Arts Council Workshops & Classes

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.

Currently, Stephen Smith and MaryAnn Moore, two MCAAC members, have coordinated an opportunity for creative individuals to get together and pursue their artistic endeavors. Whatever the media, bring your supplies and join the fun!
When: Tuesdays at 2:30 PM; Where: Wawatam Area Senior Center, 205 Cedar St., Mackinaw City. For further information call 231-436-5323.


Dance North

Dance North, a summer dance intensive, co-produced by board member Jo Cooley and her daughter Ann, of New York City, is scheduled for July 23-27, 2018.  This will be the 18th annual intensive in Northern Michigan and is attended by local, area and statewide students from ages 6-20.  The teaching faculty consists of professionals in the dance and entertainment field from NYC to California, all currently working in the business.

Three different levels of dance are offered in styles of musical theatre, contemporary, hip hop, jazz, tap and precision.  Faculty bios and general information plus registration forms are available at  The intensive is held in the beautiful studios of Bay Tennis and Fitness, Harbor Springs, with the final day in Mackinaw City for final rehearsals and a showcase at the Roth Performance Shell as part of Music in Mackinaw, Friday night, June 27.

An Evening with Photography Trainer Bob Grzesiak

Mackinaw City Area Arts Council is proud to present and evening with photography trainer Bob Grzesiak. Join us July 12, 2018 from 7-9pm at Mackinaw Woman’s Club at 310 Jamet St. Mackinaw City, Mi.

Bob Grzesiak (Gree-shack) began his career in photography as a way out of his high school journalism class. It worked.

Covering the 1972 election photographing Ed Muskie, George McGovern and Thomas Eagleton and (some crooks as well) as they campaigned through Saginaw peaked his interest photography as a communication medium.
From Regional Manager of Fotomat-Quarry Camera stores to General Manager of Linn’s Camera and Saginaw Photo Supply for over 20 years he became the Midwest Technical Representative for Fuji Film Professional Products for digital cameras, film, color paper and lab equipment for 20 years.

Most recently he conducted Eco-Photo Tours through his company, Great Lakes Photo Tours, encouraging environmental support and appreciation through photography.

His approach is simple; know your camera’s abilities and short-comings and the settings and tools that allow you to “create images in your brain and camera” rather than “fixing images in your computer”.
He reminds us we don’t “photograph things”, rather, we “record how light falls on selected subjects”. That awareness can make or break your images.

The evening discussion will be: A Camera’s View on Photographing Nature

. Bob discusses how to recognize your camera’s strengths and weaknesses for nature photography and tools to assist you as you photograph, from gear and exposure to light control and composition in the field.

After the lecture we will open up for question and answers. Take advantage of Bob’s passion for the technical. This will be a rewarding evening for anyone who’s interest lies in improving their photo work. Class is $10 at the door for members and $35 for non members, this includes a membership to the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council.   No prior registration required.


Author CarrieFancett Pagels on “Why Backstory Matters”

Want to start that novel you always said you would write? Michigan’s own Carrie Fancett Pagels will share her vast experience and insights to increase your writing skills at her lecture “Why Backstory Matters” on July 24, 2018 from 7-8pm at Mackinaw City Woman’s Club at 301 E. James St., Mackinaw City, Mi.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author, tagline “Hearts Overcoming Through Time.” Possessed with an overactive imagination, that wasn’t “cured” by twenty-five years as a psychologist, she loves bringing characters to life. Carrie and her family reside in Virginia’s Historic Triangle, which is perfect for her fascination with history. Carrie enjoys reading, traveling, baking, and beading-but not all at the same time!

Carrie’s romance novella, The Steeplechase, was a finalist in the prestigious Holt Medallion Awards in 2017. My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (Barbour, July 2017) was a Romantic Times Book Reviews Top Pick. Her short story, The Quilting Contest, was Historical Fiction Winner of Family Fiction’s “The Story” national contest. Her novella, The Substitute Bride was a 2016 Maggie Award (published) finalist for Romance Novellas. All three of her Christy Lumber Camp books were long list finalists for Family Fiction’s Book of the Year and The Fruitcake Challenge was a Selah Award finalist.
Come prepared to be inspired and challenged. No pre registration is required. Please bring pens and paper or if you wish your computer. Fee for MCAAC members is $10, non members fee $35 and includes a membership to the Mackinaw City Area Arts Council.


Paint ON the Mackinaw

Join us for fun evening as we “Paint ON the Mackinaw”! As we carry on the theme of this year’s painting project, we are thrilled to welcome Ms. Martina Hahn aboard as our teacher-artist. This is the first in a four-event series to be held over this summer.
She is a highly desired and sought-after artistic performer and motivational speaker throughout Michigan, the United States and Europe. We are excited to be able to welcome her – and YOU – aboard for an unforgettable evening as we sit aboard the ship and on the Straits of Mackinac.
The June event will start on Saturday, June 30th at 6:00 pm “sharp” so please be here no later than 5:45 pm. All materials will be provided and a complimentary beverage will be offered. The cost is $ 40.00 and you will take home a great memory of Mackinaw! To register, please call our office at 231-436-9825 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Advance payment is required. Seating is limited so please call soon!
The Icebreaker Mackinaw Museum Ship is located at 131 S. Huron Avenue, Mackinaw City, MI.

Coming for July 20

The next Paint on the Mackinaw will be held on Saturday, July 20th at 6:00 pm. All materials will be provided and a complimentary beverage will be offered. The cost is $ 40.00 and you will take home a great memory of Mackinaw!
To register, please call the Icebreaker at 231-436-9825 between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm, MondayFriday. Advance payment is required. Seating is limited so sign up today!


Introduction to Watercolor Painting with Mary Lou Peters

A watercolor class by our own Mary Lou Peters, will be held on Tuesday, August 21 at the Mackinaw Woman’s Club from 1:00 to 3:00pm. This class is an introduction to watercolor painting, designed for those who have always wanted to try working with watercolors without investing in the supplies. Students will leave with a completed 5” x 7” painting suitable for framing. While Mary Lou’s normal fee is $35 per student (supplies included), the Arts Council is only charging $10 per student and will subsidize the balance due Mary Lou. Class size is limited to sixteen. Please call Joann Leal to register for this class.  (231)-436-5626


Children’s Art Workshops 2018

Last but not least, Aliana Lee will teach five Children’s Arts and Craft workshops on every other Thursday beginning June 21 through August 16, from 11:00am until 1:00pm in the pavilion behind the Mackinaw Schools. These workshops are open to children of all ages. No registration required.  First come first serve (30 person limit). Bring a snack and bring clothes to paint in.

  • June 21- Summer Solstice Art Journal
  • July 5- Canvas Banner Art
  • July 29- Driftwood Wall Mobile
  • August 2- Starry Night Card Set
  • August 16-Painting Butterfly Magnets.

For questions contact Aliana at (919-796-2824) or email at email hidden; JavaScript is required


Art Tour

Meet the local artists and explore the art work of St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church during a tour guided by Sister Chris Herald on Sunday June 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM.  A reception in the conference center will follow the tour. St. Anthony’s is located at 600 West Central Avenue, Mackinaw City, Mi.

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