to The Royal Oak Arts Council web site. The Royal Oak Arts Council, a Non-Profit 501(c)3 Volunteer Organization was organized over 40 years ago to increase the visibility of the Art Community at large. The group and those it supports include Artists – fine and performing, Students of the Arts, Arts Organizations and the Art Experience in and around the Community.
Major focus of the ROAC has been put on partnering with other organizations to make “Arts” things happen. A major partnership for our Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair is with the City of Royal Oak’s Recreation Department. Together we plan and present the fair, now in its 44th year. This Nationally recognized juried event draws fine artists from across the country to our beautiful shade tree filled Memorial Park and an art filled weekend of family fun and entertainment.
The Council also works with the Royal Oak Library to feature a local Artist of the Month throughout the year. Works of Art are on display in the showcase just inside the South Entrance of Library. Check out our schedule of artists to see who’s on display this month.
Enjoy Classical Music? In March, the ROAC in partnership with an area church presents the Royal Oak Baroque Festival Concert. The event is a celebration of music from Europe’s 1600 through mid 1700’s, a popular style still studied, performed and enjoyed today. Featured music includes composers such as Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi presented in instrumental and vocal performances featuring organ, clarinet, brass and saxophone. For more information about this year’s Concert, hit our Concert link.
New ventures for the ROAC include plans for a quarterly Royal Oak Area Arts Activity Calendar, a place to find out what’s going on in the Arts as you venture out into our community. Plans are to include local business, displays, events, performances, schools, theatre, etc. Watch for this exciting new addition – coming soon.
The Arts Council supports local arts organizations in the form of annual grants presented to our pARTners including: Royal Oak Children’s Choir, Royal Oak Concert Band, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, the South Oakland Artists Association, Stagecrafters Theatre Group, and Waterworks Theatre Shakespeare in the Park. For more information on each of these groups and their related performances, see the pARTners tab.
Promoting Future Arts!
Annually, graduating Royal Oak High School seniors that have been involved in visual, literary or performing arts such as Fine Arts, Music, Drama, Dance and Creative Writing may apply for an Arts Council Scholarship. Applications are available at the High School Counseling office in Mid-January and on-line here. Completed forms, recommendations and samples must be returned by U.S. Mail, postmarked no later than March 31, of the award year (example March 31, 2014). Scholarship winners receive their checks in May. Do you know a promising Royal Oak High School Arts student? Let them know about this opportunity.
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