…The Royal Oak Arts Council, a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Volunteer Organization, began more than 40 years ago to increase the visibility of the Art Community at large. The group and those it supports include Artists – both fine and performing, Student of the Arts, Art Organizations and the Art Experience in and around the Community of Royal Oak.
Major focus of the ROAC has been put on partnering with other organizations to make “Arts” things happen. One of those partnerships is with the City of Royal Oak’s Recreation Department to present the Annual Royal Oak Outdoor Art Fair. Together we plan and present the art fair, now in its 45th year. This Nationally recognized juried event draws fine artists from across the country to our beautiful shade tree filled Memorial Park and a weekend of family fun and entertainment.The Council also works with the Royal Oak Public 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 will include composers such as Bach, Handel, Scarlatti and Vivaldi presented in instrumental and vocal performances alongside various musical instruments such as the organ, clarinet, brass and saxophone. For more information about this year’s Concert please hit our Concert link.
A New venture for the ROAC is the addition of student art displays at the Royal Oak Public Library. Artwork will be selected by art teachers from the City’s Public and Parochial Schools. Art will represent all grade levels including High School, Middle School, Upper Elementary and Lower Elementary. Watch our Artist of the Month listing on the website for more information.
Donations and our share of profits from Outdoor Art Fair support local arts organizations in the form of annual grants presented to our pARTners including: Common Ground Art Therapy Program – Pontiac, Royal Oak Children’s Choir, Royal Oak Concert Band, Royal Oak Handbell Choir, Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra, the South Oakland Artists Association, Stagecrafters Theatre Group, and Water Works Theatre - Shakespeare in the Park Summer Program. For more information on each of these groups and their related performances, see the pARTners tab
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 Scholarships. 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, 2015). Scholarship winners receive their checks to be used toward college tuition in May. Do you know any promising Royal Oak High School Arts students? Please let them know about this opportunity.
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