Arts Council Workshops, Classes

Special Events

For the past three summer seasons, MCAAC has offered workshops, Art 4 Kids, artist demonstrations, Paint and Pours, music and more at our Cultural Center located at Mackinaw Crossings. However due to a change in availability of that space, we will be seeking a new venue. As offerings are added to our calendar, the information will be included on the website.




Make your own Cards and Matching Envelopes


Join MCAAC board member Stephen Smith at the Wawatam Area Senior Center on Tuesday September 11, 2018 at 2:00pm to learn how to make your own cards and matching envelopes. This is a free class and open to everyone.  Wawatam Senior Center is located at 205 Cedar Street in Mackinaw City.
Bring the following tools;
12 inch ruler
something to cut paper into small shapes
glue stick or liquid craft glue
black marker
painting paper, paints, or pencils and colored markers.

Intro to Water Color with Mary Lou Peters

A new class has been added to Mary Lou Peters’ fall teaching schedule: Introduction to Watercolor Painting in Mackinaw City on Tuesday, September 25 from 7-9 p.m. at the Mackinaw City Women’s Club building at 301 E. Jamet Street. Cost is $10 and we will be painting a zinnia. All skill levels are welcome and all supplies are furnished. Call 231-412-2787 or email email hidden; JavaScript is required to register.





Gemini Twins

GEMINI, twin brother musicians, will be performing “A Musical Celebration for Children and the Whole Family on Friday September 28, 2018 at Church of the Straits, 307 N. Huron Street, Mackinaw City from  7pm to 8pm.    The concert will feature Gemini’s uncannily matched voices, their up-beat flair for sparking audience participation, a stage full of instruments and award-winning songs which capture the warmth and humor of family life.  Bring the whole family for this one. For information call 231-412-2787

They will be doing an afternoon school assembly the same day from 2:00pm to 2:45pm.

Born in Budapest, Hungary in 1949, the twin brothers emigrated with their parents after the 1956 Revolution and lived in Israel for three years before moving to the United States.  Living in several countries as they were growing up gave San and Laz a chance to see and appreciate many different ways of life, as well as exposing them to the music and instruments of various cultures.  They grew up hearing a rick variety of music at home.  Their father, a fine singer and a Cantor in the synagogue, taught them everything from religious music and Italian opera, to Hungarian and Yiddish fold songs.  Their mother, though not a musician, nevertheless had a powerful impact on their choice of careers.  “The music comes from our father,” the brothers say, “but whatever it takes to get up in front of an audience and put a song across, that comes from our mother’s spirit.”



Johnathan Rand “Michigan Chiller” Author

Under the pen names of Johnathan Rand and Christopher Knight, Wright has written over 60 books, with over 4 million in print!  As Johnathon Rand , he has authored over 90 books and hundreds of magazine articles and short stories.  He is best known for the Michigan CHILLER series.

On Monday September 10, 2018, popular author Christopher Wright will visit the Mackinaw City Public Schools.  He will do a lively presentation in the multi-purpose room for all students in grades 1-6 at 1:30 to 2:30pm.  At 3:00, he will conduct a creative writing workshop for students in grades 4-12. After the workshop we are asking workshop participants to submit their original compositions/stories to a panel of arts council members who will judge the work and will award 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes.  The first prize winner will have their piece published in the Mackinaw (on line) Newsletter by Sandy Planisek.


The DIA Inside/Out Program comes to Mackinaw City

The DIA Inside/Out program has come to town. The Village of Mackinaw City (through MCAAC) has been awarded three reproductions that were installed on May 16th and will remain in place until October.
The three locations selected for the reproductions are WaWatam Park, Conkling Heritage Park (on the west side of the Performance Shell), and Veterans Memorial Park(Marina Lawn) as the installation sites.

The pieces include:

Bank of the Oise                                                                The Sinfonia                                                       Asafo Flag

Vincent Van Gough                                                           Michiel VonMusscher                                    Unknown Artist Yorba

Veterans Memorial Park                                                  Conkling Heritage Park                                  Wawatam Park