebration, please call 734/394-5360 or by email.

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.



  • Ken Bhuva - Chairperson
  • Darian Moore - Vice Chairperson
  • Bill Tesen - Immediate Past Chairperson (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

2018 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 16, 2018, 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