Free Farmington Hills arts festival starts Thursday

Art lovers will enjoy live entertainment, an interactive arts forum, and more during this year’s Festival of the Arts, held April 14 through 16 at the Costick Center, 28600 W. 11 Mile Rd. in Farmington Hills.

Under the theme “Just Imagine…”, the annual exhibit will be open to the public on Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with a new look, additional offerings and exciting changes. The Farmington Art Foundation’s traditional spring exhibit and sale will also be held April 14 to 16, in conjunction with the festival.

Here’s the schedule of activities:

Festival of the Arts Reception and Awards Ceremony – April 15
Nina Kobayashi
Nina Kobayashi, 7, proudly displays the certificate she received last year as a 2015 national PTA Reflections winner.

The 2016 Artist in Residence and the winners of the Distinguished Service to the Arts, High School Art Competition, Farmington Art Foundation, and Farmington Public Schools PTA Reflections awards will be recognized. The evening will begin with a reception at 6 p.m. featuring live music by the Oakland Community College Jazz Band, appetizers, and a cash bar.

The awards presentation will begin at 7 p.m. and include entertainment by the Farmington Hills Youth Theatre, Nadanta (Indian dance), TruNorth and Northern Lights (vocal groups), Susie Lee (violin), 2015 Artist in Residence Ara Topouzian, and PTA Reflections Award Winner/Dance, Nina Kobayashi. Tickets, available at recreg.fhgov.com, are $15 per person.

Art of the Matter workshop – April 16

Hosted by  Farmington Area Arts Commission, this free workshop and interactive forum will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to anyone, particularly middle and high school students, interested in exploring diverse art-focused educational and career opportunities.

Family Festival – April 16
Art of the Matter
Professional artists will be featured during the Art of the Matter interactive panel.

Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this free event offers art experiences for all ages, including community cultural displays by area organizations, entertainment, and over 200 pieces of art to see and purchase. Artwork on display will include exhibits by Farmington Art Foundation members, Farmington Public Schools, Farmington PTA Reflections Art Competition, the Farmington Area Arts Commission Student Art Awards, and past and present Artists in Residence.

The free entertainment schedule is as follows:

10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. – Farmington High School Theatre

10:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. – Megan Cromwell (Reflections)

11 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Mid American – Dance & Pom

11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Dancing Feats

12 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. – Farmington Community Chorus

12:30 p.m. – 1 p.m. – Farmington Community Library

1 p.m.– 1:30 p.m. – Farmington Community Band – Clarinet Choir

1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. – Farmington Community Band – Flute Ensemble

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. – Dixie Land Band

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Dixie Land Band

3 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. – School of Rock

3:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. – Horns of the Hills

For detailed information, visit farmingtonarts.org or call the Cultural Arts Division at 248-473-1859.

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