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.

Spring Project – Readers Theatre 2018

A project, in cooperation with Natalie Postula, Mackinaw City High School English teacher, will be presented to her 9th grade English students as an arts outreach enrichment by the Arts Council. Guest educator and presenter, George Krawczyk of Cheboygan, will work with the students for five class periods exploring the fundamentals of play writing, character development, reading and vocal interpretation, musical composition, auditioning tips, and rehearsal techniques  while immersing the students in a “play reading” scenario.  Mr Krawczyk, with a degree in music education from The University of Michigan, is familiar to area as the music director at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Cheboygan.  He is an accomplished musician and collaborative playwright, having written many of the musicals performed by students as part of the Northland Players Summer Youth Productions.  He recently co-wrote and performed in a musical trio tribute to Valentines at an Audies Dinner Theatre.

The students will audition and perform in a Reader’s Theatre format one of Mr. Krawczyk’s musical comedies, complete with, hopefully, dialogue and vocal expertise.  This project will be undertaken in mid-May, with a possible sharing with fellow upper classmen.

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.

Rock Painting 2018

Rock Painting will be another activity for the students, instructed by MaryAnn Moore. Students will paint rocks with either an inspiring message or art. It can be done using acrylic paint, paint pens or any medium available. Next – Leave it in a public place like a park for someone to find and enjoy. The person who finds the rock can choose to hide it again, spreading the joy to someone else. At the same time, keep your eyes peeled for your own rock. It’s fun to paint and hide the rocks, but it’s also fun to run around and find them. Many people share pictures online of rocks they have made or found, sometimes posting clues about where they are hidden. The scavenger hunt gets people outside together.

Ottawa Park

Approximately 30 students from the Mackinaw Schools responded to the Call for Art for the summer installation in Ottawa Park, Cheboygan. The theme was “Fantasy & Myth” and students were asked to use their imagination and draw a mythical creature design, completed in color. All were selected and have the option to sign up and copy and paint their work on 24” square, primed panels during Studio time at Creation Station, or check out a take-home kit to complete at their leisure. Deadline for turning in completed work will be no later than May 18, 2018. Call Dani Cunningham at Creation Station (231-268-3059) regarding workshop Studio Times or picking up take-home kits.

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.

Children's Art Workshops 2018